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DP World Tour Set For Hearing Against LIV Golfers

By: | Mon 06 Feb 2023

THIS is a significant week for the DP World Tour, with an arbitration panel to decide whether the likes of Lee Westwood, Patrick Reed, Martin Kaymer and Ian Poulter can carry on playing in its tournaments. 

Players were fined £100,000 and suspended for two weeks - a ban which included the Scottish Open - for teeing up on the Saudi-backed tour last year because they had not been given permission to play in a conflicting event.

But a temporary injunction last July has allowed LIV players to continue to compete on the DP World Tour. And Reed very nearly won the Dubai Desert Classic.

LIV stars insist they are independent contractors and can choose where they play and 13 players are seeking a judgement from an independent three-man panel in London, which is chaired by a former high court judge. 

The behind-closed-doors Sports Resolutions hearing is scheduled to run for five days until Friday, with the verdict expected in the next few weeks.

DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, who will appear as a witness, said: “I think it’s an important moment for our tour and to protect our tour and for our members at all different levels.”

Keith Pelley

(Image Credit: Kevin Diss Photography)

Reed told the New York Times: “We’re going to have to wait and see how the hearing goes and see how everything transpires. The only thing I can really focus on is golf and letting the lawyers deal with all of that.”

A favourable verdict for LIV stars would also see them free to qualify for the Ryder Cup team in September. 

A ruling for the DP World Tour would see more bans imposed on LIV players, who are suspended from the PGA Tour with separate legal cases to be heard next year. 

Three LIV players, including Bryson DeChambeau, remain plaintiffs in a lawsuit filed in August accusing the PGA Tour of using monopoly powers to stop competition.

The first of 14 LIV events this year will be staged at Mayakoba in Mexico from Feb 24-26.

The 13 players in the DP World Tour case are Poulter, Adrian Otaegui, Justin Harding, Westwood, Sam Horsfield, Richard Bland, Shaun Norris, Laurie Canter, Wade Ormsby, Reed, Bernd Wiesberger, Graeme McDowell and Kaymer.

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