PGA Tour suspends all golfers competing at Saudi-backed LIV event

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The PGA Tour imposed indefinite bans for individuals among their membership – including Phil Mickelson – competing at the Centurion Club as soon as balls were in the air during the inaugural LIV Golf Series event.

Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, announced 17 golfers who are ineligible to compete in forthcoming tournaments in a letter to the PGA Tour membership. Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson, Branden Grace, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Kevin Na, Louis Oosthuizen, Charl Schwartzel, and Lee Westwood are among those who have left the PGA Tour. Others, including Mickelson, a life member, have not.

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Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed, who have been tipped to join the LIV scene, are not mentioned in the letter. Mickelson is suspected of having already served a suspension following comments about the PGA Tour published in February. However, the six-time major winner stated he did not feel forced to quit the PGA Tour before the LIV tournament.

Suspended or resigned players will be unable to compete on the PGA Tour — or any of its co-sanctioned tours – even on sponsor invites. “You certainly have more questions,” Monahan continued. What comes next? Is it possible for these players to return? Will they be able to compete in the PGA Tour Champions in the future? Trust that we’ll be ready to answer those questions and do it in the same transparent manner we’ve done throughout this process: by adhering to the PGA Tour rules you helped establish.

Speaking on the subject of the suspension, LIV Golf described the announcement by the PGA tour as vindictive while also adding that such pronouncements are bound to deepen the existing distance between the Tour and its members.  

The statement went further to say that the thought of the Tour –which is supposed to be about providing opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the one preventing them from doing so — is unsettling.

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“This is by no means the last word on the subject. We are proud to have a full field of players joining us in London and beyond as the era of free agency begins.” The statement concludes

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