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On Sunday, a piece featuring Paul McGinley in the Sunday Times (opens in new tab) was posted on Twitter, with the article covering an array of different areas around LIV Golf, the Ryder Cup and how DP World Tour members don't want the golfers from the Saudi-backed series featuring in their tournaments.
In the piece by the former European Ryder Cup captain, it was stated that: “The key to the anger felt by the ordinary, non-LIV members of the DP World Tour is that these guys, who’ve taken the big money from LIV, think they’re entitled to come back and take the places of players who support our tour week-in, week-out.
“The LIV players don’t turn up for €2 or €3 million tournaments in the Czech Republic or Switzerland, but they come for the £6 million tournament at Wentworth. This has led to a lot of resentment. Keith [Pelley] has spoken to virtually every one of our players. Not one wants the LIV guys in our tournaments.”
However, the statement hasn't sat well with a few players of the DP World Tour, with Gonzalo Fernández-Castano tweeting a sharp response of: "Please don’t speak on behalf of all the membership @mcginleygolf. I have no problem whatsoever with the @LIVGolfInv players playing on the @DPWorldTour."
Along with the Spaniard, Romain Langasque responded "same for me actually ! No problem seeing them," whilst Scott Hend tweeted: "Trust Me..... Paul doesn't speak for every Member..... Its not like we aren't Mates.... Just because they went and played for a better offer.... Give it a rest.... A majority wouldn't be able to play if they had of rectified the entry Criteria/Category."
Although there appeared to be a bit of 'Twitter beef', McGinley did respond to Fernández-Castano's tweet calling him out, with the 55-year-old stating: "Gonzalo makes a good point. I should have been more precise & clearer in that particular quote. It should have read that “every player past & present that I’ve spoke to “. Obviously he wasn’t one that I’d spoken to"
Please don’t speak on behalf of all the membership @mcginleygolf . I have no problem whatsoever with the @LIVGolfInv players playing on the @DPWorldTour. https://t.co/5g9mNuumR3September 4, 2022
The DP World Tour's flagship event, the BMW PGA Championship, gets underway on the 8th September, with the tournament featuring the likes of Rory McIlroy, Matt Fitzpatrick and Jon Rahm teeing it up, as well as multiple LIV Golf players.
Because of the tension, Martin Kaymer has withdrawn from the tournament, with the former World No.1 claiming that: "There will be friction there," whilst Sergio Garcia explained to Golf Digest (opens in new tab) that: "What I’m going to do is support the European Tour and that’s all I can do. Whoever doesn't like it, too bad for them.”
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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