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Ian Poulter, Justin Harding and Adrian Otaegi will play this week’s Scottish Open after their suspensions from the DP World Tour were upheld at a Sport Resolutions (UK) hearing

Last update: 04/07/22 22:28


Ian Poulter is among the players who will now be able to play in the Scottish Open

Ian Poulter, Justin Harding and Adrian Otaegi will play at the Scottish Open after their DP World Tour suspensions were temporarily lifted.

The DP World Tour issued £100,000 fines to members taking part in the inaugural LIV Golf event at the Centurion Club last month and also initially banned those players from playing the three co-sanctioned events with the PGA Tour.

Those events are this week’s Genesis Scottish Open and Barbasol Championship, along with next week’s Barracuda Championship. However, a stay was granted at a Sport Resolutions (UK) hearing, clearing the way for Poulter, Harding and Otaegui to play at The Renaissance Club.

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“I’ll just say we’re disappointed with the outcome of today’s hearing, but we’ll stand by the decision,” said Keith Pelley, CEO of DP World Tour.

“However, it is important to remember that this is only a suspension of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal as to whether these sanctions are appropriate.

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

“We will make further comment on this in due course, but not during our stay at Adare Manor [for the JP McManus Pro-Am].”

Sky Sports News' Jamie Weir reports that the dispute between DP World Tour and LIV players looks increasingly likely to end up in court

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Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that the dispute between DP World Tour and LIV players looks increasingly likely to end up in court

Sky Sports News’ Jamie Weir reports that the dispute between DP World Tour and LIV players looks increasingly likely to end up in court

Other players who were suspended either missed the chance to appeal or were content not to play in the tournament.

Poulter, who was among the players from both sides of the golf divide competing in the JP McManus Pro-Am, spoke before the hearing decision was announced about his frustration at being cut from the DP World Tour.

I feel disappointed, I feel insulted that I’m obviously banned from playing golf on a tour that I’ve been a member of for 24 years but I’ve been told I can’t, so it’s disappointing,” Poulter told BBC Sport.

“I put it up as an individual because I want to play, so whether people want to get on the back of that is up to them, but my correspondence is obviously fighting for my rights to play golf.”

Paul McGinley gives his reaction to the news that Paul Casey has become the latest player to join the LIV Golf Series

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Paul McGinley gives his reaction to the news that Paul Casey has become the latest player to join the LIV Golf Series

Paul McGinley gives his reaction to the news that Paul Casey has become the latest player to join the LIV Golf Series

Another entrant at Adare Manor was former Ryder Cup captain Padraig Harrington, who insisted there was a place for the LIV tour to co-exist with the traditional circuits.

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

“Being here is a little bit like Christmas dinner or Thanksgiving for your family,” Harrington said. “You know, you might have a brother or sister 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 particular moment, and maybe politics doesn’t is mentioned at the dinner table.

“On an individual basis this week, this situation is not difficult. We are all friends.

Padraig Harrington says he's pleased to see the PGA and DP World Tours focus on improving themselves rather than trying to 'push away' LIV Golf

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Padraig Harrington says he’s pleased to see the PGA and DP World Tours focus on improving themselves rather than trying to ‘push away’ LIV Golf

Padraig Harrington says he’s pleased to see the PGA and DP World Tours focus on improving themselves rather than trying to ‘push away’ LIV Golf

“I believe there is room in golf for many rounds and many competitions. The more the merrier if you ask me, everybody will find their place and in three or four years, in five years, you know, things will settle down and we’ll all know where we are.

“There’s a disconnect right now, there’s no doubt about that. But a break isn’t bad sometimes.”

The Genesis Scottish Open will feature the strongest DP World Tour field in its history this week, with 14 of the world’s top 15 competing at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

The tournament will also offer three spots for the 150th Open through the open qualifying series given to the three leading players in the top 10 who have not yet been released.

Featured group coverage begins Thursday at 8 a.m Sky Sports Golf and Sky Sports Main Eventbefore the full coverage from 12:30 p.m.

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