After golf’s ugly power struggle took a dramatic turn at the LIV Golf Invitational Series, Ian Poulter plans to appeal his suspension from the PGA Tour.
The PGA Tour retaliated by banning the 17 players in the field who were playing within minutes of the first strokes in the first event of the Saudi-funded tournament series.
Six-time major champion and lifetime member Phil Mickelson, former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson, and European players Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, and Graeme McDowell were among them, albeit all had resigned from the Tour except Mickelson.
Despite being denied the required release to play in the controversial circuit, Poulter had not resigned and insisted he had done nothing wrong.
Telling reporters after his opening-round 75: “I’ve played a lot of tournaments all over the world, this event is no different. It’s a shame if they view this as something different.”
“I will definitely file an appeal.” It is illogical. What’s wrong with having two Tour cards and the ability to play golf all around the world? I believe I’ve already been granted permission to perform at gatherings all across the world.”
“I don’t know why. We can all make speculations as to why. Competition is probably the true reason. It’s a power struggle and it’s just disheartening,” Poulter said when asked why he had been denied clearance this time.
The players see themselves as independent contractors who should be entitled to play anywhere they want, so a legal struggle between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour seemed inevitable.