Richard Bland is one of those who requested a release to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series. He answered the journalist's question about whether it was true, ie whether he asked for it: "I have.
And if it's okay. That's where I want to leave it. "For me right now, I want to concentrate on this tournament. I want to respect Betfred, obviously the British Masters, obviously Danny who is a wonderful host. "So yes, I have, but right now, this DP World is my 100 per cent focus this week.
I want to make a good defence of my title and we'll leave it there if that's okay with you." - Bland said, as quoted by skysports.
Danny Willet on LIV series
There are many who have denied playing in that tournament, and one of them is Danny Willett.
However, he also understands those who decided to make such a move. "No, it's not, it's a week off," Willett said when asked if the series opener was a consideration. "I think it's a very difficult one.
You've got guys in massively different situations in age, career, what they have achieved, what stage they are at and I think it definitely suits certain people. So if you feel like you call into that category, then that's on you.
"We've not really had many discussions. My main focus was to keep my head down and try to get as many points in the FedExCup and in Europe as possible, because I think it was a distraction for a few guys at times.
"I think you did see a few guys fall off in form because maybe they weren't concentrating on what they were trying to do. No, my main goal was to try to focus on what I was doing in golf and kind of see what happened with everything else."