The Saudi rebels will be eliminated from next month’s Scottish Open, but the postponement of the Ryder Cup for European players in the LIV Golf Series looks set to continue deep into the summer and possibly beyond.
The much-anticipated announcement from the DP World Tour – formerly the European Tour – is expected on Friday and will see Ian Poulter and Sergio García exiled from the $ 8 million event on July 7-10, a week before the 150 St Andrews Open Championship.
For the first time, the Renaissance Club liaison tournament will be approved by the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour, after the two traditional forces of the game signed a “strategic alliance” 20 months ago in response to the LIV threat.
However, despite the fact that the PGA Tour has issued indefinite bans on its members who have signed deals with the split track, the DP World Tour will continue to consider how to better respond to those who defied Keith Pelley’s orders, as Tour’s CEO refused resignations players who asked to appear at LIV events.
Fines are likely to be imposed, but it is believed that the policy after the Scottish Open will be to be taken per tournament. As this is not the year of the Ryder Cup, Pelley and his board still have time to make a decision on the two-year dust, with growing concerns that the 95-year-old race is threatened by the LIV bomb.
The PGA Tour bans essentially mean that American heavyweights such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka – whom Telegraph Sport only revealed on Tuesday signed a nine-number deal with LIV – can no longer play for their country in both the Ryder Cup and the Presidents Cup.
And with Phil Mickelson also on the ever-growing roster cultivated by Greg Norman, LIV’s CEO, it already means that five of the US Ryder Cup 2018 team and three of the 2021 team, as things stand, will be absent. from next year. edition in Rome.
In a letter sent to all members of the DP World Tour last week, Pelley revealed that he was flooded with players asking, “why don’t we just follow what the PGA Tour did and immediately exclude those players.”
“While I understand the frustration, I remind you all that although we work closely with the PGA Tour, we are different organizations and our rules and regulations are therefore different,” Pelley added.
Rumors were rife that Pelley had secret conversations with the LIV, with a report in an influential American magazine stating that the Canadian was seen at the first LIV event. However, the DP World Tour quickly issued a categorical denial.
The picture is further complicated by the fact that DP World – the Tour title sponsors with whom Wentworth HQ signed a 10-year contract last November worth up to $ 1 billion – has such close ties with Saudi Arabia. On Monday, the multinational port company – which ultimately belongs to the Dubai Royal Family – signed a 30-year agreement with the Saudi Port Authority and DP World’s ties with the Kingdom amount to $ 10 billion.
If DP World feels that its position is at stake, then other sponsors, such as BMW, may also be opposed to the big names refusing to attend their events. García, world No. 24 Louis Oostzhuizen and two-time champion Martin Kaymer were three of the 10 rebels who played at the LIV opener in Hertfordshire two weeks ago, but were allowed to play at the BMW International Open in Munich on Tour event that started on Thursday.
However, the Tour transparently tried to highlight the outcast status of these professionals by putting nine of the 10 in the same groups.
There will be no need for subtle maneuvers with the draw in the East Lothians. Entries closed for the Scottish Open on Thursday and are believed to have included García, who resigned from the PGA Tour before being eliminated, and Poulter, the Englishman who said he would appeal the suspension.
Scotland’s Wentworth HQ sanctions were expected due to its involvement in the PGA Tour – Sawgrass brought in Genesis sponsors, but it is still a very important decision by Wentworth HQ, just because this is the first time the Tour excludes players from appearing on another tour.
Will García and Co be missed by anyone but their fans? Dubious. The 72-hole event will feature all four major champions – including world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler and Yorkshireman Matt Fiztaptrcik who won last week’s US Open – as well as eight other members of the world’s top 15. The stadium will consist of 72 PGA Tour Players and 72 of the DP World Tour.