Ian Poulter To Appeal PGA Tour Ban

The Englishman says the PGA Tour bans for LIV Golf players "makes no sense"

Ian Poulter pictured outside a London taxi
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Ian Poulter says he will lodge an appeal after being suspended by the PGA Tour along with every current and future LIV Golf player.

The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series teed off yesterday, with PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan releasing an email to all players just half an hour after the action started at the Centurion Club. 

"These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons. But they can't demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platforms as you," Monahan's letter read. "That expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners."

“I will appeal for sure,” Ian Poulter said, revealing he had not resigned his membership. “It makes no sense, given how I have played the game of golf for all this time. I didn’t resign my membership because I don’t feel I have done anything wrong. I have played all over the world for 25 years. This is no different.

"I am committed to playing around the world like I have done for so many years so it is a shame if they view this as different. Of course it’s going to be sad, when you feel you haven’t done anything wrong and want to promote the game of golf. It’s a power struggle and it’s just disappointing.”

Poulter has played on the PGA Tour almost full time for the past 15 years. He made the move to Orlando, Florida to further his PGA Tour career and has won three times and $28m on the US circuit.

Intriguingly, none of the Europeans have resigned membership with the DP World Tour and are still hoping to play in the Ryder Cup. LIV Golf players Poulter, Westwood, Garcia and McDowell are all potential future Ryder Cup captains.

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

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