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Branden Grace has joined fellow LIV Golf players Ian Poulter, Justin Harding and Adrian Otaegui in the Scottish Open field, despite originally being banned from the event by the DP World Tour.
The South African, winner of the recent LIV Golf Portland Invitational including the $4m individual first prize, was a surprise addition to this week's Scottish Open field a day after it was revealed that Poulter, Harding and Otaegui had their bans "temporarily stayed."
It's unknown whether Grace went through the same process and/or whether more LIV Golf players are doing the same - it may be that it is too late for any more players to join the field. Grace is paired with Ian Poulter for the first two days at the Renaissance Club, with Harding and Otaegui also out in a two ball, going off first at 7.15am on Thursday morning.
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Some may say that the DP World Tour is being 'petty' by putting the four LIV Golfers out together in separate two balls but they were late additions to the field, which increased beyond its original 156 number.
The DP World Tour also grouped the LIV Golf players together two weeks ago at the BMW International Open, where Kaymer, Larrazabal and Canter played as a three, Garcia was with Oosthuizen and Wiesberger, and Otaegui, Ormsby and Bekker were grouped together.
Following the reversal of the bans involving Poulter, Harding and Otaegui, DP World Tour chief Keith Pelley said he was "disappointed" and also said the Tour will be making further comment following the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor, which has now concluded.
“I will simply say we are disappointed by the outcome of today’s hearing, but will abide by the decision," Pelley said. "It is important to remember, however, this is only a stay of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal as to whether those sanctions were appropriate.
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
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x
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