Golf-LIV players ask DP World Tour to rescind sanctions - Telegraph


FILE PHOTO: Golf - The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational - Centurion Club, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Britain - June 9, 2022 England's Lee Westwood of team Majesticks GC during the first round Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

(Reuters) - Lee Westwood and Ian Poulter are among 16 LIV Golf players who have written to the DP World Tour asking it to rescind its fines and allow them to compete in next week's Scottish Open, the Telegraph reported.

The Britons were among the European tour's members who were banned from three upcoming DP World Tour events and fined 100,000 pounds ($121,230.00) each after playing in the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf's opening event in London.

"Instead of spending our time, energy, financial resources and focus on appeals, injunctions and lawsuits, we would implore you ... to reconsider your recent penalties and sanctions," the letter read, according to the Telegraph.

The players called on the tour to "rescind your fines and suspensions by 5:00 p.m. on Friday".

"If not, you will leave us with no choice but to employ the various other means and methods at our disposal to rectify these wrongs."

The U.S.-based PGA Tour, which announced a 13-year partnership with the DP World Tour this week, has also suspended players for joining the breakaway circuit.

The players said in the letter that the alliance would have a negative impact on DP World Tour players.

"Approximately 40 DP World Tour members who would have been eligible for the Scottish Open on the DP World tour will now not be eligible, and instead will only have the option to go and play on the PGA Tour in Kentucky the week before The Open, for less money but at a higher cost to participate," the letter read.

"That the DP World Tour top performers will now earn PGA Tour cards serves only to solidify the DP World Tour as second fiddle to the PGA Tour and depletes the DP World Tour's top rising talent even further."

The second LIV event teed off in Portland, Oregon on Thursday at the Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, going head-to-head with the PGA Tour's John Deere Classic.

($1 = 0.8249 pounds)

(Reporting by Hritika Sharma in Hyderabad; Editing by Peter Rutherford)

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