Posted on November 29, 2023 in News.
LIV Golf pays record €1,7m fine for Wiesberger's return to DPWTour
Austrian golfer Bernd Wiesberger, who joined LIV Golf, the circuit supported by Saudi Arabia, in 2022, has decided to make his return to the DP World Tour, the former European Tour, from the 2023 season- 24. But this return was not without costs, since LIV Golf had to pay a fine of 1,5 million pounds (around 1,7 million euros) to the DP World Tour to allow Wiesberger to re-enter the official circuit .
Wiesberger, 38, had signed a contract with the LIFE Golf, a league financed by the Saudi sovereign wealth fund, which promised players the ability to participate in both circuits. But the European Tour won a lawsuit against LIV Golf, asserting that it had the right to exclude players who did not respect membership rules.
Several players, including legends of the Ryder Cup as Lee westwood, Ian Poulter ou Henrik stenson, then resigned from the European circuit to join LIV Golf. But Wiesberger resisted, expressing his desire to play on the European Tour again in 2024.
For this, he had to pay all the sanctions, both financial and sporting, which were imposed on him for having participated in competing events in 2022 and 2023. LIV Golf settled the fine for him, as it committed to this when signing.
“I am happy to announce that I will be focusing entirely on DP World Tour next year, Wiesberger said. I have never resigned my membership and so I am grateful for the opportunity to be able to play a full schedule again. »
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— Bernd Wiesberger (@BWiesberger) November 23, 2023
Wiesberger is exempt from qualifying because he is among the top 40 winners in European Tour history. He won eight tournaments, including the Scottish Open in 2019, and represented Europe at the 2021 Ryder Cup, losing to the United States.
His return shows that there is a path to reintegration for LIV Golf players. However, it is understood that other players would have to pay their own fines, due to the nature of their contracts. But that could change if ongoing negotiations for a merger between the Saudi fund, the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour are successful and new return terms can be agreed.
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