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LIV Golf Signs More Players, PGA Tour Expands Alliance With European Tour

As the LIV Golf Invitational Series continues to sign more players, the PGA Tour is strengthening its relationship with another tour. The PGA Tour and the DP World Tour announced a new 13-year partnership just two days before LIV Golf’s first event in the United States.

The joint venture builds on the already existing alliance between the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. The partnership runs through 2035 and creates a path for more European players to join the PGA Tour.

The PGA Tour will increase its stake in European Tour Productions from 15% to 40%. Starting in 2023, the top 10 players in the year’s final DP World Tour Rankings will be granted PGA Tour cards for the next season.

The new agreement will also guarantee an increase in annual prize funds for the next five years.

“Building on the success of the existing Strategic Alliance between ourselves and the PGA TOUR, this move will significantly enhance the meritocracy that has successfully served the professional game on both sides of the Atlantic for more than 50 years,” said Keith Pelley, Chief Executive Officer of the DP World Tour.

“It is a natural extension and progression of what we have been doing over the past few years and I passionately believe that this move is the right thing for our players, our Tour, our fans, and the game of golf in general. Our two tours have undoubtedly drawn closer over the past few years and today’s announcement strengthens

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Rory McIlroy Advocating for Golf Tours to Meet and Try to Settle ‘Messy’ Situation

NORTH BERWICK, Scotland — A staunch defender of the PGA Tour against LIV Golf, Rory McIlroy is now looking for a peaceful resolution to a war that has escalated quickly.

McIlroy told BBC Sport Northern Ireland on Tuesday at the JP McManus Pro-Am at Adare Manor golf/rory-mcilroy-calls-on-world-tours-to-sit-down-with-liv-to-solve-golfs-messy-situation-41816716.html” onclick=”return phoenixTrackClickEvent(this, event);”that peace talks need to happen between the DP World Tour, PGA Tour and LIV Golf.

“It’s messy, I wish it hadn’t got that messy, ” McIlroy said. “In hindsight, there were probably steps that were missed that wouldn’t have made it as messy.”

As the first player to broach the subject of a three-way meeting, McIlroy is potentially painting a target on his back. PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has taken the moral high ground, stating in a press conference at the Travelers Championship last month that the Saudi-backed group is “an irrational threat; one not concerned with the return on investment or true growth of the game.”

In that same press conference, Monahan called the PGA Tour “an American institution” “that can’t compete with a foreign monarchy that is spending billions of dollars in an attempt to buy the game of golf.”

Given that stance, a potential peace conference may be unlikely.

“I don’t see it being probable given how the last couple of years have shaped up,” Jordan Spieth said after his first round Thursday at the Genesis Scottish Open.

Spieth, a former PGA Tour Policy Board member, indicated that he has spoken with McIlroy at length on the LIV issue.

“I guess it would matter what that would entail,” Spieth said of the subject and process of the talks. “Because the idea that you could fully go play anywhere and not have to join a tour, I don’t think that’s what (McIlroy) means whatsoever.”


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Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood threaten legal action against DP World Tour

Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood are among a group of 16 players fined and banned from the Scottish Open who have threatened the DP World Tour with legal actions unless their sanctions are rescinded by Friday.

The punishments – £100,000 individual fines and bans from upcoming tournaments including the Scottish Open – were handed down by the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, last Friday as they formally moved to punish all players who have signed up for the Saudi rebel tour, which launched earlier this month. 

There is a Tour deadline by next Friday, July 8, that means the rebels can’t play until they have paid their fines, although LIV Golf’s response was to offer financial support to its players to cover any penalties or legal costs they may incur.

But the players involved have threatened legal action unless they are allowed to play in the Scottish Open, the first jointly-sanctioned tournament ever staged between the DP world Tour and PGA Tour, at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick next Thursday.

In an open letter the 16 players claim that the DP World Tour is being hypocritical for banning them while allowing others to feature in events outside their tour, claiming the penalties levelled against them are “grossly unfair and likely unlawful”.

They also question the 13-year partnership that was announced this week between the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, asking why the latter appears to be accepting that it will play second fiddle to its American big brother.

A letter, which was signed by 16 of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational competitors in Portland, who will be fined for playing in the event, and sent to the DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley and other board members, called for negotiations to align the rebel

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DP World Tour, PGA TOUR expand and strengthen alliance

* Move is a significant boost to a global pathway for competitive golf

*PGA TOUR to provide operational support and additional investment to the DP World Tour

* DP World Tour prize fund levels set to grow annually

The DP World Tour and the PGA TOUR have moved to significantly strengthen not only their existing alliance but also help develop players to compete at the pinnacle of men’s professional golf, by unveiling a ground-breaking new 13-year operational joint venture partnership.

The partnership, through to 2035, builds on the success of the existing Strategic Alliance between the two Tours that was unveiled in November 2020 and which has already seen tangible benefits for members of both Tours, not least the co-sanctioning of the Genesis Scottish Open on the DP World Tour, alongside access for both memberships into the Barbasol Championship and the Barracuda Championship on the PGA TOUR.

Collaboration has already borne fruit for the DP World Tour with the introduction of new tournament title sponsors such as Genesis and Horizon and new Tour partners such as Fortinet and Velocity Global.

In addition, working together to drive prize funds and commercial revenue will not only benefit the entire range of both memberships immediately, but also develop immense strategic opportunities for all members of both Tours for the future.

As part of the new joint venture, the PGA TOUR will increase its existing stake in European Tour Productions from 15 percent to 40 percent, while utilising the DP World Tour’s recognised international credentials and global footprint to continue to coordinate a worldwide schedule.

The DP World Tour will guarantee growth in annual prize funds to its membership for the next five years, all above the record 2022 levels unveiled as part of the DP World Tour title partnership arrangement announced last

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