European Tour places a ban on LIV golfers barring them from Scottish Open

 | June 24, 2022


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The golfers weren't only banned from the Scottish Open but also fined $120k.

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In total, LIV golfers were banned from three upcoming tournaments after competing in the Saudi-backed breakaway LIV series. They were banned on Friday, June 24 and each of the golfers was fined over $120k. 

The tour announced that any player who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship, and Barracuda Championship, and fined 100,000 pounds ($123,000).

All three of those events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA, which suspended LIV players earlier. The tour went on to state that further sanctions could be assessed if players continue to compete in LIV without authorization.

European Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley said: "Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks expressed the viewpoint that those who have chosen this route have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the bedrock of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation upon which we build the next 50 years."

Pelley continued: "Their actions are not fair to the majority of our membership and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we have announced today."

Brooks Koepka, who joined the LIV tour earlier this week, had previously been announced as part of the Scottish Open.

The Commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan said: "If this is an arms race and if the only weapons here are dollar bills, the PGA Tour can't compete. The PGA Tour, an American institution, can't compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in an attempt to buy the game of golf."

The PGA Tour is reverting back to a calendar-year schedule, with the FedEx Cup season taking place between January and August. However, with the latest suspensions you might not see some of your favorite golfers on the course.

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