The Seminole Golf Club will not invite LIV players to the Pro-Member Tournament
The feud between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has once again rocked the golf world, as the Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida refuses to invite LIV players to the Pro-Member Tournament.
The tournament, which began in 2004 and has traditionally attracted some of the biggest names in golf, says players who joined LIV will not be invited back, according to golf week.
The magazine reports that the decision was made by Seminole President Jimmy Dunne, who partnered for the tournament with LIV golfer Dustin Johnson last year.
Dunne defended his decision citing Seminole’s partnership with the PGA Tour.
“We’re doing what we’ve always done,” Dunne said. “PGA Tour players have first priority. The PGA Tour has always supported this event. We are trying to make this day special and unique for Tour players.
Many players who left the PGA Tour were immediately suspended for jumping ship.
“Honestly, I have a pretty good relationship with most people,” Dunne exclaimed. “These guys had a choice to make, but they made it. That’s it. I’m not going to say anything mean about the guys who have participated in the past.
The move may not come as a big surprise since Dunne was named an independent director to the PGA Tour board just in November upon the exit of Victor Ganzi.
Not all tournaments exclude LIV players. For example, last month Augusta National Golf Club announced that it would include qualified LIV members in its 2023 Masters tournament.
It’s a move that some members of top 9/11 family organizations have opposed because Saudi Arabia supports LIV Golf. Upon Augusta’s announcement, 9/11 Families United threatened to protest the Masters.
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