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LIV golfers suspended by PGA Tour hint at taking future legal action

Golfers banned from the PGA Tour for participating in the breakaway Saudi LIV series have hinted they will take legal action in response to the decision.

As reported by Golf summaryFormer US Open champion Graeme McDowell has insisted that players have spoken to lawyers and believe they should not be put in a situation where they have to cancel their PGA Tour membership.

“I have spoken to a number of players,” he revealed. “We’ve talked to the lawyers. We have the LIV legal team, which is fantastic. We have our own legal team.

“Some players have decided to resign and are trying to avoid any lawsuit. But some guys think they shouldn’t be in a situation where they have to step down. They don’t feel like they’re doing anything wrong.’

McDowell canceled his PGA Tour membership just 30 minutes before Thursday’s tee-off, emphasizing: “I wanted to keep the moral high ground and stay on the tour because I really didn’t feel like I had to step down, or that I should do that. have to resign. I resigned out of an abundance of caution, frankly. I feel it puts me in a less litigious position.’

Ian Poulter is one of those who think they shouldn’t give up on the tour and, unlike McDowell, hasn’t yet.

Graeme McDowell says players have spoken to lawyers about the PGA Tour's decision to suspend members from participating in the breakaway Saudi LIV series event this week

Graeme McDowell says players have spoken to lawyers about the PGA Tour’s decision to suspend members from participating in the breakaway Saudi LIV series event this week

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A statement from PGA Commissioner Jay Monahan was released before the event kicked off

Dustin Johnson (left) is among those to resign from their PGA membership, while Phil Mickelson (right) who hopes to play at the US Open has not tendered his resignation from the Tour

Dustin Johnson (left) is among those to resign from their PGA membership, while Phil Mickelson (right) who hopes to play at the US Open has not tendered his resignation from the Tour

He said, ‘I don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong. I’ve been playing all over the world for 25 years. I’ve played a lot outside of continental Europe.

‘This event is no different; it is the same. I promised to play as I have all over the world. It’s a shame if they see this as something else. I will definitely appeal.

‘Of course I will appeal. It does not make any sense. I’ve been playing the game all along with two tour cards that gave me the opportunity to play all over the world. What is wrong with that?’

A PGA Tour letter bomb announced that all defecting members of the rebellious Saudi Invitational series have been suspended, in a huge shock to golf's biggest names

A PGA Tour letter bomb announced that all defecting members of the rebellious Saudi Invitational series have been suspended, in a huge shock to golf’s biggest names

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McDowell says some players feel they shouldn’t resign and haven’t done anything wrong

Ian Poulter has not tendered his resignation to the PGA and has vowed to appeal the decision

Ian Poulter has not tendered his resignation to the PGA and has vowed to appeal the decision

The PGA Tour caused a dramatic crash on the opening day of the Saudi breakaway series by immediately suspending its defectors in a major escalation of the Gulf Civil War on Thursday.

In an explosive letter to PGA Tour members sent within half an hour of the first tee shots at the Centurion Club in St. Albans, Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan stated that 17 players, including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Poulter, McDowell and Sergio Garcia, would be banned from their events indefinitely.

The same penalty will apply to players participating in future LIV competitions, and Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed are expected to compete in the coming weeks. LIV responded by calling the Tour “vengeful.”

Monahan’s letter stated: “Participating in the Saudi Golf League/LIV Golf event is against our tournament rules. These players made their choice for their own financial reasons.

A statement from the LIV series led by Greg Norman (right) said the PGA Tour announcement was

A statement from the LIV series led by Greg Norman (right) said the PGA Tour announcement was “vengeful” and “deepens the rift between the Tour and its members.”

“I am sure that our fans and partners – who are surely tired of all this talk about money, money and more money – will continue to be entertained and compelled by the world-class competition you show every week, where real consequences to be. for every shot you take and your rightful place in history when you reach that elusive winner circle.

“The legacy of (The Tour) cannot be bought or sold.”

As well as McDowell, Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Garcia, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na, Charl Schwartzel and Westwood had managed to nullify the impact of the expected sanctions by canceling their PGA Tour membership ahead of the LIV opener at Centurion.

Sergio Garcia (left) chose to resign but Poulter (right) simply withdrew his membership

Sergio Garcia (left) chose to resign but Poulter (right) simply withdrew his membership

Johnson in action during round one of the LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Golf Club

Johnson in action during round one of the LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Golf Club

The LIV series led by Greg Norman struck out with a statement that read: “The PGA Tour announcement is vindictive and it widens the gulf between the Tour and its members.

“It is alarming that the Tour, an organization dedicated to creating opportunities for golfers to play the game, is the entity that blocks golfers from playing. This is certainly not the last word on this subject.’

The US Open has said those in the field of the LIV series will continue to qualify, but in the longer term it has not been disclosed how the various organizers of the major championship quartet – Augusta National, the PGA of America, the USGA and the R&A – will respond for players who choose LIV Golf.

Likewise, the DP World Tour, formerly known as the European Tour, have been silent about their own stance on the rebels.

Westwood and Poulter admitted on Wednesday they don’t know if they will ever play a part in the Ryder Cup again.

Johnson jumped before others were pushed when he confirmed his resignation on Tuesday

Johnson jumped before others were pushed when he confirmed his resignation on Tuesday

Former world No. 1 Johnson jumped before others have now been pushed as he confirmed he had resigned from the PGA Tour on Tuesday.

Johnson said: “Of course it’s hard to say at the moment what the consequences will be, but for now I have canceled my membership of the PGA Tour.

“I’m going to play here for now, and that’s the plan. Majors, again, I can’t justify them, but hopefully they’ll let us play.

“Of course I’m exempt from the majors, so I plan to play there unless I hear otherwise.”

Mickelson, who still hopes to play in the US Open, and DeChambeau both insisted they had not tendered their resignations from the PGA Tour ahead of day one of the LIV Invitational Series, but that was deemed irrelevant due to the announcement of the PGA Tour.

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