The PGA reiterated on Wednesday its adamant refusal to allow its members to participate in LIV Golf, a new league launched with the backing of Saudi Arabia, and threatened "disciplinary action" after it was confirmed that a group of 42 players will compete at the 'LIV Golf Invitational Series' in London from June 9-11.
Sergio Garcia, statements
Sergio García and Dustin Johnson, both winners of 'major' events on the PGA Tour, appear on the list of participants at the London event, whose main incentive is the 25 million dollars that will be distributed in prizes, the highest amount offered by a single tournament.
"As communicated on May 10, PGA Tour members have not been authorized to participate in the London event of the Saudi Arabian Golf League, in accordance with the PGA Tour regulations," the brief statement said.
broadcast by the PGA and picked up by the American media. "Members who violate the regulations will receive disciplinary measures," the note adds, without adding more details about the scope of the sanctions. The PGA, after several weeks of rumors and speculation, had reported last month that the requests received by some players to have the right to compete in London had been denied, claiming that the decision was "in the best interest of the tour and its players"
Significantly milder terms were used on that occasion with respect to the sharp note provided this Wednesday, just days before the start of the LIV Invitational. And it is that the dates in which the London tournament is organized are the same in which the PGA Tour will celebrate the RBC Canadian Open in Toronto, one of the events that this organization launches outside the United States.
While waiting to know the type of sanctions threatened by the PGA, the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of the largest financial institutions in Canada, canceled this Wednesday its sponsorship contract for Dustin Johnson and Graeme McDowell after they will add to the LIV.
The London event will bring together 48 players, divided into twelve teams of four golfers, with three rounds instead of four. In addition to participating as a team, individual competitions are also planned. Eight LIV events have been confirmed so far, which in addition to London include Bangkok, Jeddah and five tournaments on US soil.
In addition to García and Johnson, the participation of the Spaniards Pablo Larrazábal, Adrián Otaegui and the amateur David Puig, the South African Louis Oosthuizen, the Northern Irish Graeme McDowell or the English Lee Westwood has also been confirmed.
On the other hand, players like the Spaniards Jon Rahm and Rafa Cabrera Bello, the Mexican Abraham Ancer or the Chileans Mito Pereira and Joaquín Neimann remain faithful to the PGA Tour and will compete this week, from Thursday to Sunday, in the 'Memorial Tournament', in the Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio.