European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open

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MUNICH — The European Tour on Friday banned golfers who played in the Saudi-backed LIV series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $120,000.

The tour said all players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship. These three events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA, which suspended players who participated in LIV. They were also fined 100,000 pounds ($123,000).

There could be “further sanctions” if players continue to compete in LIV without permission, the European tour said. The next of eight LIV events will take place in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.

The fine imposed by the European tour is barely above the minimum price in LIV. Placing the last of 48 players paid $120,000 in the inaugural event at the Centurion course near London – the richest golf tournament in history. Former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who resigned from his PGA Tour membership, took home $4 million for winning the event and another $750,000 for being on the winning team.

“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this path have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. which has been the foundation of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years,” said European Tour General Manager Keith Pelley.

“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today.”

The money from the fines will be split between charitable causes and additional prizes, the tour said.

The Scottish Open starts on July 7 and has a total prize pool of $8 million. The Barbasol Championship the same week in Kentucky and the Barracuda Championship the following week in California each offered a total of $3.7 million.

Four-time overall winner Brooks Koepka was announced on the Scottish Open entry list earlier this month before opting to join the LIV series, although he has yet to take part in the sponsored events. Saudi Arabia.

The European tour announcement came as some players signed to LIV were playing in one of its own events. Some of the best-known players from the European tour were on the course Friday at the BMW International Open, including big winners Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. They all played the first LIV event in England.

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