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LIV golfers barred from renewing PGA Tour memberships for 2022-23 season

Players who have joined LIV Golf have been informed they are now ineligible to renew their PGA Tour memberships for the 2022-23 season, which begins in two weeks’ time

Last Updated: 02/09/22 10:10pm


The PGA Tour players who were suspended indefinitely by the US-based circuit for joining LIV Golf were informed this week they are ineligible to renew their memberships for the 2022-23 season.

A letter sent on Thursday to 22 players who had yet to resign from the PGA Tour said their LIV contracts prevent them from meeting membership requirements for the 2022-23 season that begins in two weeks.

Among the players who chose not to resign from the PGA Tour upon joining the controversial Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf series are six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and world No 2 Cameron Smith.

Former Masters champions Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia are among the players who did resign their PGA Tour membership after making the move to LIV Golf, which has lured players with staggering sums of money.

Cameron Smith is the latest high-profile star to join LIV

Cameron Smith is the latest high-profile star to join LIV

Some of the players who were sent the letter were not planning to renew their membership or did not qualify for next season anyway.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan recently unveiled a slew of changes in a bid to combat the threat posed by LIV Golf but was clear that those who joined the breakaway series should not seek a return even if the changes appealed to them.

“No. They’ve joined the LIV Golf Series and they’ve made that commitment. For most of them they’ve made multi-year commitments,” said Monahan.

“As I have been clear throughout, every player has a choice, and I respect their choice, but they’ve made it. We’ve made ours. We’re going to continue to focus on the things we can control and get stronger and stronger.”

Smith said it is unfair that those who have joined LIV Golf are not receiving world ranking points and hopes that changes before his exemption into golf's four majors expires

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Smith said it is unfair that those who have joined LIV Golf are not receiving world ranking points and hopes that changes before his exemption into golf’s four majors expires

Smith said it is unfair that those who have joined LIV Golf are not receiving world ranking points and hopes that changes before his exemption into golf’s four majors expires

Critics say LIV Golf, which is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, amounts to ‘sportswashing’ by a nation trying to improve its reputation in the face of criticism over its human rights record



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