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Ian Poulter among three LIV Golf Series players to get Scottish Open reprieve

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Three players have been added to the field for this week’s Genesis Scottish Open after their suspensions for playing in the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational Series event were temporarily suspended on appeal.

DP World Tour members who played on the Saudi-backed rebel circuit without permission have been banned from the Scottish Open, along with two other co-sanctioned events with the PGA Tour, and hit with individual fines of £100,000.

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However, following a hearing before Sport Resolutions (UK) on Monday, the suspensions imposed on Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding have been temporarily suspended, pending a decision on their appeals on the merits.

DP World Tour Managing Director Keith Pelley said: “Out of respect for JP and Noreen McManus, their wonderful Pro-Am and the outstanding fundraising they undertake on behalf of charities across the West of England. Ireland, I will not give a detailed answer on this subject. matters right now.

“I will simply say that we are disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, but we will respect the decision. It is important to remember, however, that this is only a stay of the penalties imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal as to whether those penalties were appropriate.

“The field composition for the Genesis Scottish Open will be advised in due course, but based on this decision the field size will increase beyond 156.

“We will comment further on this in due course, but not during our stay at Adare Manor.”

Speaking ahead of the announcement of the decision, Poulter told BBC Sport: “I am disappointed, I feel offended to be obviously suspended from playing golf on a tour of which I have been a member for 24 years, but I was told I can’t, so that’s disappointing.

“I put it in as an individual because I want to play so if people want to come in at the end it’s up to them but my match is obviously fighting for my rights to play golf.”

Poulter was commenting after taking part in a star-studded pro-am event in Ireland which brought together players from both sides of the controversy currently dividing the sport.

Thousands thronged the fairways of the 2027 Ryder Cup site, Adare Manor, as Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth and Jon Rahm competed with LIV brand signings such as Poulter, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Lee Westwood. at the JP McManus Pro-Am charity fundraiser.

Another participant was former Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, who insisted there was room for the LIV tour to co-exist with traditional tours.

Harrington also played down suggestions of a serious rift between the LIV rebels and players who chose to remain affiliated with the PGA and DP World Tours.

Padraig Harrington says there is room for the LIV Golf circuit to co-exist with traditional circuits (Donall Farmer/PA).

“Being here is a bit like Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner for your family,” the Dubliner said.

“You know, you might have a brother sitting there and you might be – we’re going to Americanize it – you might be a Republican, they might be a Democrat, but you’re all friends at this point and maybe the policy is not mentioned above the dinner table.

“On an individual basis, it’s not a difficult situation here this week. We’re all friends.

Harrington, fresh off his triumph at the US Senior Open, said he wouldn’t like European veterans who signed up for the LIV series to be denied the chance to captain the Ryder Cup.

He clarified that he has no plans to fill the role again.

“I think there are a lot of people who have the future of being Ryder Cup captains and I think everyone should have that chance,” said the 50-year-old multiple Major winner.

“I had my chance. As much as I love the experience of being Ryder Cup captain and I really enjoyed it, you know it was a tough decision and I don’t see myself returning to that arena.

Amid the continued acrimony over the LIV series, Harrington expressed hope that the golf landscape would eventually settle down.

Tiger Woods waves to fans on the 18th green at the JP McManus Pro-Am

Tiger Woods waves to fans on the 18th green at the JP McManus Pro-Am (Peter Morrison/AP).

“I believe there is room in golf for many tours and many competitions,” he said.

He added: “The more the merrier if you ask me, everyone will find their place and in three or four years, five years, you know, things will have calmed down and we will all know where we are. so.

“At the moment there are disruptions, there is no doubt about that. But disruptions aren’t bad sometimes.

Woods’ appearance at the 36-hole event in Ireland will further raise hopes that he will be fit enough to compete at the St Andrews Open later this month.

The 15-time Major winner continues to struggle with pain in his right leg following the serious injuries he sustained in a car accident in Los Angeles in February last year.

He withdrew from the USPGA Championship after three rounds in May and sat out the US Open last month, but has signaled his intention to play in Scotland for the final major tournament of the year.

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