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Report: DP World Tour secures major legal victory against LIV Golf

Report: DP World Tour secures major legal victory against LIV Golf

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Report: DP World Tour secures major legal victory against LIV Golf

Hector Vivas

According to a report, DP World Tour won its legal battle against LIV Golf. ReportThe Times of London reports the Saudi-backed circuit has suffered a serious blow.

Following the DP World Tour’s fine and suspension of 16 members who fled to the fledgling LIV league last June for the inaugural LIV Golf event in London, a group of players led by Ian Poulter, Adrián Otaegui and Justin Harding filed an appeal against the Old World circuit. LIV members were not allowed to enter the Genesis Scottish Open until a hearing before an arbitration panel from the U.K. in February. Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood, LIV players, testified.

According to The Times, however the DP World Tour’s authority for suspending and fining its players for playing on the LIV Golf circuit without permission will be upheld. The official ruling is expected to be made later in the week.

LIV Golf would be very affected if an official decision were made. Because suspensions can be handed down for every event LIV Golf event that a DP World Tour member plays in without permission, those with ties to the tour—like Poulter, Westwood and Reed—will likely resign in order to avoid further monetary penalties. LIV members may be prohibited from participating at DP World Tour events. LIV may not be awarded Official World Golf Ranking accreditation, which could cause problems. LIV golfers could earn OWGR points playing in DP World Tour events, although the case was still being resolved.

Ryder Cup participation will be impossible for LIV Golf players. Though Henrik Stenson had been revoked of his captaincy following his departure, the European Team’s roster eligibility (the DP World Tour has jurisdiction over the club) did not rule out the chance of a LIV player making the squad. Ryder Cup points were also earned by LIV golfers who played in DP World Tour events during arbitration.

The ruling comes as LIV continues its antitrust fight against the PGA Tour in the United States, a fight that thus far has not gone in LIV’s favor.

According to The Times, LIV and its members could launch a second appeal in Britain. However, it is not clear if that league or its legal representatives would follow that route. Eighteen LIV Golf players are in this week’s Masters field, including six former Masters champs.

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