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9:40 AM ET The PGA Tour has suspended the 17 members who’re competing within the...

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The PGA Tour has suspended the 17 members who’re competing within the inaugural LIV Golf occasion, asserting the punishment in a memo to gamers Thursday, a duplicate of which was obtained by ESPN.

Gamers who resigned their membership earlier than beginning the LIV Golf occasion being held exterior London are additionally not eligible to compete in tour occasions or the Presidents Cup.

“These gamers have made their selection for their very own financial-based causes,” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan wrote within the memo. “However they can not demand the identical PGA TOUR membership advantages, concerns, alternatives and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our followers and our companions. You could have made a special selection, which is to abide by the Match Rules you agreed to while you completed the dream of incomes a PGA TOUR card and — extra importantly — to compete as a part of the preeminent group on the earth {of professional} golf.”

The memo stated gamers who compete in LIV occasions are ineligible to take part on the PGA Tour or some other excursions it sanctions, together with the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA Tour Champions, PGA Tour Canada and PGA Tour Latinoamerica.

“I’m sure our followers and companions — who’re certainly uninterested in all this discuss of cash, cash and more cash — will proceed to be entertained and compelled by the world-class competitors you show every week, the place there are true penalties for each shot you are taking and your rightful place in historical past everytime you attain that elusive winner’s circle,” Monahan wrote.

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“You’re the PGA TOUR, and this second is about what we stand for: the PGA TOUR membership as an entire. It is about lifting up those that select to not solely profit from the TOUR, however who additionally play an integral position in constructing it. I do know you’re with us, and vice versa. Our companions are with us, too. The truth that your former TOUR colleagues cannot say the identical ought to be telling.”

The PGA Tour introduced the self-discipline lower than 30 minutes after 17 of its members or former members who resigned from the tour prior to now week hit their opening tee pictures within the inaugural LIV Golf occasion at Centurion Membership exterior London.

Amongst them have been six-time main champion Phil Mickelson, two-time main champion Dustin Johnson and longtime Ryder Cup members Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.

Two different former main winners, 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, have additionally reached agreements with LIV Golf to compete in future tournaments, sources instructed ESPN on Wednesday. LIV Golf officers have additionally had ongoing discussions with different gamers, together with Rickie Fowler and Jason Kokrak.

Johnson and Garcia are among the many gamers who’ve resigned from the tour, together with 2010 Open champion Louis Oosthuizen, 2011 Masters champion Charl Schwartzel and Kevin Na. The gamers hoped to keep away from punishment from the tour by quitting.

Monahan stated the 10 gamers who’ve resigned their PGA Tour memberships might be faraway from the FedEx Cup factors standings after this week’s RBC Canadian Open. He wrote that “these gamers is not going to be permitted to play in PGA Tournaments as a non-member by way of a sponsor exemption or one other different eligibility class.”

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“This week, the RBC Canadian Open is a shining instance of what you have got created with the PGA Tour: a star-studded discipline, a dedicated sponsor, sold-out hospitality choices, document crowds and a world broadcast distribution,” Monahan wrote. “These components are a part of the Tour’s DNA, constructed by the likes of Jack and Arnie, furthered by Tiger and numerous others — whose legacies are inextricably linked, with one another and with the PGA Tour. This collective legacy cannot be purchased or offered.”

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, a former world No. 1 golfer and two-time winner of The Open, has instructed ESPN prior to now that the brand new circuit was ready to assist its gamers battle the PGA Tour’s place in courtroom. Norman stated he had gamers who have been prepared to take part in a authorized battle.

“I can solely communicate on data given to me by our authorized workforce, and I’ve an especially gifted authorized workforce in antitrust and anticompetitive legal guidelines, and we imagine we’re in the appropriate place,” Norman stated. “We imagine the gamers are unbiased contractors and have a proper to go play wherever they wish to go play.”

On Might 10, the PGA Tour denied conflicting-event releases to gamers who had requested them. Monahan had instructed gamers a number of instances that they might face punishment for competing within the LIV occasions with out releases.

The primary LIV Golf match in the US is scheduled for June 30-July 2 at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon.

The LIV Golf sequence options 54-hole occasions, shotgun begins, no cuts and a workforce format. The seven regular-season occasions, which are also scheduled in Bedminster, New Jersey, Boston and Chicago, are providing $25 million purses, the richest in golf historical past. The winner will get $four million, and the last-place finisher will get $120,000. A season-ending workforce championship at Trump Nationwide Doral in Miami, on Oct. 27-30, has a $50 million purse.

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Based on stories, prime gamers additionally obtained signing bonuses from LIV Golf price greater than $100 million.

A longtime PGA Tour participant, who wasn’t approached about taking part in within the LIV Golf sequence, instructed ESPN that he agreed that the tour needed to punish the gamers to forestall others from defecting.

“We’ll find yourself in a worse place as a result of these guys wished a fast cash seize to go play in an exhibition,” the participant stated. “The [Saudis] are going to lose curiosity ultimately. I believe all of us have slightly little bit of a duty to depart the sport higher than after we obtained right here, and repping for a shady authorities with a questionable document is not doing that.”

LIV Golf is supported by the Public Funding Fund of Saudi Arabia, which is managed by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Salman has been accused of quite a few human rights violations, together with the homicide of Washington Submit journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

4-time main winner Rory McIlroy, talking at a information convention on the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto on Wednesday, stated he was involved about golf’s future.

“I believe it is a disgrace that it is going to fracture the sport,” McIlroy stated. “I believe if something, the skilled recreation is the window store into golf. If most of the people are confused about who’s taking part in the place and what match’s on this week and, OK, he would not get into these occasions, it simply turns into so complicated. I believe all the things must attempt to develop into extra cohesive, and I believe it was on a fairly good trajectory till this occurred.”