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Ian Poulter on the LIV Golf Invitational Series: “It’s a big draw for sure. This has many advantages.

Ian Poulter admits the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series has “lots of upside potential” despite being denied eligibility by the PGA Tour.

Poulter is among the most prominent players, along with Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Phil Mickelson, who are known to have applied for the necessary clearance to play the 54-hole event at Centurion Club, which has a total prize pool of $20.2 million pounds and has £3.2million. to the winner.

However, members of the PGA Tour were told last week that the clearances were not granted, subjecting them to penalties if they do so at St Albans from June 9-11.

These could include fines or suspensions from the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, putting future Ryder Cup participation at risk as a player or captain, although LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman has pledged to “defend” any players affected by the sanctions , to indemnify and to represent”.

It remains to be seen how many players will play at Centurion Club despite everything – said Richard Bland BBC Radio Solent He will definitely take part – but when asked if it was a difficult decision, Poulter replied: “It’s a big attraction, that’s for sure. There is
many advantages to it.

Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf, pictured here with Phil Mickelson, p

LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, pictured here with Phil Mickelson, has pledged to “defend, indemnify and represent” any players affected by sanctions.

“I’ll play this week, I’ll play next week and then we’ll see.”

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The severity of the potential penalties remains unclear and ahead of the US PGA Championship in Southern Hills, Poulter added: “We have no idea.

“I’m focused on playing well this week. I have to play well to play the US Open. I am 83 years old and would like to play in the US Open (top 60 qualified on May 23rd and June 6th).

“I want to play as many tournaments as possible. For me it’s easy. Play well this week, play well next week and see how things might pan out.

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“There are so many unknowns and it’s hard to talk about the unknown.”

Asked specifically about the threat of a Ryder Cup ban, the European talisman of the biannual event added: “Speculation. Nobody knows the ifs and buts.

PGA of America chief slams ‘flawed’ Saudi Separatist League

PGA of America Chairman Seth Waugh reiterated the organization’s support for golf’s current “ecosystem” and questioned the “imperfect” format of the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit.

LIV Golf, led by Greg Norman, said the organization’s entire 14-event league was ready to go until Phil Mickelson’s comments cost him several sponsors and led to the withdrawal of some players, with a revised eight-event schedule starting at Centurion Club Hertfordshire. Month.

“We’re big supporters of the ecosystem as it is,” Waugh said. “We think the structure of – I don’t know if it’s a league – isn’t a league at this point, but the structure of the league is a bit flawed. We believe that bringing outside money into the game will change it forever for many reasons if it actually happens.

Claude Harmon III claims that LIV are Golf and the Saudi series

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Claude Harmon III claims LIV Golf and the Saudi series is “the elephant in the golf room” adding that “players are like penguins sitting at the edge of the ice waiting for someone to jump”.

Claude Harmon III claims LIV Golf and the Saudi series is “the elephant in the golf room” adding that “players are like penguins sitting at the edge of the ice waiting for someone to jump”.

“The Tour belongs to the players and that means ultimately everything comes back to the players and once you put money into it it’s going to create a need to come back, a need to come out and a lot of the things that change the dynamic of what not necessarily good for the ecosystem in our opinion.

“I’ve lived in a world of upheaval all my life, or rather my whole career, and it was inevitable. Golf has never been hotter in every way, from the participation point of view, from the audience point of view. Playing golf for the first time is always cool and will always attract more attention, which ultimately I think is great for the game.

“It will cause disruption, but the disruption is already happening internally. It’s not us, but the wallets are obviously full, there’s a lot of money at stake, the affiliation between the European Tour and the PGA Tour is very real. So all of this disruption happens somehow, but internally, which we think is a good thing.”

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