ATLANTA (AP) — Rory McIlroy established the tone for a contentious week at Wentworth for the BMW PGA Championship when he contemplated 18 gamers from Saudi-funded LIV Golfing who have entered the European tour’s flagship party.
In his news convention Sunday following successful the FedEx Cup, McIlroy was talking about why he will not head when he is seemed upon as the PGA Tour’s strongest supporter as it tries to cope with LIV Golf. And then he took purpose at LIV gamers.
“I despise what it’s doing to the video game of golfing. I hate it. I really do,” McIlroy mentioned. “Like it is going to be challenging for me to tummy likely to Wentworth in a couple of weeks’ time and viewing 18 of them there. That just does not sit right with me.”
The listing incorporates Ryder Cup teammates Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Graeme McDowell, Bernd Wiesberger and Martin Kaymer. Westwood made a sturdy and precise defense of his desire to play a prestigious party like Wentworth. No other prime European player has supported the property circuit as he has performed about his profession.
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Most curious are the Americans in the discipline, who often discuss about the want to engage in significantly less as a explanation — along with the dollars — for joining Greg Norman’s league. That list contains Talor Gooch, Kevin Na and Patrick Reed.
This is the itinerary: Boston space this week. South of London next 7 days. Back to the suburbs southwest of Chicago the next 7 days. And that is by choice.
Then once again, the PGA BMW Championship is a probability to generate earth position points due to the fact LIV Golf has not been permitted for factors by the globe position board. Any selection could be nine months away, at which level gamers will have fallen drastically.
Gooch is No. 45, 1 location ahead of new LIV participant Harold Varner III. Patrick Reed, who once referred to himself as a prime-5 participant, is down to No. 50.
4 LIV players have been authorized to participate in in the Scottish Open up underneath an unexpected emergency remain from a British court docket. The European tour has fined them what quantities to the equal of past-place cash from LIV occasions right up until a complete hearing early future week.
Meanwhile, European tour CEO Keith Pelley despatched a memo to gamers Tuesday about his personal “strong opposition” to LIV players in the area at Wentworth. Pelley said in the memo, which was attained by Golfing Channel, that LIV gamers will not be required to perform in the professional-am and will not be in any of the teams showcased on streaming.
LIV Golf signed up six far more PGA Tour gamers, and with the fields capped at 48 players, some gamers are not in the Boston area for this week’s event.
Most notable is the absence of Japanese players.
A few players from Japan have been to all of LIV Golfing Invitational situations — Ryosuke Kinoshita, Jinichiro Kozuma and Hideto Tanihara. Now there is none. This arrives just after heavy courtship of previous Masters winner Hideki Matsuyama, who mentioned right after the Tour Championship on Sunday he was not likely to LIV.
Hennie Du Plessis of South Africa performed in all three. He is No. 7 on the income checklist with just around $2.4 million and is not in the Boston-area occasion. Justin Harding and Travis Smyth also are not in the industry, possessing performed the former a few.
Some gamers are event to celebration, with a multiyear agreement. That would seem to be to be the situation with Adrian Otaegui and Sihwan Kim. They are back for Boston soon after lacking the previous LIV event in New Jersey.
Chevron will take about as title sponsor for the LPGA Tour’s initially big of the year, moving it from the California desert to Houston and elevating the prize fund to $5.1 million.
Event officials also are revising eligibility conditions to generate chances for amateurs from all more than the entire world. Spots are getting awarded to the winners of the U.S. Women’s Newbie, Women’s British Novice, Women’s Novice Asia-Pacific, Women’s Latin The usa Novice, Augusta Countrywide Women’s Newbie and Chevron Silverado Showdown.
Also, Chevron is supplying a $5,000 stipend to each and every participant who misses the reduce to assist with journey costs.
The event is April 20-23 — absent from its prior day just one week ahead of the Masters — and will be held at The Club at Carlton Woods.
10 players are qualified to start up coming calendar year at Kapalua on Maui for a Sentry Match of Champions that is no extended about present champions.
A single of the changes involving the “elevated events” with significant purses was to extend the Kapalua field to include things like anybody from the Tour Championship. The PGA Tour also had that requirements for January 2021 simply because of a shorter season introduced on by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those at East Lake who have not received on the PGA Tour this calendar year: Sungjae Im, Aaron Sensible, Viktor Hovland, Cameron Young, Brian Harman, Collin Morikawa, Adam Scott, Corey Conners, Sahith Theegala and Scott Stallings.
The tour continue to has nine tournaments the relaxation of the yr. As of now, Younger and Theegala will be in the Event of Champions devoid of at any time having gained. Two years back, that used to Scottie Scheffler and Abraham Ancer.
The 50 players who earn PGA Tour cards from the Korn Ferry Tour — possibly the typical period or the a few-party finals collection — can assume a $500,000 deposit to start the year.
It’s 1 of the new courses Commissioner Jay Monahan introduced very last 7 days. Absolutely everyone with a full card receives $500,000 that counts towards their earnings so they never reduce revenue.
That is a profit for the base. This season, the PGA Tour experienced 163 players who designed $500,000 or more. That compares with 42 gamers who produced less than $500,000 whilst actively playing at the very least 15 tournaments.
For players who had 15 or far more begins, Joshua Creel built only 4 cuts in 22 tournaments in his rookie season and gained $115,976.
Kyle Stanley was not a returning member (he was leading 125 the earlier year). Stanley built $188,048 in 18 tournaments. At the conclude of the season, the tour would have compensated him $311,952 beneath this method.
Because the PGA Tour returned from the COVID-19 pandemic-prompted shutdown in June 2020, Xander Schauffele has not experienced a final round more than par in a typical PGA Tour function. … A big 12 months is adopted by a small crack for Rory McIlroy. He is headed to England future 7 days for the BMW PGA Championship, followed by the Italian Open up to see the course that hosts the Ryder Cup following 12 months. Immediately after a 7 days off, he is taking part in the Dunhill One-way links in Scotland with his father. He would have two months off ahead of the CJ Cup in South Carolina, which McIlroy won past year in Las Vegas. … Keita Nakajima and Rose Zhang are repeat winners of the Mark H. McCormack Medal for remaining the top rated-rated amateurs for the most weeks this year.
The gamers who concluded 1-2-3 at The Gamers Championship — Cameron Smith, Anirban Lahiri and Paul Casey — are now component of LIV Golf.
“I know that my best stuff is good enough to win any tournament versus any individual on any golf training course. Which is a little something I can take away from nowadays.” — Rory McIlroy right after rallying from six shots guiding to gain the Tour Championship.
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