We still don’t know the DP World Tour’s official position on the players who decided to join Greg Norman’s rival circuit. If regarding the Ryder Cup, and a fortiori the captain that Stenson was fired, the staff of the European Tour group was stable, ignorance remains about the regular tournament of this season.
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The “outlaw” situation that we remember caused a stir during the Genesis Scottish Open when three players (Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding) won their case with the legal body as the DP World Tour sought to exclude them from the third Rolex Series. of the season, sponsored in partnership with the PGA Tour.
This time, it is in Wentworth, at the headquarters of the DP World Tour, that the discussions will probably come to life in the second week of September. Indeed, on the “entry list” of the prestigious London tournament, with the names of Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Viktor Hovland, Billy Horschel the owner of the title, Shane Lowry, Tyrrell Hatton, Tommy Fleetwood, Justin Rose or Adam Scott, are those of several LIV players.
American players who are not on the scent of holiness like Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Jason Kokrak, or a lifetime member of the DP World Tour, Patrick Reed! Among the registered opponents are also Ryder Cup players Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell, Martin Kaymer, Bernd Wiesberger or Sergio Garcia.
We can also mention Abraham Ancer, Sam Horsfield, Adrian Otaegui and Richard Bland, as well as the winner of the Portland tournament, Branden Grace, who has already collected more than 6 million dollars for winnings in 3 exhibition tournaments at LIV.
All these players who, we remember, had motivated their decision to join the circuit sponsored by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia by their desire to play a little, to be more often with their families, so they have decided to take the opportunity. A loophole in the DP World Tour regulations is scheduled at the start of the season’s fourth Rolex Series.
Their goal? They are trying to catch up to the world rankings that have been weaned off them since the PGA Tour’s exclusion but which has the effect of denying many players the chance to participate in the lucrative tournament…
Among the victims of the laxity of the DP World Tour regarding “rebels” are some Frenchmen. The front line which is two promoted from last year’s Challenge Tour, Julien Brun and Frédéric Lacroix.
The St Laurent golf team players are currently ranked 6th and 7th in the reserves. The worst. None of the Challenge Tour 2021 “qualifiers” can participate in this historic European Tour event and there is no doubt that the controversy may increase as the date of the first round (September 8) approaches. .
Bitter, failed hope especially that Rory McIlroy, who is very active when it comes to defending the interests of the PGA Tour, will not hesitate to speak out against a situation that they find unacceptable.