LIV players deprived of Scottish Open

European Tour boss Ketih Pelley

DP World Tour boss Keith Pelley (pictured) is due to make an announcement on Friday the day after the Scottish Open entry deadline. Allied with the PGA Tour, which co-sanctions the tournament, the European circuit will prohibit players from the LIV Golf Invitational Series from lining up at the start of the prestigious meeting in North Berwick.

The rebels who chose to enter the circuit LIV Golf of the Saudis and to side with Greg Norman can’t say they weren’t warned.

Even though Keith Pelley postponed his decision to the maximum, so he was forced to align himself with the decision of his ally across the Atlantic and ban “dissidents” from contesting theOpen d’Ecosse. The first regular tournament in history co-sanctioned by both circuits.

Ian Poulter et Sergio Garcíawho had expressed the desire to participate in this event stamped “Rolex Series” and endowed with 8 million dollars, will therefore be deprived of this opportunity one week before the 150e The Open à St Andrews.

Even in the absence of the LIV Golf players, the field of players for the tournament, organized from July 7 to 10 at the Renaissance Golf Club, is particularly strong.

The weight of sponsors

Contrary to his strategic allyle DP World Tour continues to reflect on the best way to understand the emergence of LIV Golf Invitational Series. Mainly what sanctions to inflict on those who defied the instructions of Keith Pelley, the CEO of European Tour Group? He had refused to issue authorizations to players wishing to participate in the first LIV Golf tournament.

Fines are being considered but after the Scottish Open, Pelley will still give himself some time to decide, particularly in view of the Ryder Cup 2023. It is also rumored that the main sponsors of the European circuit, in the forefront of which the company DP World, is not in favor of the use of a long-term suspension.

Beyond the economic considerations that would link the title sponsor of the circuit with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, DPW would not welcome being deprived of a great and beautiful exhibition due to the absence of players at high added media value.

Amputated selections

Among the Americans, the selections for the next Presidents Cup and the Ryder Cup are not going to be easy with the knockout of Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed et Brooks Koepka. This already means that four members of the American Ryder Cup team, lost in 2018, and two of the victorious team in 2021 will, at the time of this writing, be absent from the next edition in Rome.

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