The PGA Tour is taking a stand against Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed golf venture.
The Tour denied its members permission to play in the first LIV Golf series event in London next month on Tuesday, according to Golfweek.
All Tour members are required to get a waiver in order to play in non-Tour events, like those on the DP World Tour or elsewhere. The Tour has a long standing of letting players, especially international players, compete overseas on a limited basis.
Commissioner Jay Monahan, however, has been very clear that he and the Tour are not supportive of the Saudi-backed league. He has said in the past that any player who does leave the Tour for the LIV Golf series risks losing his Tour card permanently.
Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson have all requested a release, among others, though other big stars — like Rory McIlroy, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and more — have distanced themselves in recent months.
of the sport’s biggest names ready to jump to his league, but that about Saudi Arabia came out earlier this year. Mickelson hasn’t played since his comments — where he said he was willing to overlook the Saudis, who he called “scary motherf***ers,” and their horrific human rights record — surfaced.
The full field for the first of the eight event series is expected to be released after the PGA Championship next week.