August 17, 2022

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6:38 AM ET Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are amongst 16 LIV Golf gamers who’ve...

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Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are amongst 16 LIV Golf gamers who’ve written to the DP World Tour asking it to rescind its fines and permit them to compete in subsequent week’s Scottish Open, based on a report.

The British golfers have been among the many European tour’s members who have been banned from three upcoming DP World Tour occasions and fined £100,000 ($121,230) every after enjoying within the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Collection’ opening occasion in London.

“As a substitute of spending our time, power, monetary sources and concentrate on appeals, injunctions and lawsuits, we’d implore you … to rethink your current penalties and sanctions,” the letter learn, based on the Telegraph.

The gamers referred to as on the tour to “rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 p.m. on Friday”.

“If not, you’ll go away us with no selection however to make use of the varied different means and strategies at our disposal to rectify these wrongs.”

On Friday, DP World Tour chief govt Keith Pelley issued an extended assertion that mentioned the leaked letter contained “so many inaccuracies that it can’t stay unchallenged.”

The assertion learn: “Earlier than becoming a member of LIV Golf, gamers knew there could be penalties in the event that they selected cash over competitors. A lot of them on the time understood and accepted that. Certainly, as one participant named within the letter mentioned in a media interview earlier this yr; ‘In the event that they ban me, they ban me.’ It’s not credible that some at the moment are shocked with the actions we have now taken.”

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The U.S.-based PGA Tour, which introduced a 13-year partnership with the DP World Tour this week, has suspended gamers for becoming a member of the breakaway circuit. The gamers mentioned within the letter that the alliance would have a unfavourable affect on DP World Tour gamers.

“Roughly 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World tour will not be eligible, and as a substitute will solely have the choice to go and play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week earlier than The Open, for much less cash however at the next value to take part.

“That the DP World Tour high performers will now earn PGA Tour playing cards serves solely to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour’s high rising expertise even additional,” the letter mentioned.

Pelley responded: “The letter claims that these gamers ‘care deeply’ for the DP World Tour. An evaluation of the previous participation statistics on our Tour in recent times of a number of of the main gamers named, suggests in any other case. One participant particularly named within the word has solely performed six Rolex Collection occasions prior to now 5 years. One other one, solely 4. I want lots of them had been as eager to play on our Tour then as they appear to be now, primarily based on the very fact they’ve both resigned their membership of the PGA Tour or, if they’re nonetheless in membership, have been suspended indefinitely.

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“Moreover, given how deeply these gamers say they care in regards to the DP World Tour, maybe a few of them might have performed in Eire this week in assist of our new title sponsor, particularly one participant who gave us a signed dedication to play at Mount Juliet. With that participant at present in motion at Pumpkin Ridge, you may think about the allegation within the letter that we’re within the flawed, is difficult to just accept.

“We additionally take nice exception to an allegation made close to the tip of the letter which states we’re in some way enjoying ‘second fiddle’ to the PGA TOUR. Nothing could possibly be farther from the reality,” he added.

Pelley goes on to clarify the advantages of the DP World Tour’s partnership with the PGA Tour, earlier than lastly commenting on the sanctions imposed on LIV gamers.

“Lastly, it will not be acceptable for me to touch upon any potential authorized issues … The sanctions for these members who knowingly broke our guidelines by enjoying on the Centurion Membership with out a launch are proportionate, honest and, I consider, thought of vital by nearly all of our members.”

The second LIV occasion teed off in Portland, Oregon on Thursday on the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Membership, going head-to-head with the PGA Tour’s John Deere Traditional.

Info from Reuters is included on this report.