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The PGA Tour advises golfers who ‘choose to leave’ the team to play LIV Golf

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Golfers who have taken part in the LIV Golf competitions will no longer be eligible to compete in the PGA Tour and Presidents Cup matches, Commissioner Jay Monahan told members of a memo received by Fox News Digital on Thursday.

A memo to members of the PGA Tour was sent out as the first LIV Golf competition in London. The Saudi-backed league will feature stars like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood and others. Monahan thanked those who volunteered at the RBC Canadian Open this week and wrote his letter to “players who have chosen to leave the PGA TOUR by deliberately breaking the rules.”

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The memo selected Johnson, Mickelson, Na, Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Talor Gooch, Branden Grace, Matt Jones, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Andy Ogletree, Louis Oosthuizen, Turk Pettit, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Hudson Swafford and Peter. Uihlein. Monahan said either the players did not receive releases to play in LIV Golf or did not register at all.

Players who left their membership, including Garcia, Grace, Johnson, Kaymer, McDowell, Na, Oosthuizen, Pettit, Schwartzel and Westwood, have been removed from the FedEx Cup Points List following the end of the RBC Canadian Open, according to a memo. Retired players will not be allowed to play in the PGA Tour preferences if they do not become a member through a team provided by sponsors or any other eligible team.

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Jay Monahan, Commissioner of PGA Tour, speaks at a press conference during the Players Championship rehearsal on March 8, 2022, in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.
(Keyur Khamar / PGA Tour via Getty Images)

“These players have made their choice for their financial reasons. But they do not want the same benefits of PGA Tour members, ideas, opportunities and platforms as you do. That hope humiliates you, our fans and our friends. The dream of winning a PGA Tour card and – most of all – competing with them as part of a world-renowned organization of golf professionals, “said the memo. .

“I’m sure that fans and friends – who are tired of all the money, money and money – will continue to enjoy the weekly competition you show every week, where there are real results. the winner. “

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Dustin Johnson on the same day at the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club on June 9, 2022, in St Albans, England.

Dustin Johnson on the same day at the LIV Golf Invitational at The Centurion Club on June 9, 2022, in St Albans, England.
(Charlie Crowhurst / LIV Golf / Getty Images)

Monahan commended those who remained with the PGA Tour and said being part of the group was about “lifting” everyone involved.

“I know you’re with us, and different. Our friends are with us, too. The fact that your former Tour teammates wouldn’t say the same thing should,” added Monahan.

LIV Golf, with the help of Saudi Arabia’s finances, rocked the golf course when it started giving PGA Tour members crazy money to compete in a competitive league.

Sergio Garcia smiles one day at LIV Golf Invitational on June 9, 2022, in St Albans, England.

Sergio Garcia smiles one day at LIV Golf Invitational on June 9, 2022, in St Albans, England.
(Aitor Alcalde / LIV Golf / Getty Images)

Some players decided to jump into the new league and faced the wrath of the PGA Tour. This penalty will also apply to players who choose to cancel the PGA Tour in the future.

LIV Golf responded to the suspension of the PGA Tour, calling it a “retaliation.”

“Today’s announcement of the PGA Tour is in retaliation and widens the gap between Tour and its members. It is unfortunate that Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the only organization that prohibits golfers from playing,” LIV. Golf said.

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“This is not the last word on this topic. The era of free will begins as we are proud to have a whole lot of play to join s in London, and beyond.”

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