PGA Tour suspends rebellious golfers who have joined Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf

Phil Mickelson

Phil Mickelson signed up for the LIV Golf Invitational Series (Image: Getty)

The PGA Tour has suspended the rebellious golfers who have joined the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

This week the likes of Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia play the first event of the Breakaway Tour at the Centurion Club in St Albans.

Stars were denied permission to compete in the tournament, but chose to compete without the blessing of the PGA Tour.

In response, the PGA Tour has suspended defectors, stating that those who have resigned will not receive sponsorship invites to future tournaments.

In a letter to PGA Tour members, CEO Jay Monahan said, “We followed the tournament regulations from start to finish in response to players who have chosen to leave the PGA TOUR by willfully beating a violate provision.

“Concurrent with the receipt of this memo, players (listed below) are being notified that they are suspended or otherwise ineligible to participate in PGA TOUR tournaments, including the Presidents Cup.

Dustin Johnson also plays in the first event of the Breakaway Tour (Picture: Getty)

“This also applies to all PGA TOUR sanctioned tours: the Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Champions, PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

“As you are aware, the players listed below have not received the required conflicting event and media rights releases – or have not requested any releases at all – and their participation in the Saudi Golf League/LIV Golf event violates our tournament regulations.

“The same fate applies to any other player who takes part in future Saudi Golf League events and breaks our regulations.”

LIV Golf also released a statement following the PGA Tour’s decision to suspend 17 of its members: “Today’s announcement by the PGA Tour is vindictive and deepens the rift between the Tour and its members.

“It is disturbing that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the organization preventing golfers from playing. This is certainly not the last word on the subject. The free agency era begins as we are proud to have a whole cadre of players joining us in London and beyond.’

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