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PGA Tour suspends members for enjoying at LIV Golf occasion

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A number of main winners Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson are in the identical group at Centurion Membership on Thursday

The PGA Tour has suspended all of its members who’re taking part in on this week’s Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational.

The event, being held at Centurion Membership close to London, is essentially the most profitable within the historical past of the sport with a $25m (£20m) prize fund.

Six-time main winner Phil Mickelson is among the many largest names to be affected.

LIV Golf issued a right away reply calling the PGA Tour “vindictive” and mentioned this “deepens the divide between the Tour and its members”.

The assertion added: “It is troubling that the Tour, an organisation devoted to creating alternatives for golfers to play the sport, is the entity blocking golfers from taking part in.

“This definitely will not be the final phrase on this subject. The period of free company is starting as we’re proud to have a full area of gamers becoming a member of us in London, and past.”

The PGA Tour launched its assertion half-hour after play had begun at Centurion, the place 48 gamers are competing within the first of eight deliberate LIV Golf invitational occasions.

McIlroy and Thomas welcome ruling

Rory McIlroy and Justin Thomas, who’re each taking part in on the PGA’s Canadian Open this week, welcomed the ruling from the PGA.

“Anyone that is shocked clearly hasn’t been listening,” two-time main winner Thomas mentioned.

“They took that threat going into it, whether or not they thought it was a threat or not.

“I’ve nice perception and nice confidence within the PGA Tour and the place we’re going and persevering with to develop to, and people guys simply aren’t going to be part of it.”

Thomas added: “They’re clearly throwing a lot cash at people who it is very onerous to show down.

“It would not matter who you might be or what it’s, every thing has a quantity. They’re reaching that quantity for some individuals and I hope that they do not get others.

“However I feel a really robust core group of us may be very steady and agency in our place, and I hope that it stays that means.”

Northern Eire’s McIlroy mentioned: “I feel it is the fitting factor as a result of these guys have damaged guidelines and carried out issues exterior of the event rules, and due to that there are going to be penalties, I suppose.”

Graeme McDowell mentioned he’d resigned from the PGA Tour “half-hour earlier than I teed it up” on the LIV occasion on Thursday.

“It was a tough determination however it places me right into a much less litigious state of affairs,” he mentioned. “I did not need to resign, the PGA Tour has been nice. That is about wanting so as to add on extra tournaments to my golf profession.”

Talking after taking part in on Thursday, Mickelson mentioned: “As I mentioned in my press convention yesterday, any PGA Tour issues I am not going to debate publicly.”

Suspension impacts 17 gamers

Former world primary Greg Norman is the chief govt of LIV Golf, which has £1.6bn of funding from Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.

The primary seven occasions all have the identical $25m prize fund, with the winner gathering $4m, whereas a crew ingredient will see the highest three groups share $5m. The eighth occasion is a $50m crew championship and will likely be performed in October at Trump Doral in Miami.

The PGA Tour had refused requests for waivers from its members eager to play within the new collection and had threatened to ban people who rebelled.

This determination impacts 17 gamers, together with lifetime member Mickelson and his fellow American Dustin Johnson, who introduced on Tuesday that he had resigned from the Tour. Mickelson didn’t deny that he had been given $200m to play within the collection, whereas Johnson is reported to be getting $150m.

Crucially, the PGA Tour has closed a loophole that will doubtlessly have allowed gamers who’ve resigned from the tour to play occasions by way of sponsors exemptions.

Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell and Lee Westwood, have, like Johnson, already resigned and can all be affected by that ruling.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan mentioned, within the assertion that was issued to all members of the tour: “In accordance with the PGA Tour’s event rules, the gamers competing this week with out releases are suspended or in any other case not eligible to take part in PGA Tour event play, together with the Presidents Cup.

“The identical destiny holds true for some other gamers who take part in future Saudi Golf League occasions in violation of our rules.

“These gamers have made their selection for their very own financial-based causes.

“However they cannot demand the identical PGA Tour membership advantages, concerns, alternatives and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our followers and our companions.”

The gamers will likely be faraway from the FedEx Cup factors record following the tip of the Canadian Open on Sunday.

The European-based DP World Tour, when contacted by BBC Sport, declined to remark.

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