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DP World Tour announces sanctions for LIV golfers…including heavy fines

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In a dramatic move by the DP World Tour, all players involved with the LIV Golf Series will be fined and banned from entering the Scottish Open in July.

With the highly-regarded tournament set to take place at the Renaissance Club for the fourth year in succession, many of the top players will have planned to use the event to prepare for The Open Championship, set to have its 150th running at St. Andrews, just a week later.

Whilst the R&A, the organisation with control of the final major, is allowing LIV players into the event, this seems to be a European version of the twists and turns in the United States, where LIV players were welcomed into the PGA Championship but shunned by the PGA Tour.

The DP World Tour will fine members that played at the opening LIV event at the Centurion Club to the tune of £100,000 and suspend all from both the Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, held from July 7th-10th, and from the Barracuda Championship, taking place as an ‘opposite’ event to what should be a classic final major.

Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour, has not ruled out further action, his statement confirming that participation in further conflicting tournaments without the required release “may incur further sanctions.”

The Scottish Open is an event that has often enticed many of the live candidates for The Open, and can list both Phil Mickelson and Graeme McDowell as previous winners, the pair now banned from the event because of their participation in the inaugural LIV event.

The 2021 running saw Collin Morikawa finish down the field before coming on from the experience to win the Claret Jug, whilst joint runner-up Matt Fitzpatrick subsequently won the Andalucia Masters and, of course, the recent US Open at Brookline.

Whilst the amount of the fine is peanuts in comparison to the millions that has been offered to the likes of Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, this will go down well with players with the same mindset as Morikawa, Max Homa and Rory McIlroy, all of whom talk of history and tradition.

Indeed, the last-named and recent Canadian Open winner has labelled some of the breakaway players as “duplicitous”, a reference to the talk of ‘loyalty’ to the PGA Tour and a quick backtrack to signing for the Saudi-backed series.

Pelley was clear in his statement made earlier today:

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members.”

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years.”

Pelley concludes, “Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

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  1. Pingback: 2 big European names reportedly in talks with LIV Golf – GolfWRX

  2. Roger Goodell

    Jun 27, 2022 at 2:05 am

    Oh but the DP tour is fine playing in China and associating it self with them?? Yea like China is any better than Saudi Arabia. The PGA and DP tours are a joke. They are fooling no one, both are only about money as well. Look at how quick they got rid of life time members. Rory, Collin, JT you think the PGA tour has your back? JT remember when you said a few words and ALL you sponsors dropped you?? They are just a replaceable piece in a money machine aka the PGA Tour

  3. MICHAEL

    Jun 26, 2022 at 9:49 am

    What is the DP tour? It’s so not relevant in term of any golf that we here in America are interested in.

    • Jed

      Jun 27, 2022 at 10:45 am

      It’s the European tour. Great to watch. No one yells stupid stuff out from the crowd. There is a world out beyond the United States.

      • Jeds Unemployed Dad

        Jun 27, 2022 at 5:37 pm

        “There is a world out beyond the United States”……. so go join it, and yell stupid stuff on the internet.

      • Mike

        Jun 28, 2022 at 3:35 pm

        I know. And I’ve been fortunate to have traveled to lots of it. But like it or not, American golf is the epicenter of world golf, that’s why so many European (& other) pros move here during their playing days. So the the DP tour is pretty irrelevant in that sense.

        BTW, I detest the idiots that yell “in the hole” or “mashed potatoes” a millisecond after a shot. Unlimited alcohol sales will do that.

  4. Tom Kay

    Jun 25, 2022 at 10:42 am

    The DP Tour changed positions on the LIV Tour after a stern phone call from Monahan.

  5. Ouch

    Jun 25, 2022 at 10:05 am

    The Double Penetration Tour

    • MICHAEL

      Jun 26, 2022 at 9:50 am

      I can already see Pornhub dreaming about the movie they’re going to make about the “DP” tour!

  6. PJ

    Jun 25, 2022 at 8:25 am

    I doubt the players that left for LIV care about what the DP World Tour thinks or does. Same for the PGA.

