LIV Golf gamers requested to not put on logos, can skip pro-am at BMW PGA Championship

The DP World Tour has requested the LIV Golf gamers scheduled to compete in subsequent month’s BMW PGA Championship to chorus from sporting LIV logos on their garments, based on an electronic mail despatched to the gamers from DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley on Tuesday.

Within the memo, Pelley knowledgeable the gamers that they “is not going to be required to play within the Wednesday Professional-Am and out of respect for our companions, our broadcasters and your fellow rivals, we might kindly ask you to think about not sporting LIV Golf-branded attire throughout your participation at Wentworth.”

A replica of the memo was obtained by ESPN. Two LIV Golf gamers who plan to compete within the BMW PGA Championship, set for Sept. 8-11 at Wentworth Membership in Surrey, England, additionally confirmed receiving the e-mail.

The Wall Avenue Journal reported Aug. 18 that LIV Golf contracts embody a stipulation that its gamers should put on LIV Golf-branded clothes whereas competing on different circuits.

Almost 20 LIV Golf gamers, together with Abraham Ancer, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia, are listed within the subject for the BMW PGA Championship, which has an $8 million purse.

A number of PGA Tour gamers, together with defending champion Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Viktor Hovland, additionally plan to play within the occasion.

After successful final week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Membership in Atlanta, McIlroy mentioned he wasn’t wanting ahead to seeing the PGA Tour members who had defected to LIV Golf.

“I hate what it is doing to the sport of golf,” McIlroy mentioned. “I hate it. I actually do. Like, it may be onerous for me to abdomen going to Wentworth in a few weeks’ time and seeing 18 of them there. That simply does not sit proper with me.”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended members who competed in LIV Golf tournaments with out conflicting-event releases. Pelley suspended and fined DP World Tour gamers who signed with LIV Golf from three occasions it co-sanctions with the PGA Tour, however the punishment was briefly blocked by an arbiter in England. A listening to is scheduled for February to deal with the suspensions and fines.

Fitzpatrick, who received the U.S. Open in July, mentioned it was going to be a clumsy setting at Wentworth.

“It will be odd seeing sure folks, clearly, at Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick mentioned. “That’s going to be a bit bizarre, and clearly it is just a little bit disappointing. However they received their little factor (arbitration listening to).”