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Lee Westwood is amongst a number of of golf’s prime gamers to have signed up for the profitable Saudi-backed circuit, regardless of sanctions from the game’s established PGA Tour and DP World Tour; Ryder Cup report level scorer Sergio Garcia hopeful over future participation

Final Up to date: 29/06/22 8:15pm

Lee Westwood is set to play in his second LIV Golf event later this week

Lee Westwood is ready to play in his second LIV Golf occasion later this week

Lee Westwood says his participation in future Ryder Cups shouldn’t be threatened by his choice to compete on the LIV Golf sequence.

The 49-year-old Englishman is amongst a number of of golf’s prime gamers to have signed up for the profitable Saudi-backed circuit, regardless of sanctions from the game’s established PGA Tour and DP World Tour.

With the following Ryder Cup not scheduled till September 2023, it at present stays unclear whether or not gamers taking part within the LIV sequence will have the ability to play in Rome, however there was hypothesis that they won’t be allowed to.

Westwood, who has made 11 Ryder Cup appearances and was thought of a close to certainty to be a future captain for Workforce Europe, addressed questions over his future within the match as he ready to play within the second LIV sequence occasion in Portland.

“Why ought to it’s threatened? I have been enjoying Ryder Cup golf since 1997, and the standards has been to be a member of the European Tour,” Westwood stated, referring to the DP World Tour by its former identify. “Now, the standards for being a member of the European Tour is to play 4 occasions. Why ought to they alter that now?

Watch the moment the USA won back the Ryder Cup in 2021.

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Watch the second the USA gained again the Ryder Cup in 2021.

Watch the second the USA gained again the Ryder Cup in 2021.

“I have been a member of the PGA TOUR and nonetheless performed 4 occasions on the European Tour, and why would the European Tour change their guidelines so dramatically as a result of one other tour does not prefer it or feels financially threatened? There’s only a bit an excessive amount of safety happening for my liking and never sufficient transparency.

“I believe so long as you fulfil the standards to be a European Tour member, then you need to nonetheless have the chance to attempt to qualify for the Ryder Cup crew.”

Garcia: We’ll preserve our fingers crossed

Sergio Garcia, the Ryder Cup’s all-time main level scorer, took a much less combative stance as he stated he was hopeful of including to his 10 appearances.

Requested whether or not he knew there was a threat of jeopardising his Ryder Cup future when he joined the LIV sequence, Garcia stated: “Yeah, I assume there was.

Sergio Garcia hit the opening tee shot at the 43rd Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits last year.

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Sergio Garcia hit the opening tee shot on the forty third Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits final yr.

Sergio Garcia hit the opening tee shot on the forty third Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits final yr.

“You by no means knew how everybody was going to behave. Clearly you have been hoping that it would not change. We nonetheless hope that it will not have an effect on it.

“I hope that I nonetheless have the chance, as I am positive they do, too, to be part of a couple of extra Ryder Cup groups, however that is not going to rely on us now. We’ll simply preserve our fingers crossed.”

Workforce USA can be captained in Italy by Zach Johnson, who gave the strongest indication but forward of the John Deere Basic that gamers competing within the LIV Golf sequence won’t be able to be a part of his Ryder Cup aspect.

“With the intention to play on the Ryder Cup crew whether or not you are prime six or a decide, you should garner Ryder Cup factors by the PGA of America,” Johnson stated. “With the intention to garner Ryder Cup factors by the PGA of America, you must be a member of the PGA of America.

“The best way that we’re members of the PGA of America is thru the PGA Tour. I am going to allow you to join the dots from there.”

Westwood requires ‘extra transparency’ from established excursions

Westwood additionally questioned an extension of the ‘Strategic Alliance’ between the DP World Tour and PGA Tour, which was introduced earlier this week.

The partnership, operating by to 2035, is an enlargement of the deal unveiled in November 2020 that lead to occasions co-sanctioned on each Excursions and collaboration to assist the DP World Tour attain new match title sponsors.

As a part of the brand new three way partnership, the PGA Tour elevated its current stake in European Tour Productions from 15 per cent to 40 per cent, whereas utilising the DP World Tour’s recognised worldwide credentials to coordinate a worldwide schedule.

Westwood stated: “I might wish to see extra transparency what this strategic alliance is all about. Individuals have been speaking about it, however we’ve not had too many particulars thus far of what it means to the European Tour.

“If I used to be a European Tour member, sat there all of the info and never being emotional about it, simply coping with the info, I proper now would not be feeling too assured that it should improve my enjoying alternatives or incomes alternatives.”

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