Top Ad
I DIG Radio
www.idigradio.com
Listen live to the best music from around the world!
I DIG Style
www.idigstyle.com
Learn about the latest fashion styles and more...

Report: PGA Tour won't allow players to compete in Saudi International

Written by 
Published in Golf
Wednesday, 28 July 2021 12:14

According to a report on Golfweek.com, the PGA Tour is escalating its global turf war with a potential start-up circuit that’s being backed by the Saudi government.

Players will not be granted competing event releases for next year’s Saudi International, a lucrative event that had been a part of the European Tour schedule. According to the report, the European Tour will not sanction the event next year.

In a statement to GolfChannel.com, a Tour spokesperson said only, “the PGA Tour has a long-standing policy of not granting releases to unsanctioned events.”

The move appears to be in response to a Saudi-backed Super Golf League that’s attempting to lure top players to a global circuit with lucrative purses. Although no players have officially committed to the new league, the proposed tour does have traction among some of the game’s top players.

“I think there's pluses and minuses for everything. I think they've obviously got a lot of money and they've come out and sent a few shock waves about and people feel threatened. You know, the people that feel threatened are trying to combat it,” Lee Westwood said in May at the PGA Championship. “For me at nearly 50 it's a no-brainer, isn't it? If somebody stood here and offered me 50 million [dollars] to play golf when I'm 48, it's a no-brainer.”

The European Tour has not announced next year’s schedule and it remains to be seen if the circuit plans to continue to sanction the Saudi event, which was won by Dustin Johnson this year, but even if they don’t the tournament could land on the Asian Tour schedule.

According to the report, the Saudi government has recently made a “significant” investment in the Asian Tour in a move that could secure sanctioned status as well as a world ranking points, which are two of the biggest obstacles facing the Super Golf League.

Read 21 times

Soccer

Aussie rules! Overseas ref to make Prem history

Aussie rules! Overseas ref to make Prem history

Australian Jarred Gillett will become the first overseas official to referee a Premier League clash...

Barca need late goal to salvage Granada draw

Barca need late goal to salvage Granada draw

Ronald Araujo's late header salvaged a 1-1 draw for Barcelona against Granada at the Camp Nou on Mon...

Sources: James in talks to quit Everton for Qatar

Sources: James in talks to quit Everton for Qatar

James Rodriguez is discussing a move to Qatari club Al Rayyan after Everton gave the Colombia intern...

Basketball

Ballmer: Clips forging 'own identity' with arena

Ballmer: Clips forging 'own identity' with arena

LA Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer initially was content to play at Staples Center -- in the same bu...

Ntilikina, Knicks' top pick in '17, signs with Mavs

Ntilikina, Knicks' top pick in '17, signs with Mavs

DALLAS -- The Dallas Mavericks signed free agent Frank Ntilikina on Thursday, adding the guard picke...

Baseball

Former OF Gose, 31, called up by Indians as LHP

Former OF Gose, 31, called up by Indians as LHP

CLEVELAND -- Anthony Gose is ready to make a new kind of pitch to play in the majors.Formerly a fast...

Yankees hope Severino can give bullpen a boost

Yankees hope Severino can give bullpen a boost

NEW YORK -- Pitcher Luis Severino was activated by the New York Yankees before Monday's series opene...

Sports Leagues

  • FIFA

    Fédération Internationale de Football Association
  • NBA

    National Basketball Association
  • ATP

    Association of Tennis Professionals
  • MLB

    Major League Baseball
  • ITTF

    International Table Tennis Federation

About Us

I Dig® is a leading global brand that makes it more enjoyable to surf the internet, conduct transactions and access, share, and create information.  Today I Dig® attracts millions of users every month.

 

Phone: (800) 737. 6040
Fax: (800) 825 5558
Website: www.idig.com
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Affiliated