The standoff between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf league continued this week with the established league denying golf execs the request to play within the Saudi-backed breakaway league’s upcoming match in London.
A memo was despatched out Tuesday to all gamers on the PGA, Korn Ferry, and PGA Championship excursions by PGA Tour Government Vice President Tyler Dennis, which defined the league’s determination.
“I wish to share the PGA TOUR’s determination concerning conflicting occasion and media launch requests for the Saudi Golf League’s occasion to be performed in London throughout the week of the RBC Canadian Open,” Tuesday’s memo learn, by way of The Washington Publish. “We have now notified those that have utilized that their request has been declined in accordance with the PGA TOUR Event Laws. As such, TOUR members will not be licensed to take part within the Saudi Golf League’s London occasion below our Laws. As a membership group, we consider this determination is in one of the best curiosity of the PGA TOUR and its gamers.”
The Tour’s transfer is probably the strongest made so far in opposition to Greg Norman’s Suadi-backed match. Though the Tour has granted golfers’ requests earlier than to play in different tournaments together with the Saudi Invitational as a part of the Asian World Tour, the aversion to the LIV Golf league looms giant.
The LIV Golf match has cut up the golf world as a result of it’s backed by Saudi funding cash, from a rustic with a laundry checklist of human rights violations. PGA professional Phil Mickelson got here below fireplace earlier this yr when he stated he would play within the LIV Golf league regardless of Saudi Arabia’s monitor report as a result of it was a chance to change the workings of the golf world, particularly difficult a number of the practices of the PGA Tour.
Mickelson is regarded as one of many PGA execs who requested a launch from the league to play within the LIV occasion. He has not performed in a PGA occasion since January.