Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter RESIGN memberships of the DP World Tour ending any already-faint hopes the trio might need had of creating this 12 months’s Ryder Cup
- Trio resign membership in face of extreme sanctions upheld by arbitration listening to
- Ends any faint hopes they may have had of creating this 12 months’s Ryder Cup
- One other important marking put up in sport fractured by Saudi-backed LIV Tour
Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia and Ian Poulter have resigned their membership of the DP World Tour within the face of extreme sanctions handed down for becoming a member of the LIV sequence.
The trio’s choices, which formally cements their ineligibility for the Ryder Cup, have been confirmed on Wednesday and follows their loss in a key arbitration listening to between the European circuit and the LIV defectors in April.
Mail Sport revealed final week that as a consequence of that verdict, the rebels are probably dealing with enormous fines, with the DP World Tour set to concern retrospective sanctions on a sliding scale of £100,000 and down for every of the LIV tournaments they contested with out permission.
Westwood, Poulter, Garcia and English veteran Richard Bland, who additionally resigned, have up to now performed in all 13 LIV occasions, so may very well be on the tip of drastic cumulative punishments when the sanctions are finalised. Greg Norman has beforehand stated the Saudi-backed start-up pays all authorized charges.
Ian Poulter has resigned his membership of the DP World Tour following arbitration listening to
His former Ryder Cup team-mate Sergio Garcia has achieved the identical in an extra marking put up of golf’s fractured nature
Lee Westwood won’t compete on this 12 months’s Ryder Cup following resolution to resign membership
The DP World Tour stated in a press release: ‘(We) want to take this chance to thank the 4 gamers for the contribution they’ve made to the Tour and specifically to Sergio, Ian and Lee for the numerous half they’ve performed in Europe’s success within the Ryder Cup over a few years.
‘Their resignations, nevertheless, together with the sanctions imposed upon them, are a consequence of their very own decisions.
‘As we’ve got constantly maintained all through the previous 12 months, the Tour has a accountability to its whole membership to manage the member rules which every participant indicators as much as. These rules are in place to guard the collective pursuits of all DP World Tour members.
‘The impartial panel appointed by Sport Resolutions recognised this, figuring out that our conflicting event regulation and its software within the circumstances didn’t transcend what was vital and proportionate to the Tour’s continued operation as an expert golf tour and that we’ve got a respectable curiosity in defending the rights of our full membership by implementing it.’
The Tour stated an extra replace on different sanctioned members can be made on Thursday.