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LIV rebel Martin Kaymer bucks the trend by playing well at the BMW International Open

LIV rebel Martin Kaymer goes against the trend by playing well at the BMW International Open as DP World Tour chiefs prepare to reveal whether they will face disciplinary action against players who join the Saudi-backed breakout

  • Martin Kaymer shot a 66 to finish fourth after the first round in Munich
  • DP World Tour is expected to finally release its stance on LIV rebels on Friday
  • Rory McIlroy was the early first round leader at the Travelers Championship

A truly shocking LIV development took place on Thursday at the BMW International Open in Munich: One of the players who signed up for the Saudi-backed rebel tour actually played well.

No doubt to the sound of one-handed clapping in the locker room of this DP World Tour event, where the LIV men are about as welcome as Saudi henchmen, Martin Kaymer shot a 66 to finish fourth after the first lap.

No doubt the Saudis will give him another $10 million for his efforts when he shows up at LIV World in Portland, Oregon next week. As for the future the German, now 224th in the world, still has in the regular game, all should be clear on Friday when the tour finally makes its stance known on what disciplinary action should be taken against the LIV rebels.

Martin Kaymer shot a 66 to finish fourth after the first round in Munich on Thursday

Martin Kaymer shot a 66 to finish fourth after the first round in Munich on Thursday

At the very least, they will be banned from participating in the flagship Genesis Scottish Open next month, as it is a PGA Tour approved tournament. The big question is whether the suspension will follow the lines of the US model and be an indefinite ban, meaning players like Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter will have to redress through the legal system to be involved in the future. are at the Ryder Cup.

As for the other LIV mercenaries in Munich picking up one last check – they never stop, do they? – before going to Oregon, it is indicative of how they are now regarded by those who have remained loyal that they were all drawn together in the first two rounds.

In America, the lines are well drawn, with Max Homa the first player to take on PGA Tour chief executive Jay Monahan’s rallying cry to fight for the game in its current form.

“I’m sorry we let Rory McIlroy do all the talking, it’s not right,” said the American, who has come into his own in recent years.

Rory McIlroy carded a 62 to be the early first round leader of the Travelers Championship

Rory McIlroy carded a 62 to be the early first round leader of the Travelers Championship

Speaking to the podcast No Laying Up, he added: “It’s ironic that if it all went pear-shaped, we’d be making a lot more money with LIV because they’re offering unthinkable amounts. But while you can buy a tour you can’t buy my dreams and aspirations and I think I speak on behalf of many younger guys. It’s hard because I don’t have Rory’s platform, but I really want my voice to be heard and tell him I’m with him.”

As for McIlroy, he’s playing at the Travelers Championship in Connecticut for the fourth week in a row, in addition to attending PGA Tour board and player meetings and being the No. 1 spokesperson for his sport each week.

Tired? It had to, but it never proved to be, as the Northern Irishman continued his remarkable form with a stunning 62 to become the early first-lap leader, one ahead of American Xander Schauffele and Scottish Martin Laird.

Let’s hope Rory has some left for the 150th Open in St Andrews next month.

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