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Commissioner Jay Monahan told members in a memo obtained by Fox News Digital Thursday that golfers participating in LIV Golf Championships will no longer be eligible to compete in the PGA Tour and Chiefs Cup events.
The memo was sent to members of the PGA Tour as LIV Golf’s first tournament in London. The Saudi-backed league will feature stars such as Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na and Lee Westwood, among others. Monahan thanked those who committed to the RBC Canadian Open this weekend and directed his message to “those players who have decided to manage their appearance on the PGA Tour by willfully violating regulations.”
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The memo specifically singled out Johnson, Mickelson, NA, Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Tallor Gooch, Branden Grace, Matt Jones, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Andy Uglitter, Louis Oosthuizen, Turk Pettit, Ian Poulter, Charles Schwarzl, Hudson Swafford and Peter Oehlen. . Monahan said these players either did not receive releases to play at LIV Golf or did not apply for releases at all.
Players who have resigned from their memberships, including Garcia, Grace, Johnson, Kaymer, McDowell, Na, Oosthuizen, Pettit, Schwartzel and Westwood, will be removed from the FedEx Cup points list after the conclusion of the RBC Canadian Open, according to the memo. Players who have resigned will not be allowed to play in PGA Tour tournaments as non-members via Sponsor Waiver or any other eligibility category.
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“These players made their choice for their own financial reasons. But they cannot claim the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities, and platform as you. This expectation disrespects you, our fans, and our partners. A different choice is to stick to the tournament regulations you agreed when you achieved your dream. By receiving the PGA Tour Card and – most importantly – competing as part of the preeminent organization in the world of professional golf,” the note states.
“I’m sure our fans and partners – who are definitely sick of all this talk about money, money and more money – will continue to be entertained and forced into the global competition you show each week, where there are real consequences for every shot you take and your rightful place in history as you reach the elusive winner’s circle. “.
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Monahan praised those who stayed on the PGA Tour and said that being with the organization was meant to “elevate” everyone involved.
Monahan added, “I know you’re with us, and vice versa. Our partners are with us too. And the fact that your former Tour teammates couldn’t say the same should be obvious.”
LIV Golf, backed by the financial arm of Saudi Arabia, rocked the golfing world when it began offering PGA Tour members crazy sums of money to compete in the rival league.
Some players decided to jump into the new league and in turn faced the wrath of the PGA Tour. The discipline will also apply to players who may decide to join the PGA Tour in the future.
LIV Golf responded to the PGA Tour’s suspension, calling it “retaliatory”.
“Today’s announcement of the PGA Tour is Revenge and it deepens the divide between the Tour and its members. It is troubling that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity that prevents golfers from playing,” LIV Golf said.
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“This is certainly not the last word on the matter. The era of free agency has begun because we are proud to have a full playing field in London and beyond.”