George McNeill

PGA Tour suspends 17 players participating in LIV Tour

Just as the first round of the first LIV Tour event teed off in London, the PGA Tour announced it is indefinitely suspending any member players who participated in the Saudi Arabia-backed rival league.

Seventeen players were named in a letter released by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, all former major champions. Johnson, Garcia, Oosthuizen and Schwartzel are among several golf veterans who have resigned from the PGA Tour, though Mickelson is still technically an active player.

“These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons,” Monahan wrote. “But they can’t demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you. The expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners.”

Here’s Monahan’s letter, via USA Today golf columnist Eamon Lynch:

The first LIV Tour Invitational is being played as a direct competitor to the PGA’s RBC Canadian Open, which began Thursday outside Toronto. The players suspended Thursday are now ineligible to participate in any PGA Tour-affiliated event and cannot accrue points for the season-long FedEx Cup championship.

In addition to the 17 players named Thursday by the PGA, major champions Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed announced Wednesday they plan to play in the first LIV Tour event in the U.S. in early July. However, it appears if they did so, they would face suspension.

Monahan’s announcement comes two days after the USGA announced it would allow those who played in the LIV Tour events to participate in the 2022 U.S. Open, which takes place next week at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass. The PGA Tour has no direct authority over the major tournaments, including the U.S. Open, British Open and The Masters.


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