The DP World Tour has asked 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 from DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley to players on Tuesday.
On the note, Pelley advised players that they are not required to play in Wednesday’s Pro-Am and out of respect for our partners, broadcasters and other competitors, we kindly ask that they do not wear LIV Golf-branded clothing while participating in Wentworth.
A copy of the memo was obtained by ESPN. Two LIV golfers who plan to compete in the tournament at Wentworth Club, England on September 8-11 confirmed receiving an email.
The Wall Street Journal reported Aug. 18 that LIV Golf’s contracts include a rule that players must wear LIV Golf-branded apparel when competing on other circuits.
Nearly 20 LIV golfers are listed in the field for the BMW PGA Championship’s $8 million purse, including Abraham Anser, Kevin Na, Talor Goch, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia.
Several PGA Tour players, including defending champion Billy Horschel, Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm, Matt Fitzpatrick and Victor Hovland, are scheduled to play in the event.
After winning the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta last week, McIlroy said he wasn’t looking forward to seeing PGA Tour members defect to LIV Golf.
“I hate what he does to the golf game,” McIlroy said. “I hate it. I really do. Like, it’s going to be hard for me to go to Wentworth in two weeks and see 18 there. That just doesn’t sit with me.”
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan has suspended members who competed in the LIV golf tournament without issuing conflicting event releases. Pelli suspended and fined DP World Tour players signed with LIV Golf in association with the PGA Tour from three events, but the fine was temporarily suspended by an English arbitrator. A hearing is scheduled for February to address the suspension and fines.
Fitzpatrick, who won the US Open in July, said it would be an awkward situation at Wentworth.
Fitzpatrick said: “It will be strange to see certain people openly at Wentworth. “It’s going to be a little weird, and obviously a little disappointing. But they won their little thing (arbitration hearing).”