PGA Tour bans release of LIV Series players

Lee Westwood is one of those players who have expressed a desire to participate in the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

The PGA Tour has refused to release players who want to compete in the opening game of the Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf Invitational Series in England next month.

Tour said players participating in Centurion Golf Club from June 9 will be in violation of the rules.

Phil Mickelson of the US and Lee Westwood of the UK have requested their release to participate in the PGA Tour.

On Tuesday, Greg Norman told BBC Sport. The LIV series for the “decades” of the future.

Norman said the PGA Tour’s decision to ban players was “anti-golfer, anti-fan, anti-competitive.”

The Australian, CEO of LIV Golf Investments, added:

“But whatever the obstacles stand in the way of the PGA Tour, we will not stop. We will continue to give players the option to promote the great game of golf globally.”

The PGA Tour Canada Open event clashes with the opening game of the LIV Series in London.

The PGA Tour is “in the best interests of the Tour and its players,” confirming that the PGA Tour has blocked requests from players seeking release.

The LIV event is set to offer a prize pool of around $25 million (£20 million), meaning every leg of the series is more profitable than the richest event on the PGA Tour.

Norman says it has secured $2 billion (£1.6 billion) in funding to help develop the LIV series into a full Super League by 2024.

The second tournament in the series will take place in July in Portland, Oregon.

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