  7. Ned

    Jun 25, 2022 at 5:58 am

    Talk about flip flopping just days ago they said the LIV players were welcome to play. Make up your mind guys. Guess the PGA out pressure on them. Funny how the PGA found 54 million to add to the payouts next year. The LIV has Ray shanking in his boots.

  8. Phuck

    Jun 24, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    Phuck Em and their tournament.

  9. Bren

    Jun 24, 2022 at 11:49 am

    The Scottish Invitational?

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Charlie Woods gives first interview after firing 68 at Notah Begay qualifying event

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Over the weekend, Charlie Woods participated in the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

With his dad on his bag, Charlie did not disappoint.

Charlie finished tied for fourth in the Boys 12-13 division thanks to a career low four-under 68.

After his round, Charlie gave an interview and in the process gave a lot of credit to the fifteen-time major champion helping him out throughout the event.

“Dad told me to stay patient. I just played steady golf,” Charlie said.

I’m sure we will hear a lot more of the name “Charlie Woods” in the coming years.

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‘He didn’t look right’ – Tiger’s mobility issues reportedly continue as he caddies for son Charlie

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Over the weekend, 13-year-old Charlie Woods played in a junior golf tournament and shot a career low 68 on his way to a second-place finish.

As great as the performance was for Charlie, a big part of the story was who he had on his bag. That’s right, his dad.

Tiger Woods caddied for Charlie during the event, and according to those in attendance, he “didn’t look right.”

According to @TWLegion on Twitter, the man who took a picture of Tiger Woods said he was in a cart all day and didn’t look completely healthy.

This adds further speculation to the health concerns of Tiger Woods. Many speculated that his lack of presence at the Presidents Cup was odd, considering he could have used a cart like the other captains of the American team. He was on the phone with Davis Love III during the match, but it was reported that he wasn’t in attendance due to “physical limitations.”

The last time we saw Tiger on the golf course — a missed cut at The Open in July — he didn’t look like he was ready to play professional golf competitively. Although his caddie Joe LaCava has speculated that we could see Woods tee it up a few times prior to the Masters in 2023, the recent developments don’t seem promising.

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‘I was pretty p****d off’ – Justin Thomas on Si-Woo Kim’s shush celebration during feisty Sunday clash

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With the Internationals down four points heading into Sunday singles in the Presidents Cup, The United States threw out their de-facto leader Justin Thomas in the first match of the day. In a match where it was crucial to set the tone, International Team captain Trevor Immelmann surprisingly chose Si Woo Kim to counter Thomas.

The South Korean did not disappoint, and although the United States went on to win pretty comfortably, Kim did his job in defeating Thomas by 1-up.

Tensions ran high throughout the day, with Thomas seemingly upset over Kim’s unwillingness to concede a few short putts early in the match.

It was a bit surprising to see Thomas take exception with Kim’s insistence that he finish out some short putts, considering that the Internationals needed to make up quite a large deficit. Additionally, Thomas had been a stickler all week about giving his opponents anything that bordered on “a gimme”.

After a big par putt on the 15th, a clearly emotional “JT” gave a big fist pump in celebration. Usually quite reserved, Si Woo Kim took notice and quieted the crowd after a big par save to match Thomas.

Once again, Thomas took exception to Si Woo, admitting after the match that he was “p***** off “at Kim’s theatrics.

“Honestly, at the time, I was pretty p***** off,” said Thomas afterwards. “I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.”

When asked about his reaction to the made putt, Kim said he saw Patrick Reed do the celebration at the 2014 Ryder Cup and wanted to do something to match Thomas’ energy.

“I saw that Patrick [Reed] did it before, and yeah, JT give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

After all was said and done, Thomas admitted that Kim had the right to celebrate his victory.

“He hit the shots and made the putts better than I did the last three holes or, really, the last nine holes when he needed to,” said Thomas. “So, I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me. So he has the upper hand on me. But we won the Cup so that’s all that matters.”

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