The PGA is in trouble. Several major golfers, including six-time major champion Phil Mickelson and former world no. 1 Dustin Johnson, have stated their intentions to play in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. While the United States Golf Association, the sport's governing body in this country, made it clear that the likes of Mickelson and Johnson could be able to play in the upcoming US Open, the golf world is still waiting for the PGA's response to all of this.
On Thursday, Eamon Lynch of Golf Week reported that the PGA would ‘drop the hammer' on any golfers who joined LIV. Shortly after, the hammer was dropped.
— Eamon Lynch (@eamonlynch) June 9, 2022
The PGA has suspended any current or future LIV Golf players. In an email sent to all PGA Tour members, commissioner Jay Monahan addressed those players, such as Mickelson and Johnson, who have “turned their backs on the Tour.”
These players, who Monahan said failed to “receive the necessary conflicting event and media rights releases,” will not be barred from participating in any PGA events and will be removed from the FedExCup Points list.
As for if the likes of Mickelson and Johnson can ever return to the Tour, Monahan was a bit less clear. However, the overarching point of the email was heard loud and clear.
The LIV Golf coup will not be tolerated.