After hoping to remain eligible to play on the PGA Tour schedule, LIV Golf defectors who had not returned their tour cards had them revoked.
The new PGA Tour season is set to start in two weeks on September 15, but Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau won’t be allowed to kick it off.
In a letter from the PGA Tour obtained by Sports Illustrated, players who had not resigned from their membership when they left for LIV – such as Mickelson, DeChambeau and Pat Perez – were informed that their membership had been revoked for the season. 2022-23.
The move comes after the Rebels were suspended by the Tour as soon as they played in a LIV Golf Tour event.
The letter written by Kirsten Burgess, Tour Vice President, Competition Administration, read: “The terms of your contractual commitments to LIV Golf prohibit you from meeting the material obligations set out in the rules and make it clear that you have no intention of, and indeed cannot comply with, these PGA Tour membership requirements.
“The Tour cannot enter into a membership agreement with a player where, as here, it reasonably anticipates that the player will not perform material obligations under that agreement.
“As a result, your PGA Tour membership cannot and will not be renewed for the 2022-2023 PGA TOUR season.”
The PGA Tour (photo by commissioner Jay Monahan) revoked the membership cards of players who defected to LIV Golf ahead of the new season in two weeks
Phil Mickelson (left) and Bryson DeChambeau (right) never officially resigned from their cards
Mickelson has previously said his lifetime membership, which he earned by winning a minimum of 20 tournaments, should not be revoked upon joining LIV.
“I worked very hard to get a lifetime exemption. And I don’t want to give that up,” Mickelson said at a press conference ahead of LIV’s first event in June.
‘I don’t think I should have to. I don’t know what this means for the future, but I don’t know what will happen. But I deserved it and I have no intention of giving it all up.”
Pat Perez is among the Saudi rebels who have been told their cards have been revoked
Mickelson and DeChambeau filed an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, which was joined by LIV Golf last week.
Some defectors quit ahead of the inaugural event at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England, ahead of the PGA Tour suspension.
Graeme McDowell, Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na, Charl Schwartzel and Lee Westwood were those who decided to cancel the impact of the sanctions expected before the opening of the LIV at the Centurion.
The PGA Tour’s letter informing LIV Golf players that they had been suspended following the breakaway’s inaugural event at the Centurion Club in St. Albans, England in June