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On the heels of suspending 17 gamers for competing within the LIV Golf Invitational Sequence, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is standing by his resolution to levy such a major punishment.

Whereas chatting with CBS Sports activities throughout the ultimate spherical of the RBC Canadian Open on Sunday, Monahan stated he did what he believed was finest for the tour:

“It has been an unlucky week that was created by some unlucky selections, these selections being gamers selecting to violate our match laws. It is my job to guard, defend and have fun our loyal PGA Tour members, our companions and our followers. And that is precisely what I did. And I do not assume it was a shock to anyone, given how clear I had been about how we have been going to deal with this example.”

LIV Golf accomplished its inaugural occasion this weekend at Centurion Golf Membership close to London. Charl Schwartzel was the winner of the 54-hole competitors and obtained a complete prize of $4.75 million, the biggest sum within the historical past of match golf.

Six-time main champion Phil Mickelson, two-time main winner Dustin Johnson and longtime PGA Tour members Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Louis Oosthuizen and Kevin Na have been amongst those that competed within the occasion, making them ineligible for tour occasions going ahead.

The LIV Golf Sequence is backed by the Saudi Arabian authorities, which has a historical past of human-rights abuses. Monahan criticized the gamers who selected to miss the ethical implications for financial acquire.

“It most likely is a matter for gamers that selected to go and take that cash. … And I feel you’d need to be dwelling underneath a rock to not know that there are important implications,” Monahan stated. “And I might ask any participant that has left or any participant that might take into account leaving, have you ever ever needed to apologize for being a member of the PGA Tour?”

Rory McIlroy, who was victorious on the RBC Canadian Open, has been brazenly vital of gamers who participate within the breakaway golf league. He is additionally had a disagreement with LIV Golf Commissioner Greg Norman, and he determined to take a dig at him after his win.

“It is a day I will bear in mind for a protracted, very long time. Twenty-one PGA Tour wins, yet one more than any person else,” McIlroy stated, referring to Norman’s 20 profession wins.

Any gamers who compete at future LIV Golf occasions will face the identical punishment as the primary 17 golfers. Former U.S. Open winner Bryson DeChambeau and former Masters Event champion Patrick Reed are set to compete within the second LIV competitors, which will likely be held June 30-July 2 in Portland.

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