Confirmed: LIV Golf Players Allowed To Play BMW International Open
Players signed to LIV Golf will be able to feature in next week's DP World Tour event
The DP World Tour WILL allow LIV Golf players to compete in next week's BMW International Open in Germany, Golf Monthly has learned.
Wentworth HQ has so far remained quiet as to its long-term strategy amid the threat posed by the Greg Norman-fronted circuit, and it seems any potential sanctions won't be announced until after next week's tournament in Munich.
The field is currently made up of a number of players who featured in the first LIV Golf Invitational, including Sergio Garcia, Martin Kaymer and Bernd Wiesberger, and it will be of interest to see whether this latest move opens a pathway for the likes of Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson to add DP World Tour events to their future schedules.
Also in the provisional field list for next week's DP World Tour stop are Louis Oosthuizen, Pablo Larrazabal, Laurie Canter and Adrian Otaegui, all of whom also featured in the inaugural LIV Golf event.
The LIV Golf Series has been mired in controversy for its ties to Saudi Arabia amid accusations it is being used to sportswash the country's human rights record. Despite that, it launched last week at the Centurion Club, with the PGA Tour suspending its 17 members who were involved and confirming the same punishment would be handed out to golfers signing up for future LIV Golf tournaments.
Those who took the preemptive measure to resign their PGA Tour membership were also suspended, removed from the FedEx Cup points list, and told they would be unable to gain entry into future events via sponsor invites or any other exemption categories.
Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez have since been signed to LIV Golf and will feature when the circuit heads to Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, USA, from June 30 - July 2.
The two main tours strengthened their "strategic alliance" last year to combat the threat posed and Golf Monthly also learned this week that the PGA Tour was in advanced negotiations with the DP World Tour in what could be another seismic twist in golf's power struggle.
Such a move could spell the end of some glittering Ryder Cup careers should Jay Monahan, PGA Tour commissioner, decide also to ban players from featuring in the biennial contest as a player or a captain.
A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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