The DP World Tour has asked LIV Golf players scheduled to compete in the BMW PGA Championship next month to refrain from wearing LIV logos on their clothing, according to an email sent to players from DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey on Tuesday.
In the memo, Bailey informed the players that they “will not be required to play on Wednesdays Pro-Am and out of respect for our partners, broadcasters and competitors, we kindly ask you not to wear LIV Golf-branded apparel while participating in Wentworth.”
ESPN has obtained a copy of the memo. Two LIV golfers planning to compete in the BMW PGA Championship, scheduled for September 8-11 at the Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, have confirmed receiving the email as well.
The Wall Street Journal reported on August 18 that LIV Golf contracts include a clause that players must wear LIV Golf-branded clothing while competing on other circuits.
Nearly 20 players from LIV Golf, including Abraham AnserAnd the Kevin NaAnd the Taylor GotschAnd the Patrick ReedAnd the Ian PoulterAnd the Lee Westwood And the Sergio Garciaincluded in the BMW PGA Championship field, valued at $8 million.
After winning the Tour Championship last week at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, McIlroy said he is not looking forward to seeing PGA Tour members defecting to LIV Golf.
“I hate what he’s doing in golf,” McIlroy said. “I hate it. I really hate it. Like, it’s going to be hard for me to go to Wentworth in two weeks and see 18 of them there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.”
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended members who participated in LIV Golf tournaments without conflicting versions. Bailey suspended and fined DP World Tour players who signed with LIV Golf from three events that had involved in their penalties with the PGA Tour, but the penalty was temporarily blocked by a referee in England. A hearing is scheduled for February to address the suspensions and fines.
It would be an awkward place at Wentworth, said Fitzpatrick, who won the US Open in July.
“It would be strange to see certain people, of course, in Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s going to be a little weird, and obviously a little disappointing. But they won their little thing (judging session).”
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