Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and different PGA Tour members who teed off within the Saudi-funded golf league Thursday are not eligible for PGA Tour occasions below penalties Commissioner Jay Monahan shared quickly after the primary tee shot was struck.
Nonetheless to be decided is whether or not these gamers are ever welcome again.
The ban consists of participation within the Presidents Cup, which might contain the South African trio of Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace.
The USGA already has mentioned eligible gamers can nonetheless compete within the U.S. Open subsequent week. The PGA Tour doesn’t run the majors.
In a memo despatched to tour members, Monahan mentioned that even when gamers resigned from the tour forward of the primary LIV Golf Invitational outdoors London, they won’t be allowed to play PGA Tour occasions as a nonmember by getting a sponsor exemption.
9 gamers have resigned from the PGA Tour, a listing that features Johnson and Sergio Garcia. Mickelson, who earned lifetime membership together with his 45 PGA Tour titles, has not.
“These gamers have made their selection for their very own financial-based causes,” Monahan wrote. “However they will’t demand the identical PGA Tour membership advantages, issues, alternatives and platform as you. The expectation disrespects you, our followers and our companions.”
At situation is gamers competing with out a conflicting occasion launch from the PGA Tour. Gamers sometimes obtain three such releases a 12 months, however Monahan denied releases for the LIV Golf Invitational as a result of it’s an eight-tournament collection that has 5 occasions in america.
The tour doesn’t enable releases for occasions in North America.
“We now have adopted the match rules from begin to end in responding to these gamers who’ve determined to show their backs on the PGA Tour by willfully violating a regulation,” he wrote.
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