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LIV Golfers Asked Not to Wear Logos at BMW PGA Championship, Can Skip Pro-Am

Tyler Conway@@jtylerconwayFeatured Columnist IVAugust 31, 2022

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The DP World Tour reportedly sent an email asking LIV golfers to not wear clothing showing their tour's logo at the upcoming BMW PGA Championship.

"Out of respect for our partners, our broadcasters and your fellow competitors, we would kindly ask you to consider not wearing LIV Golf-branded apparel during your participation at Wentworth," the memo sent by CEO Keith Pelley said.

LIV golfers will also not be asked to participate in the pro-am held before the event. Abraham Ancer, Kevin Na, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia are among the LIV-contracted golfers currently scheduled to compete in the Surrey, England event.

According to a memo sent to LIV golfers earlier this month, they have been instructed to wear tour-branded clothing while playing elsewhere. It's unclear if the DP World Tour will step in and penalize players if they follow the LIV mandate.

The fledgling tour has created a civil war within the sport of golf, with those on the PGA side criticizing LIV golfers for cashing in on a quick buck while those on the LIV side say they've created a new, free market after years of inequity.

Rory McIlroy, who has been staunchly on the PGA side of things, said he was not looking forward to playing with LIV players at Wentworth.

"I hate what it's doing to the game of golf," McIlroy said. "I hate it. I really do. Like, it's going to be hard for me to stomach going to Wentworth in a couple of weeks' time and seeing 18 of them there. That just doesn't sit right with me."

McIlroy and Tiger Woods announced a new tech-based golf league earlier this month that is working in partnership with the PGA Tour. The TGL will feature players competing on a virtual golf course and broadcast Monday nights in primetime, starting in 2024. Woods and McIlroy both reportedly turned down massive contract offers from LIV, which receives its financial backing from the Saudi Arabian government.

LIV has been accused of being an attempt at "sportswashing" the human rights atrocities committed by Saudi Arabia.

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