Ian Poulter among three LIV Golf Series players pardoned from Scottish Open


Three players have been added to the field for this week’s Genesis Scottish Open after their suspensions for playing in the opening event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series were temporarily stayed on appeal.

Members of the DP World Tour who played on the Saudi-backed rogue circuit without permission were banned from the Scottish Open, in addition to two other events co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour, and given individual fines of £100,000.

However, following a hearing before Sport Resolutions (UK) on Monday, the suspensions imposed on Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding were temporarily suspended, pending determination of their substantive appeals.


DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley said: “Out of respect for JP and Noreen McManus, their wonderful Pro-Am and the excellent fundraising they do on behalf of charities in the West of Ireland, I will not give an answer. detailed about this. matter now.

“I will simply say that we are disappointed in the outcome of today’s hearing, but we will abide by the decision. However, it is important to remember that this is only a suspension of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal as to whether those sanctions were appropriate.

“The field composition for the Genesis Scottish Open will be reported in due course, but based on this decision, the field size will increase beyond 156.

“We will comment further on this in due course, but not during our time at Adare Manor.”

Speaking before the decision was announced, Poulter told BBC Sport: “I’m disappointed, I’m offended because obviously I’m suspended from playing golf on a tour that I’ve been a member of for 24 years, but I’ve been told no. can, so it’s disappointing.

“I put it up as an individual because I want to play, so whether people want to be involved in that is up to them, but my correspondence is obviously fighting for my rights to play golf.”

Poulter commented after competing in a star-studded pro-am event in Ireland that brought together players from both sides of the controversy that currently divides the sport.

Thousands of people packed the streets of the 2027 Ryder Cup venue, Adare Manor, as the likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm competed with notable LIV signings like Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood. at the JP McManus Pro-Am charity fundraiser.

Another participant was former Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, who insisted there is room for the LIV tour to co-exist with traditional circuits.

Harrington also played down suggestions of a serious rift between LIV rebels and players who chose to remain affiliated with the PGA and DP World tours.

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Padraig Harrington says there is room for the LIV Golf tour to co-exist with traditional circuits (Donall Farmer/PA).

“Being here is a bit like Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving for your family,” Dubliner said.

“You know, you could have a brother sitting there and you could be, we’ll Americanize it, you could be a Republican, they could be a Democrat, but they’re all friends at that particular time and maybe politics isn’t. mentioned at the dinner table.

“On an individual basis, this is not a difficult situation here this week. We are all friends.

Harrington, fresh from his US Senior Open triumph, said he would not like to see European veterans who signed up for the LIV series be denied the opportunity to captain the Ryder Cup.

He made it clear that he did not expect to return to the position.

“I think there are a lot of people who have the future to be Ryder Cup captains and I think everyone should have that opportunity,” said the 50-year-old multiple winner.

“I had my chance. As much as I love the experience of being the Ryder Cup captain and I really did, you know it was a tough decision and I can’t see myself going back to that field again.”

Amid the continuing acrimony over the LIV series, Harrington expressed hope that the golf landscape would finally settle down.

Tiger Woods waves to fans on the 18th green at the JP McManus Pro-Am

Tiger Woods waves to fans on the 18th green at the JP McManus Pro-Am. (Peter Morrison/AP)

“I think there is room in golf for a lot of tours and a lot of competition,” he said.

He added: “The more the better if you ask me, everyone will find their place and in three or four years, five years, you know, things will have settled down and we will all know where we stand.

“Right now there is disruption, no question about it. But disruption is not bad sometimes.”

Woods’ participation in the 36-hole event in Ireland will further raise hopes that he will be fit enough to compete at the St Andrews Open later this month.

The 15-time major champion continues to battle pain in his right leg following serious injuries sustained in a car accident in Los Angeles in February of last year.

He withdrew from the USPGA Championship after three rounds in May and sat out last month’s US Open, but has signaled his intention to contest the final major of the year in Scotland.