The row over a new Saudi-funded golf series is reaching its climax. The PGA Tour announced Tuesday that it will ban players from attending the inaugural event of the new multi-million dollar LIV Golf Invitational Series in London.
“We believe it was the best decision for the players and the tour,” league president Tyler Dennis said in a statement. The London Golf League starts on June 9th. At the same time, the PGA Championship is being held in Toronto.
The new golf series, which will also be played in many of the courses of former US President Donald Trump, in advance, tried to hunt players from the PGA Tour with large sums of money. According to their advisors, former world number one Martin Kaymer and six-time main winner Phil Mickelson (USA) has asked to take part in the London Championships. This event alone is awarded $20 million, and the winner takes home $4 million.
Getting started could have consequences
“Unfortunately, the PGA Tour appears to be intentionally depriving professional golfers of their right to play golf,” said Greg Norman. The former world number one from Australia serves as the senior managing director of the new league, which is funded by a consortium from Saudi Arabia.
Golfers wishing to participate in a non-PGA Tour event must obtain permission from the PGA Tour if an event is held in North America at the same time. Violations will result in severe penalties for players.
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