Golfers warned of additional sanctions in the event that they proceed to play in LIV breakaway
The likes of Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter and Martin Kaymer – all Ryder Cup veterans – are amongst these punished after participating on the inaugural occasion in Hertfordshire earlier this month regardless of not having obtained releases to take action.
They’ve been warned extra penalties could also be forthcoming ought to they play in subsequent week’s occasion in Portland, Oregon.
LIV Golf rebels have been warned additional sanctions are seemingly in the event that they proceed to play within the Saudi-backed breakaway collection after the DP World Tour gamers concerned who “wilfully broke guidelines” had been fined £100,000 and banned from subsequent month’s Scottish Open.
DP World Tour chief government Keith Pelley refused to verify whether or not Ryder Cup participation was additionally at stake however careworn the qualification standards for subsequent 12 months’s occasion in Rome had not but been finalised.
Saying the sanctions the DP World Tour, previously the European Tour, mentioned in a press release: “You will need to be aware that participation in an extra conflicting match or tournaments with out the required launch could incur additional sanctions.”
Whereas the PGA Tour instantly indefinitely banned all their members inside minutes of the gamers teeing off at Centurion Membership a fortnight in the past the DP World Tour delayed making a call till now.
Pelley consulted the organisation’s wider membership earlier than the choice was taken to sanction the concerned gamers, who along with the Scottish Open – historically used as a warm-up for the Open Championship the next week – have additionally been banned from PGA Tour co-sanctioned Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship subsequent month.
“Fairly merely a number of of our members wilfully broke our guidelines and laws of conflicting match laws that’s within the membership handbook that they’ve signed,” mentioned Pelley.
“It’s not a brand new rule, it has been round for 30 years.
“In chatting with lots of our members they had been disheartened; they felt disrespected, disrespect for the tour from the members that did wilfully break these guidelines and laws which might be there to control our tour, to guard themselves, to guard the sponsors and stakeholders.
“On the finish of the day the motion required a consequence and we felt we made a good and proportionate transfer.”
On whether or not the likelihood to be concerned within the Ryder Cup could possibly be withdrawn the DP World Tour chief government, who careworn their resolution was made independently of their American counterparts, added: “European qualification for 2023 has not been introduced but and till it’s introduced now we have no remark to make on the Ryder Cup.”
Cash raised from the fines can be shared equally between the prize funds of upcoming tournaments on the DP World Tour and the tour’s charitable Golf for Good programme.
However whereas the £100,000 effective could appear punitive it pales into insignificance in comparison with the cash on provide from LIV Golf.
For instance, Charl Schwartzel took house £3.2million for successful the opening occasion whereas final place within the 48-man, no-cut match obtained £97,500.