PGA Tour suspends 17 golfers playing in LIV golf league, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson

PGA Tour suspends 17 golfers playing in LIV golf league, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson

Less than an hour after LIV Golf officially kicked off its first Invitational Series event on Thursday, the PGA Tour responded by issuing suspensions to players who previously competed in its league. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has officially announced that players participating in this or any other LIV Golf event will no longer be permitted to play on the PGA Tour.

Monahan was unclear, perhaps on purpose, about the length of the suspensions in a statement released by the PGA Tour:

We have followed tournament rules from start to finish responding to players who have decided to turn their backs on the PGA Tour by willfully violating a rule.

Concurrently with the receipt of this memo, players are notified that they are suspended or no longer eligible to participate in PGA Tour tournaments, including the Presidents Cup. This applies to all PGA Tour-sanctioned tours… As you know, the players listed below have not received the necessary conflicting event and media rights clearances – or have not any requested permission – and their participation in Saudi Golf League/LIV golf events violates our tournament regulations. The same fate applies to all other players who participate in future Saudi Golf League events in violation of our regulations.

Of the 17 golfers named in the letter, 10 had already resigned from their membership. The other seven, including Phil Mickelson, were active members Thursday morning. Regardless of membership status, players choosing to play for LIV Golf will effectively be treated the same by the PGA Tour.

“Players who have resigned will be removed from the FedEx Cup points list and will not be permitted to participate in PGA Tour events as non-members or through sponsor exemptions,” according to the Tour.

At the end of his letter, Monahan pivoted on what makes the PGA Tour special and encouraged players to emphasize both the history and the meritocracy of the PGA Tour.

“I’m sure our fans and partners – who are surely tired of all the talk of money, money and more money – will continue to be entertained and energized by the world-class competition you put on every week, where there are the real consequences for every hit you take and your rightful place in history every time you reach the elusive winner’s circle,” he said.

LIV Golf responded quickly with her own statement.

“Today’s announcement by the PGA Tour is vindictive and it deepens the rift between the Tour and its members,” said LIV Golf. in a report provided in response to suspensions. “It is troubling that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity keeping golfers from playing. It is certainly not the final word on this subject. era of free agency begins as we are proud to have a full group of players joining us in London and beyond.”

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