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LIV maverick Martin Kaymer says he has no problem paying the £100,000 fine sanctioned by the DP World Tour, but wants to continue playing events on the tour.

LIV maverick Martin Kaymer says he has no problem paying the £100,000 fine sanctioned by the DP World Tour, but wants to continue playing events on the tour.

Martin Kaymer has urged major golf bodies to come together to find a “solution” after the backlash to the launch of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

Several of golf’s top players, including former World No. 1 Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Bryson Dechambeau, have signed up for the LIV series.

The PGA Tour has banned all of its members who competed in LIV’s inaugural event earlier this month, and the DP World Tour has now announced that LIV players will be barred from future tournaments, including the Scottish Open in July.

Those who competed in the first LIV event at Centurion Club, including Kaymer, will also be fined £100,000.

“The fine is a lot of money, this is one thing, but I’d be happy to pay it, but I love playing golf,” Kaymer said. sky sports.

“That’s my job and what I love to do. They made the decision, is it right or wrong? I’m happy to pay for it, but I would love to play in Scotland, it’s one of the biggest tournaments on the European Tour.”

“Unfortunately there are so many places given to the PGA Tour that some of the guys who love to play in Scotland, especially the Scottish players, are not getting in. I would love to play, I’ve won it before, but that’s the decision made.” and we have to live with it.

“I made my choice and I can live with anything that comes my way. I’m happy to play golf anywhere in the world, I’m happy to support any tour because I believe in all tours in different ways.”

“If it’s about us not being allowed to play any tournaments, then it is what it is.”

Notable names lining up at the next LIV event in Portland

Player Country world ranking
Dustin Johnson USA sixteen
Brooks Koepka USA 19
Abraham Ancer Mexico twenty
Louis Oosthuizen South Africa 23
Bryson DeChambeau USA 30
patrick cane USA 38
Talor Gooch USA 39
sergio garcia Spain 59
Phil Michaelson USA 83
Lee Westwood England 85

The creation of the LIV series has caused controversy as a number of high-profile players have chosen to sign up despite concerns about Saudi Arabia’s human rights record.

The DP World Tour has confirmed that participation in more conflict tournaments without the required release “may incur more penalties” for players.

Former Scottish Open champion Kaymer says all tours should “work together for the big picture” and hopes the split doesn’t “affect the Ryder Cup too much”.

“Because that has a lot to do with emotions, not only with the players, but also with the tour and the sponsors. Hopefully, everyone can come to the table and find a solution that is good for everyone and not bad for everyone.” .

Rory McIlroy has shown his support for the PGA Tour once again, after a week in which more players chose to join the LIV Golf Series

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Rory McIlroy has shown his support for the PGA Tour once again, after a week in which more players chose to join the LIV Golf Series

Rory McIlroy has shown his support for the PGA Tour once again, after a week in which more players chose to join the LIV Golf Series

“What I’ve heard is that there were offers on the table to sit down and talk about the future and make a plan together. Who am I to judge what happened in those rooms? I only heard the ins and outs and the things that were apparently happening.” . done and I find it very hard to believe that they cannot find a solution together and there is no reason why they should be against each other.

“There is no one tour that owns golf, we should all be working together for the big picture.”

LIV’s schedule will include 10 events next year, followed by 14 events in 2024 and again in 2025.

Asked if he can see why the PGA Tour and DP World Tour have issues with players signing up to LIV, Kaymer said: “I don’t understand why it would be detrimental, it’s not like we’re giving up on the other tours.” .

“The pressure that comes from different tours, I’m not saying that LIV is the best, but the main thing is that nobody is against each other, but somehow it seems that LIV is taking control and is against the PGA Tour and the European Tour I’ve never heard that from anyone at LIV.

“You need to talk to each other and make a plan together.”

‘A measured response’

Analysis from Sky Sports golf expert Paul McGinley:

“Something had to be done. I think there was a measured response from the European Tour in this regard. They have been very careful about what they have done and how they have done it. It took time to get to this stage.” unfortunately.

“The penalties are proportional to what happened. The players have played an event and it is obviously a clear violation of our regulations. We are dealing with that situation step by step. If there is a second tournament, we may look at something else.” and a third tournament we may well see something else. I think this is a step-by-step process and we don’t want to get too far ahead of anything we do.

With news that the DP World Tour has handed £100,000 fines and bans from the Scottish Open to LIV participants, former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley gives his reaction.

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With news that the DP World Tour has handed £100,000 fines and bans from the Scottish Open to LIV participants, former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley gives his reaction.

With news that the DP World Tour has handed £100,000 fines and bans from the Scottish Open to LIV participants, former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley gives his reaction.

“It’s the phone numbers that are being put on the table for these players. I can see why many players see the value in taking tens of millions and in some cases hundreds of millions off the table to join this tour. But they have to protect the European tour business and they also have to protect the players who have stayed on the European tour, who haven’t left and joined the LIV tour.

“We believe that £100,000 is a significant amount of money and we believe that it is commensurate with the clear infringement that has occurred.

“There’s a clear line in the sand here, that line is getting clearer and clearer and it’s really sad that it’s come to that where players have to choose which side of the fence they’re going to be on.”

“It’s a big, big decision that the tour and [Europe’s captain] Henrik Stenson and everyone involved in the Ryder Cup will have to do it.”

LIV golfers will be able to play at The Open at St Andrews

The R&A has announced that golfers playing in the LIV series will be able to compete in the 150th Open next month.

The decision to allow those who are already qualified or exempt means high-profile players Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, a former Open champion, will be able to play in the final Major of the year at St Andrews.

The R&A’s decision echoes that of the USGA, which last month allowed qualified LIV golfers to compete in last week’s US Open at Brookline.

Martin Slumbers, CEO of The R&A, said: “The Open is the original championship game of golf and since it was first played in 1860, the openness has been central to its ethos and unique appeal.

“Players who are exempt or have obtained a place by qualifying for the 150th Open in accordance with the terms and conditions of entry will be able to compete at the Championships in St Andrews. We are focused on organizing a world-class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic occasion for golf.

“We will invest proceeds from The Open, as we always do, for the benefit of golf, reflecting our purpose to ensure the sport thrives 50 years from now.”

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