The DP World Tour has asked the LIV Golfers scheduled to compete in next month’s BMW PGA Championship to refrain from wearing LIV logos on their clothing, according to an email sent to the players by DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley on Tuesday.
In the memo, Pelley informed the players that they “will not be required to play in Wednesday’s Pro-Am and out of respect for our partners, our broadcasters and your fellow competitors, we would kindly ask you to consider not wearing LIV Golf-. branded clothing during your attendance at Wentworth.”
A copy of the memo was obtained by ESPN. Two LIV Golfers who plan to compete in the BMW PGA Championship, set for September 8-11 at Wentworth Club in Surrey, England, also confirmed receiving the email.
The Wall Street Journal reported on August 18 that LIV Golf contracts include a provision that its players must wear LIV Golf-branded clothing when competing on other circuits.
Almost 20 LIV Golfers, incl Abraham Ancer, Kevin No, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garciaare listed in the field for the BMW PGA Championship, which has an $8 million purse.
After winning last week’s Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, McIlroy said he was not looking forward to seeing the PGA Tour members who had defected to LIV Golf.
“I hate what it’s doing to the game of golf,” McIlroy said. “I hate it. I really do. Like, it’s going to be hard for me to stomach going to Wentworth in a few weeks and seeing 18 of them there. That just doesn’t sit right with me.”
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan suspended members who competed in LIV Golf tournaments without conflict-of-event releases. Pelley suspended and fined DP World Tour players who signed with LIV Golf from three events that it co-sanctions with the PGA Tour, but the punishment was temporarily blocked by a referee in England. A hearing is scheduled for February to address the suspensions and fines.
Fitzpatrick, who won the US Open in July, said it would be an awkward scenario at Wentworth.
“It’s going to be weird seeing certain people, obviously, at Wentworth,” Fitzpatrick said. “That’s going to be a little weird, and obviously it’s a little disappointing. But they won their little thing (arbitration hearing).”