LONDON – The PGA Tour said on Thursday it had suspended 17 players who took part in the first event of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Tour, a move that punished rebellious professionals but also appeared to be aimed at preventing further apostasy.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said in a memorandum to his membership that golfers who played at the first LIV Golf event in London on Thursday “could no longer participate” in the US tour or other events. Its branches. He also promised to apply the same suspension to any professional who joins one of the later events of the competing tour.
Ahead of the event at the Centurion Club, most of the players who signed up for LIV Golf, including Dustin Johnson, Louis Ostwizen, Kevin Nam and Sergio Garcia, said they would retire from the PGA tour, possibly to stop or avoid life. Prohibition. But Monahan’s letter says they were still threatened with exile.
“These players made the choice for their own financial reasons,” Monahani wrote to the tour players. But they may not claim the same benefits, opinions, capabilities and platform as the PGA Tour membership. “These expectations are not respected by you, our fans and our partners.”
The memorandum did not explicitly state how to deal with players who have been cheated in the LIV Golf Circle in the future, or to be tempted to join them with a huge new tour fee and format that guarantees all entrants. Six-digit payouts for each event.
LIV Golf quickly issued a response suggesting it would not be a golf course.
“Today ‘s announcement of the PGA Tour is vindictive and it escalates the rift between the tour and its members,” LIV Golf said in a statement. “It is disturbing that the tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play, is an organization that blocks golfers. Of course, this is not the last word on this topic. The era of free agency is starting because we are proud to have a full field of players join us in London and beyond. ”