DP World Tour fines, bans LIV Golf players

The PGA Tour was quick to ban members who defected to LIV Golf and played in the first $25 million event in London recently.

Initially the DP World Tour looked like it would be taking a more measured response but now that has been turned on its head with news that the former European Tour will ban LIV Golf players from next month’s Scottish Open.

Keith Pelley DP World Tour boss Keith Pelley (Credit: DP World Tour)

The $8 million event, which serves as an important pre-Open Championship warm-up for many players, will now be unavailable for the likes of former champions Phil Mickelson, who won in 2013, Graeme McDowell (2008), Bernd Wiesberger (2019), Martin Kaymer (2009), Lee Westwood (1998) and others.

2022 is the first time the Scottish Open will be co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour as part of the strategic alliance announced in August least year.

On top of the ban, each player will also be fined £100,000 (AUD$177,000) and unable to compete in the PGA Tour co-sanctioned Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship in the US.

“Every action anyone takes in life comes with a consequence and it is no different in professional sport, especially if a person chooses to break the rules. That is what has occurred here with several of our members,” said DP World Tour head Keith Pelley.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf.”

“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today.”

Though, it remains to be seen whether these actions will have any real consequences. In the past week alone we have seen Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer, Carlos Ortiz and Matthew Wolff and the No. 2-ranked amateur in the world, Eugenio Chacarra, defect to LIV Golf.

The PGA Tour’s mantra about only washed up players taking the money and defecting to the breakaway tour is becoming less true as the weeks unfold…and that’s not good news for Jay Monahan.