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Support for suspension of participants in Saudi golf tour: ‘Everything by the book’ | NOW

Top golfers Justin Thomas and Rory McIlroy strongly support the PDA Tour’s decision to ban all golfers competing in the Saudi tour LIV Golf from its tournaments indefinitely. According to the two, it is a measure that has been in the air for a long time.

“I think Jay Monahan (the PGA Tour CEO, ed.) has been pretty transparent in the sense that he’s just acting within the tournament rules and the rules set up for a PGA Tour member. Everything he does is according to the rules.” booklet,” McIlroy said firmly on Thursday.

Four-time major champion McIlroy responded to the PGA Tour’s decision to suspend 17 golfers after the start of the first tournament of the controversial LIV Golf. The PGA has repeatedly threatened heavy penalties for golfers planning to transfer to the Saudi tour in recent weeks.

“Anyone who is shocked right now clearly didn’t listen to the message that Jay and others were getting out. They took that risk to go to the tournament whether they thought it was a risk or not,” Thomas added. .

The list of suspended players includes big names such as Phil Mickelson, Sergio García, Dustin Johnson and Martin Kayme. They are part of the field of 48 golfers at the Centurion Club near London, where the first LIV tournament is played.

Thomas and McIlroy believe in PGA Tour growth

The establishment of LIV Golf has been creating a divide in the golf world for months. LIV Golf is financed by billions of euros from Saudi Arabia and no less than 25 million dollars (23.3 million euros) in prize money is available at the first tournament in London.

It is the largest prize pool in the history of professional golf, which is why a large number of players have switched. Yet Thomas and McIlroy still have faith in the PGA Tour, the great and traditional organizer of the golf tournaments.

“I think the majority of PGA members really appreciate these measures,” said McIlroy. “I think Jay did the right thing because these guys broke the rules and then it makes sense that there will be consequences.”

“I’ve always said I have a lot of faith in the PGA Tour,” two-time major champion Thomas agrees with his colleague. “We can keep growing, but the guys who chose LIV Golf will not be part of that.”

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