Saudi golf rebels banned from Scottish Open as plight of Europe's Ryder Cup team remains unresolved

Ian Poulter - Saudi Gulf rebels banned from Scottish Open as European Ryder Cup team's plight remains unresolved - GETTY IMAGES
The Saudi rebels are sidelined from next month's Scottish Open but the Ryder Cup suspension for the European players signed to the LIV Golf Series looks set to stretch well into the summer and maybe beyond extend out.
The much-anticipated announcement of the DP World Tour - formerly the European Tour - is expected on Friday and will result in the likes of Ian Poulter and Sergio García being banned from the $8 million event, which runs May 7-10. July, the week before the 150th Open Championship is held at St Andrews.
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For the first time, the Links tournament at the Renaissance Club will be joined by the DP World Tour and PGA Tour after the game's two traditional powerhouses signed a "strategic alliance" 20 months ago in response to the LIV threat.
But while the PGA Tour has issued indefinite bans to members who have signed contracts with the Breakaway circuit, the DP World Tour will continue to consider how best to respond to those who have defied Keith Pelley's orders , after the tour's executive director denied waivers to players who asked to attend LIV events.
Fines are likely to be imposed, but it is believed the post-Scottish Open policy will be to impose them on a tournament-by-tournament basis. As this is not a Ryder Cup year, Pelley and his board still have time to make a decision on the biannual dust test, amid growing concerns the 95-year match is in jeopardy due to the LIV bombshell.
The PGA Tour bans essentially mean US heavyweights like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka - who Telegraph Sport exclusively revealed on Tuesday and has signed a nine-figure contract with LIV - are ineligible to represent their country to play in both Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup games.
And with Phil Mickelson also on the ever-growing list maintained by LIV Chief Executive Greg Norman, that already means five from the 2018 US Ryder Cup team and three from the 2021 team as of today are next year will be missing Edition in Rome.
In a letter sent to the entire DP World Tour membership last week, Pelley revealed that he was inundated with players asking "why don't we just follow up on what the PGA Tour has done and suspend those players immediately." “.
"While I understand the frustration, let me remind you all that while we work closely with the PGA Tour, we are different organizations and therefore our rules and regulations are different," added Pelley.
Rumors circulated that Pelley had been in secret talks with LIV, with a report in an influential American magazine even stating that the Canadian was spotted at the first LIV event. However, the DP World Tour quickly issued a categorical rejection.
Complicating the picture is the fact that DP World - the tour's title sponsors, with whom Wentworth headquarters signed a 10-year deal last November that could be worth up to $1 billion - are so close has ties to Saudi Arabia. On Monday, the multinational port operator - ultimately owned by Dubai's ruling royal family - signed a 30-year deal with the Saudi Ports Authority, and DP World's ties with the kingdom approach the 10 billion mark.
If DP World feels its position is at risk, other sponsors such as BMW might also object to banning big names from their events. García, world No. 24 Louis Oostzhuizen and two-time Major champion Martin Kaymer were three of the 10 Rebels who played in the LIV opener in Hertfordshire two weeks ago but in the BMW International Open in Munich, the tour event , allowed to play began on Thursday.
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