The exclusion of LIV Golf members from the Scottish Open but also from the Barracuda Championship. And again: a fine of 100,000 pounds. The DP World Tour takes a stand and sanctions those players-members of the circuit who took part, from 9 to 11 June, in the first Arab Super League tournament in London.
Scottish Open, statements
"Every action taken in life has consequences, especially if someone chooses to break the rules. This is what happened with some of our members who, by choosing another path, have disrespected themselves and our tour.
Their actions undermine the stability of the circuit ", said Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour. The Scottish Open, sponsored by Aberdeen Asset Management since 2012, is a European Tour golf tournament.
It has been part of the highly endowed Rolex Series since 2017. The tournament takes place the week before the Open Championship and some concerns have been raised that Loch Lomond Golf Club's course, which is very different from the Open's links courses, puts European tour players at a disadvantage for the subsequent Major tournament.
The PGA Tour's leading rivals traditionally spend the same week practicing on links courses in Ireland. In 2006, it was proposed that the event be held at the Dundonald Links course in Ayrshire, which was unprepared for a tournament of this caliber.
On 24 January 2011 it was announced that the Barclays Scottish Open would be played at Castle Stuart Golf Links in Inverness due to financial difficulties. The Scottish Open was first hosted at Downfield Golf Club near Dundee in 1972, but there was a twelve-year hiatus after the second event in 1973 at St Andrews.
In 1986 the tournament reappeared on the European Tour calendar, replacing the Glasgow Open. The Scottish Open was held at Haggs Castle Golf Club in its first comeback year, after which the competition was held regularly at Gleneagles until 1994.
The tournament moved to Carnoustie for the next two years, but disappeared from the tournament calendar again in 1996. The vacated spot on the European tour schedule was taken by the 1997 Loch Lomond World Invitational, which had been held the year before.
In 2001 it was decided that the Loch Lomond event should be run as a Scottish Open and all previous events should be counted as Scottish Open tournaments, leading to the unusual situation that the 1996 tournament had two winners.
From 1972 to 2008, the prize money increased from £10,000 to £3 million. It was reduced to 2.5 million in 2012, but increased again to 3 million a year later. In 2015, £3.25m was played. In 2017, US$ 7 million was distributed as part of the Rolex Series.