'Odd' And 'Disappointing' - Fitzpatrick On LIV Golfers In BMW PGA Field

The US Open champion is clearly unhappy about the number of LIV Golf players in the BMW PGA Championship field

Matt Fitzpatrick holds his finish
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Matt Fitzpatrick says it's going to be "odd" seeing LIV Golf players at next month's BMW PGA Championship, with the field at Wentworth set to feature more than a dozen of the series' golfers.

As it stands, the likes of Patrick Reed, Abraham Ancer, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter, Sergio Garcia, Jason Kokrak, Martin Kaymer and more LIV players are listed in the tournament's entry list.

As well as calling it odd, US Open champion Fitzpatrick also called it "a bit weird" and "disappointing."

"It's going to be odd seeing certain people, obviously, at Wentworth," the Englishman said at this week's Tour Championship. "That is going to be a bit weird, and obviously it's a little bit disappointing. But they won their little thing.

"But yeah, it's going to be interesting to see what happens. Obviously they're [the DP World Tour] not quite in as strong a position as the PGA Tour are in terms of regulations or whatever it is. Yeah, I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out."

LIV players are currently still allowed to tee it up on the DP World Tour after Ian Poulter and other LIV players had their Scottish Open bans "temporarily stayed" after taking legal action against the DP World Tour. 

Fitzpatrick, who has been a staunch supporter of the traditional tours, supports the requirement to play in certain PGA Tour events after the tour announced wholesale changes earlier this week amid the LIV Golf threat.

"I do, yeah [like the idea of committing to events]. I don't really have an issue with it," he said. "At the end of the day, in my opinion, you've just got to suck it up. If you want things to be better, that's the way it's going to have to be, and I'm all in on that. I've got no issues.

"Sometimes you've got to give a little, but yeah, some weeks I might not enjoy those mandatory events, but I'm more than happy to do it."

Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5