Justin Thomas, Collin Morikawa try to focus on Genesis Scottish Open instead of LIV Golf | golf news

Genesis Scottish Open co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour for the first time this week at The Renaissance Club, where 14 of the world’s top 15 are scheduled to perform; watch live Thursday from 8am on Sky Sports Golf

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Justin Thomas says he is only focusing on winning golf tournaments, amid the feud between major golf tours and defecting players.

Justin Thomas says he is only focusing on winning golf tournaments, amid the feud between major golf tours and defecting players.

Justin Thomas says beating rebels LIV for the Genesis Scottish Open title would mean more to him and admits he has been “emotionally involved from time to time” by the controversy surrounding the Saudi-backed tour.

DP World Tour players who contested the first LIV Golf event at Centurion Club last month were fined £100,000 and banned from the Scottish Open but successfully appealed the sanctions on Monday.

Ian Poulter, Justin Harding, Adrian Otaegui and Branden Grace were then added to the field at the Renaissance Club, with Otaegui and Harding in the first group on Thursday and Poulter and Grace in the same position on Friday.

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Thomas came out in favor of the PGA Tour in his battle against the Saudi-backed rival circuit, with the two-time Grand Slam winner admitting victory would be sweeter if it came at the expense of one of LIV Golf’s mavericks.

“If I know all four of them, then it’ll be fine,” Thomas said of the prospect of playing with them. “It’ll be easy. But even if I don’t, I don’t necessarily think we’re going to have any games or upset each other.”

“At the end of the day, they’re here for the same reason we are and that’s just trying to play well and give yourself a chance to win the Scottish Open. If it happens to get to that point and you have a chance to beat one of them to win the tournament, it could be a bit better, but I’m sure they’d say the same thing.

“I’ll be the first to say that I’ve gotten emotionally involved from time to time, and I’m allowed to. I’m passionate about it and I feel a certain way. But at the end of the day, me and the others first and foremost need to focus on playing a good golf because that is the number 1 priority.

Ian Poulter says it was the

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Ian Poulter says it was the “right decision” to allow him to play this week’s Scottish Open after a stay of his DP World Tour suspensions was granted at a Sport Resolutions (UK) hearing.

Ian Poulter says it was the “right decision” to allow him to play this week’s Scottish Open after a stay of his DP World Tour suspensions was granted at a Sport Resolutions (UK) hearing.

“But if we can continue to focus on improving our product, making it the best it can be, then at the end of the day we have nothing to worry about.

“You never know what’s going to happen in terms of other entities or other things being thrown out there, but I think we’re all very obviously pleased with where we are and continue to move forward and progress and change.” to benefit everyone.”

Morikawa: LIV Golf courses are ‘frustrating’

Defending Open champion Collin Morikawa couldn't hide his frustration at repeatedly having to speak out about the dispute between traditional golf courses and the LIV Golf series.

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Defending Open champion Collin Morikawa couldn’t hide his frustration at repeatedly having to speak out about the dispute between traditional golf courses and the LIV Golf series.

Defending Open champion Collin Morikawa couldn’t hide his frustration at repeatedly having to speak out about the dispute between traditional golf courses and the LIV Golf series.

Collin Morikawa says it was frustrating to be linked with LIV Golf Investments Series and believes the time has come to “let go” of talk of the rival tour.

The two-time major winner had been rumored to join the Saudi-backed tour after last month’s US Open, and Morikawa quashed speculation in a statement on social media the following week to pledge his allegiance to the PGA Tour.

Morikawa was visibly upset when asked to speak about LIV Golf ahead of the Genesis Scottish Open. live on Sky Sportswith the world number 4 wanting to focus on a star-studded field at The Renaissance Club and The 150th Open next week in St Andrews.

“I just woke up [after US Open] to people saying it was going somewhere when obviously it wasn’t, so you had to shut it down,” Morikawa said. “All I’ve ever dreamed of is the PGA Tour, winning majors, playing against the best in the world, being here together, yeah, it’s annoying.”

“It’s funny because we go back to my press conference at the US Open and just because I reiterated what Brooks [Koepka] He had said it was frustrating, it made it look like he was going to LIV.

Billy Horschel has been highly critical of golfers who have decided to defect from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

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Billy Horschel has been highly critical of golfers who have decided to defect from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

Billy Horschel has been highly critical of golfers who have decided to defect from the PGA Tour to LIV Golf.

“Now, if someone says it’s frustrating and they compare it to Billy Horschel, does that mean everyone stays on the PGA Tour? It’s funny because we all have our opinions, right, and we all have what we want to say, but we all have what I want to do is focus on each week and focus on the tournaments, that’s why I said it at the US Open.

“Same this week. I already closed it. I shouldn’t have to worry about it. You guys shouldn’t have to worry about it. Let it go. You know, we’re here with an amazing field, 14 of the top 15 players in the world, that should be a story

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“And then for next week I could say I’m the defending champion, 150th Open, at St Andrews. Tiger Woods is playing again. I mean, is he better than that? It’s tough. It’s tough to top that.”

This week’s tournament also offers three places to St Andrews via The Open Qualifying Series, awarded to the three leading players in the top 10 who are not already exempt. Featured group coverage begins Thursday from 8am on Sky Sports Golf, before full coverage from 12.30pm

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