Mickelson among 17 golfers suspended by PGA Tour for playing LIV event

Golf - Inaugural LIV Golf Invitational - Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St. Albans, UK - June 9, 2022 Team High Flyers Phil Michelson during the first round of USA action photo via Reuters / Paul Childs

June 9, 2022 Phil Mickelson of Team High Flyers USA inaugurated the LIV Golf Invitational during the first round. Action pictures by Reuters / Paul Childs

The PGA Tour has been postponed by longtime fan favorite Phil Mickelson and all the other members who have decided to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series starting on Thursday, saying that anyone else who jumps will face the same consequences.

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan sent a letter to members shortly after the start of the profitable breakway series to address 17 golfers outside London, who he said had “decided to turn their backs” on the US-based circuit.

“These players have chosen them for their own financial reasons. But they cannot claim the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platforms as you, ”wrote Monahan. “This expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners.

“You made a different choice, following the rules of the tournament when you dreamed of getting a PGA Tour card and – more importantly – to compete as part of a leading organization in the world of professional golf. “

Mickelson, who has counted six major championships in his 45 PGA Tour wins, former world number one Dustin Johnson and 2017 Masters winner Sergio Garcia are among the high-profile golfers at Centurion Club’s 48-player field this week.

According to the memo, players who join the LIV series that threatens to disrupt men’s professional golf are no longer eligible to participate in the PGA Tour event, which includes the Presidency Cup and all other tours approved by the circuit.

Even if players resign from tours before the first LIV golf event, as Johnson announced this week, they will not be allowed to play as non-members through sponsorship discounts or any other qualification category.

Both the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour declined requests from members requesting releases to compete in Centurion with বিজ 25 million to hold, including জন্য 4 million for the winner.

‘Revenge’ decision

The players who decided to take part in the inaugural LIV Golf have faced a lot of criticism for alleged human rights violations by the Saudi government.

The PGA Tour decision sparked a quick and bitter response from LIV Golf, which was bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and lured players with $ 255 million purses scattered across eight events this year.

“Today’s announcement of the PGA Tour is vindictive and deepens the divide between the tour and its members,” LIV Golf said in a statement.

“It simply came to our notice then.

“It simply came to our notice then. The era of free agency is beginning because we are proud to have a full field of players in London and beyond. “

Monahan did not say how long the suspension would affect former major winners Martin Keimer, Graeme McDowell, Charles Schwartzel and Louis Ostuygen.

“What’s next? Will these players be able to come back?” Wrote Monahan.

“Believe that we are ready to deal with those questions, and we will communicate with them the way we have this whole process: being transparent and respecting the PGA Tour regulations that you have helped establish.”

The decision by the PGA Tour, which does not run four major golfers, has led the United States Golf Association to say it will allow LIV golfers to play in next week’s US Open if they are released or already qualified.

Royal & Ancient, which hosts the British Open, has said it has no plans to comment on entry conditions until the US Open when organizers of next May’s PGA Championships say it would be premature to speculate.

Organizers of the Masters, traditionally held in April, did not answer questions when asked if they were evaluating entry conditions for the first major of the year.

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