LIV Golf’s Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Richard Bland and Lee Westwood resigned from the DP World Tour on Wednesday, practically a 12 months after they and different golfers on the circuit and on the PGA Tour signed with the rival Saudi-backed tour.
The DP World Tour issued a press release formally asserting the gamers’ resignations, including that it adopted “breaches” of the Excursions guidelines for competing in LIV’s inaugural match final June.
“The DP World Tour want to take this chance to thank the 4 gamers for the contribution they’ve made to the Tour and specifically to Sergio, Ian, and Lee for the numerous half they’ve performed in Europe’s success within the Ryder Cup over a few years,” the assertion learn.
“Their resignations, nevertheless, together with the sanctions imposed upon them, are a consequence of their very own selections.”
The assertion continued, “As we’ve got persistently maintained all through the previous 12 months, the Tour has a duty to its complete membership to manage the member laws which every participant indicators as much as. These laws are in place to guard the collective pursuits of all DP World Tour members.”
The resignations observe a win for the tour in court docket final month, when these members who performed in LIV Golf occasions final 12 months have been discovered to be in breach of the European tour’s code of conduct.
The ruling allowed the tour to impose fines of 100,000 kilos. Nonetheless, as an alternative of paying the advantageous, the 4 gamers seemingly selected to resign.
“I may probably not see some other choice with all of the punishments hanging over me,” Westwood instructed The Each day Telegraph, calling it a “unhappy day.”
The European tour stated a further replace could be supplied Thursday.
The Related Press contributed to this report.