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LIV Golf players write to DP World Tour to rescind sanctions

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Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among 16 LIV Golf players who have written to the DP World Tour asking it to rescind their fines and allow them to compete at next week’s Scottish Open, according to a report.

The British golfers were among European tour members banned from three upcoming DP World Tour events and fined £100,000 ($121,230) each after playing in the opening event. of the LIV Golf Invitational Series, backed by Saudi Arabia, in London.

“Rather than spend our time, energy, financial resources and focus on appeals, injunctions and trials, we implore you… to reconsider your recent sentences and sanctions,” the letter said, according to the Telegraph.

The players asked the tour to “rescind their fines and suspensions by 5:00 p.m. Friday.”

“If not, it will leave us no choice but to employ the other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these errors.”

On Friday, DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley issued a lengthy statement saying the leaked letter contained “so many inaccuracies that it cannot remain unanswered.”

The statement read: “Before joining LIV Golf, players knew there would be consequences if they chose money over competition. Many of them at the time understood and accepted this. In fact, as one player mentioned in the letter in a media interview earlier this year: ‘If I get banned, I get banned.’ It is not credible that some are now surprised with the actions we have taken.”

The US-based PGA Tour, which announced a 13-year partnership with the DP World Tour this week, has suspended players for joining the breakaway circuit. The players said in the letter that the alliance would have a negative impact on DP World Tour players.

“Approximately 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World Tour will now be ineligible and instead only have the option to play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week before the Open.” for less money but at a higher cost to participate.

“That the top players on the DP World Tour are now earning PGA Tour cards only serves to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and further depletes emerging DP World Tour talent,” the letter read.

Pelley responded: “The letter states that these players ‘care deeply’ about the DP World Tour. An analysis of past participation statistics on our Tour in recent years for several of the top players mentioned suggests otherwise. A player in The particular man mentioned on the ticket has only played six Rolex Series events in the last five years. Another, only four. I wish a lot of them had been as eager to play on our Tour then as they seem to be now, based on the fact that who have either resigned their membership from the PGA Tour or, if they are still members, have been suspended indefinitely.

“Also, given how deeply these players say they care about the DP World Tour, perhaps some of them could have played in Ireland this week in support of our new title sponsor, in particular a player who gave us a signed commitment. to play at Mount Juliet: With that player currently in action at Pumpkin Ridge, you can imagine the accusation in the card that we’re wrong is hard to take.

“We also make a big exception to an allegation made near the end of the letter that we are somehow playing ‘second fiddle’ on the PGA TOUR. Nothing could be further from the truth,” he added.

Pelley goes on to explain the benefits of the DP World Tour’s association with the PGA Tour, before finally commenting on the sanctions imposed on LIV players.

“Finally, it would not be appropriate for me to comment on possible legal matters… The sanctions for those members who knowingly violated our rules by playing at the Centurion Club without a statement are proportionate, fair and, I believe, considered necessary.” by the majority of our members.

The second LIV event kicked off in Portland, Oregon on Thursday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, going head-to-head with the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic.

Information from Reuters is included in this report.

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