The DP World Tour has issued sanctions against the LIV “rebels”, which include golf pro Martin Kaymer.
The players who last took part in the LIV premiere in London have to pay a fine of 100,000 pounds, the equivalent of 116,500 euros. In addition, the renegades are not allowed to start in the next three DP World Tour tournaments.
The pros “broke the rules and disregarded the tour,” said DP World Tour chief Keith Pelley. Your approach is “not fair and undermines the tour”. Should Kaymer and Co. take part in LIV events in the future without the required clearance, this would “entail further penalties”, the DP World Tour announced on Friday.
The conflict over the highly controversial LIV tour, financed by Saudi Arabia with astronomical sums, has been dividing the golfing world for weeks. The US PGA Tour has already ruled out the “rebels” around Kaymer. On the other hand, after the US Open, the organizers of the British Open, the most traditional golf tournament in the world, opened the door to the LIV professionals.
According to media reports, the four-time major champion Brooks Koepka recently joined the LIV tour, as did the Mexican Abraham Ancer. Stars like Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have also switched sides. There is already speculation about other big names such as Collin Morikawa, Xander Schauffele and Victor Hovland, last year’s winner in Munich.