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DP World Tour imposes further fines and suspensions for LIV golfers

8.18am 12th May 2023 - Sponsorship & Events

The DP World Tour has revealed details of further sanctions it has imposed on members who have breached its Conflicting Tournament Regulation with appearances on the LIV Golf League and Asian Tour.

A total of 26 players have been informed individually of the sanctions applicable to them based on the specific conflicting tournaments they each played in, as a DP World Tour member, without being granted a release.

These sanctions include fines and, in some instances, tournament suspensions. It is understood the level of sanctions imposed was determined on a case-by-case basis and took into account differences between the events in terms of the impact on the DP World Tour’s broadcast partners, sponsors and stakeholders.

Fines ranged from £12,500 to £100,000 for each individual breach of the Conflicting Tournament Regulation.

The total cumulative suspension imposed on any single player for breaches in the period June 22, 2022, to April 2, 2023 is a maximum of eight DP World Tour tournaments, comprising a combination of one or two-week suspensions.

The suspensions imposed relate to regular season DP World Tour events and will run consecutively, effective from the Porsche European Open from June 1-4, 2023 – the first tournament chronologically on the DP World Tour schedule whose entry list remains open as of today.

Players who have resigned their membership will not be eligible for reinstatement unless and until they pay their fines and their suspensions will apply from then onwards.

Further sanctions for breaches of the Conflicting Tournament Regulation in events which occurred subsequent to April 2, 2023, are set to be considered in due course.

In April, an arbitration panel sided with the European-based tour in its legal battle against 12 players who had appealed against being fined £100,000 and suspended from the Scottish Open for playing in LIV Golf’s inaugural event in June 2022 without permission.

Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland subsequently resigned their membership of the DP World Tour, with all but Garcia having paid the £100,000 fine.


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