ADDREY, Ireland – Ian Poulter and two other members of the DP World Tour, who are banned from this week’s Scottish Open, will get their chance to compete at the Renaissance Club.
A judge appointed by Sport Resolutions, a UK-based not-for-profit global arbitrator, has granted residencies to Poulter, Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding that will allow them to play the Scottish Open. According to the release of the European Tour, the stays are “pending the timely decision of the substantive appeals by the Appeals Committee”.
Poulter and 15 other players have been fined nearly $105,000 and banned from playing the Scottish Open, along with two other PGA Tour-sanctioned events (the Barbassol Championship and Barracuda Championship), for violating tournament regulations and playing the first Leaf golf event last month without the required releases. At least one other player, Patrick Reed, was “pulled” from the event after playing in the LIV event last week.
“We are disappointed with the outcome of today’s session, but we will abide by the decision,” DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey said in a statement. “It is important to remember, however, that this is merely a suspension of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players’ appeal on whether those sanctions suitable “.
The Scottish Open field will be increased beyond 156 players to accommodate late entries.
Poulter commented on the matter at Telegraph report published on Sunday. While he was among 16 players who sent a group to DP World headquarters last week to demand that the suspensions be lifted or legal action pursued, he insisted he was acting independently in seeking the order.
“I am disappointed, I am offended, that I stopped playing on a tour of which I was a member for nearly a quarter of a century,” Poulter told The Telegraph. “My commitment to my European Tour ticket has always been to go on and play more events. But I was told I couldn’t, so I am waiting to hear the committee review to see if I can go and play. [in Scotland]. Hopefully we can raise it.”
Poulter added that he doesn’t know the full consequences of playing LIV events.
He claimed, “We knew there was going to be some form of action, but it was never explained to us, and I feel the action they took was very harsh.”