European tour bans LIV golfers from Scottish Open | Sports News
MUNICH (AP) — The European Tour on Friday banned golfers who competed in the Saudi-backed LIV Series from three upcoming tournaments, including the Scottish Open, and fined them $120 $000.
The tour said all players who took part in the inaugural LIV event in England this month would be suspended from the Scottish Open, Barbasol Championship and Barracuda Championship, and fined 100,000 pounds (123 $000). These three events are co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the PGA, which suspended players who participated in LIV.
There could be “further sanctions” if players continue to compete in LIV without permission, the European tour said.
“Many members I have spoken to in recent weeks have expressed the view that those who have chosen this path have not only disrespected them and our Tour, but also the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf. which has been the foundation of our game for the past half a century and which will also be the foundation on which we will build for the next 50 years,” said European Tour General Manager Keith Pelley.
“Their actions are not fair to the majority of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we are taking the action we announced today.”
The European tour announcement came as some players signed to LIV were playing in one of its own events. Some of the best-known players from the European tour were on the course Friday at the BMW International Open, including big winners Louis Oosthuizen, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer. They all played the first LIV event in England.
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