伊恩-保爾特LIV高爾夫球員對蘇格蘭公開賽禁令採取法律行動

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伊恩-保爾特LIV高爾夫球員對蘇格蘭公開賽禁令採取法律行動

伊恩-保爾特說他正在 "為自己打高爾夫球的權利而戰",並確認他正在對自己被禁止參加本周的蘇格蘭公開賽採取法律行動。

但總部設在歐洲的DP世界巡迴賽禁止保爾特和其他15名球員參賽,因為他們加入了沙特資助的LIV高爾夫邀請賽系列。

"他說:"我對歐巡賽的承諾從第一天起就在那裡了。

"而且它今天仍然在那裡。我為如此頻繁地打球而感到自豪,而這是對世界排名積分和聯邦快遞杯積分的損害,我本來可以在美國打更多的比賽。"

保爾特也是因簽署LIV項目而被美巡賽無限期停賽的人之一。周四在東洛錫安的文藝復興俱樂部開始的創世紀蘇格蘭公開賽,是美國巡迴賽和DP世界巡迴賽共同認可的。

"保爾特告訴BBC體育說:"我感到很失望,我被暫停在我打了24年的巡迴賽上打高爾夫,這讓我感到很不舒服。

"我正在等待一個小組的審查,希望在接下來的24小時內,看看我是否能被允許在蘇格蘭打球。

"我相信我的管理團隊已經把它提交給一個獨立的小組來審查,但我不知道所有的螺母和螺栓 - 我打高爾夫球,我把這些東西留給我的管理層。

"希望我們能解除禁令。"

球員們在打完開幕的LIV賽事後被禁賽,這些賽事是54洞的獵槍式開始的比賽。第一場是上個月在赫特福德郡的百夫長俱樂部舉行的,第二場是上周在俄勒岡州的波特蘭舉行的。

PGA和DP世界巡迴賽拒絕了允許其球員參加這些價值2500萬美元(2000萬英鎊)的比賽的豁免書。包括保爾特在內的許多人都與LIV高爾夫公司簽訂了有利可圖的合同。

在上周五發布的一份聲明中,DP世界巡迴賽老闆Keith Pelley說。"在加入LIV高爾夫之前,球員們知道如果他們選擇金錢而不是比賽,將會有後果。

"他們中的許多人當時都理解並接受了這一點。的確,正如一位球員在今年早些時候接受媒體採訪時所說,'如果他們禁止我,他們就禁止我'。

"現在有些人對我們所採取的行動感到驚訝,這是不可信的。"

除了被禁止參加蘇格蘭公開賽之外,參加開幕式的歐巡賽叛徒們還被處以10萬英鎊的罰款。保爾特希望及時推翻禁賽令,以便能夠在本周四在蘇格蘭開球。

"我已經自己採取了這個行動,因為我想在這周打球,"他說。"如果人們想在此基礎上進來,那麼好吧。但是我在為我打高爾夫的權利而戰。

"我們不知道為LIV打球會有什麼後果。我們知道會有某種形式的行動,但從未向我們說明,我覺得他們採取的行動太嚴重了。

"我被允許在日本、韓國,事實上是在世界各地打球,沒有受到任何制裁。有一年我甚至錯過了溫特沃斯的比賽,去打殖民地球場。那是可以的。但是現在不行了。

"因為我對高爾夫的承諾,我已經錯過了看到我的孩子長大,邁出他們的第一步,以及許多其他的家庭時刻。

"現在我有機會花更多的時間在家裡,並且賺很多錢--在46歲的時候,這個遊戲並沒有變得更容易,所以我為什麼不抓住它?"


Ian Poulter says he is "fighting for his right to play golf" and confirmed he is taking legal action against his ban from this week's Scottish Open.

But the European-based DP World Tour has barred Poulter and 15 other players because they have joined the Saudi-funded LIV Golf Invitational series.

"My commitment to the European Tour has been there since day one," he said.

"And it's still there today. I'm proud of playing so often, when it was to the detriment of world ranking points and FedEx Cup points I could have earned playing more in America."

Poulter is also among those who have been indefinitely suspended by the PGA Tour for signing up to the LIV project. The Genesis Scottish Open, which starts at the Renaissance Club in East Lothian on Thursday, is co-sanctioned between the American circuit and the DP World Tour.

"I feel disappointed, and offended that I've been suspended from playing golf on a Tour that I've played for 24 years," Poulter told BBC Sport.

"I'm waiting to hear a panel's review, hopefully in the next 24 hours, to see if I am going to be allowed to play in Scotland.

"I believe my management team have taken it to an independent panel to review it, but I don't know all the nuts and bolts - I play the golf, and I leave that stuff to my management.

"Hopefully we can get the ban lifted."

Players have been suspended after playing the opening LIV events which are 54-hole shotgun start tournaments. The first was staged at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire last month and the second was held in Portland, Oregon last week.

The PGA and DP World Tours refused waivers giving permission to their players to compete in these $25m (£20m) tournaments. Many, including Poulter, have signed lucrative contracts with LIV Golf.

In a statement released last Friday, DP World Tour boss Keith Pelley said: "Before joining LIV Golf, players knew there would be consequences if they chose money over competition.

"Many of them at the time understood and accepted that. Indeed, as one player said in a media interview earlier this year, 'If they ban me, they ban me'.

"It is not credible that some are now surprised with the actions we have taken."

As well as being banned from the Scottish Open, the European Tour rebels who played the opening event were hit with £100,000 fines. Poulter wants the suspension overturned in time to be able to tee it up in Scotland this Thursday.

"I've taken that action by myself, because I want to play this week," he said. "If people want to come in on the back of that, then fine. But I'm fighting for my right to play golf.

"We didn't know what the consequences of playing for LIV would be. We knew there would be some form of action, but it was never spelled out to us, and I feel the action they have taken is too severe.

"I've been allowed to play in Japan, in Korea, all over the world in fact, without any sanctions. I even missed Wentworth one year to play Colonial. That was OK. But this isn't.

"Because of my commitment to golf I've missed seeing my kids grow up, take their first steps, and many other family moments.

"Now I've got the chance to spend a lot more time at home, and earn a lot of money - and at 46, the game isn't getting easier, so why wouldn't I take it?"

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