Reports: Westwood And Oosthuizen Dropped By UPS Amid Saudi Links

The pair were spotted on Thursday at the PGA Championship without the familiar logo

Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen at the PGA Championship
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According to reports, Lee Westwood and Louis Oosthuizen have both been dropped by their longtime sponsor UPS amid their ongoing links to the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series

Westwood, a former World No. 1, has requested a release to play in the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series at the Centurion Club which gets underway on June 9, and for that it appears he will no longer be brandishing the brown and gold logo of the global courier and logistics company.

Speaking to Sports Illustrated, the Englishman refused to get drawn into specifics but said: "I feel fortunate to have been with UPS for 14 years - such a great company."

A spokesperson for UPS described it as a "business decision" that will allow the company to "focus on other initiatives."

Further reports suggest that Oosthuizen, a former Open winner, has also been cut from the UPS roster, as he looks set to become LIV Golf's highest-ranked recruit.

Both players were spotted without the logo on their shirts on Thursday at the PGA Championship and join Phil Mickelson in being dropped by well-established backers for their ties to the rebel circuit.

UPS is a worldwide supplier of the Ryder Cup, which could have been a factor in the decision. Wantaway players have been told repeatedly that they will be banned from featuring in the biennial contest should they sign up for the LIV Golf events fronted by Greg Norman - a move that Sky Sports pundit Rich Beem backed in an interview with Golf Monthly.

Norman, whose position as the CEO of the Saudi attempt to establish a new global golf league is rumoured to be under threat, recently attempted brushed off the murder of journalist Jamal Khashaggi in 2018. "Look, we've all made mistakes," the Australian said during a press conference in London.

The new series continues to dominate the headlines, splitting opinion among players, pundits and fans alike, and detracting somewhat from all else that is happening in the world of golf. 

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 M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1