Despite his LIV Golf player status, Richard Bland, who was at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland this week, said DP World Tour boss Keith Pelley has clashed with the opposition League, which is backed by the Public Investment Fund from Saudi Arabia. Arabia had encouraged him to take part in the first event of the LIV Golf Invitational Series in London at the beginning of June…
confessions for the least surprising formulated by Richard Bland during a podcast hosted by the former football player Matthew Le Tissierreports GolfMagic. exiled 49-year-old golfer LIV Golfrevealed a conversation between him and his boss. DP World TourCanadian Keith Pelleya few weeks before the start LIV Golf Invitation Series with Centurion Club (9-11 June), near London.
upstream British Masters (May 5-8) The British had requested an exemption from the European Tour in order to participate in the first LIV Golf tournament in the suburbs of London. Bland justified this by stating that he had been offered – LIV Golf officials – “ The next step in your extremely comfortable life. »
An exception was denied and all members of the DP World Tour at Centurion Club were accompanied by a £100,000 fine, which was eventually paid by LIV Golf.
I would do the same if it were me
From Keith Pelley to Richard Bland
” I had two or three meetings with our CEO, Keith Pelley.Explains Richard Bland. she told me “I would do the same if I were you.” I told him what I was going to do and I think I was quite frank with him and gave him the reasons why I was doing it. It was just for money. I’m not ashamed to say this. Especially not at my age! »
If we’re to believe Bland, statements that completely contradict the same Keith Pelley’s official statements when imposing sanctions on “opposition” players barring them from being in early July. Scottish Open from two jointly approved tournaments at the same time PGA Tour, Barbasole Championship and Barracuda Championship.
Raised Over $500,000 in Three LIV Tournaments
” Those who choose this path (when leaving LIV Golf) He disrespected not only his colleagues, but our Tour, the meritocratic ecosystem of professional golf that has been the foundation of our game for the past fifty years and will be the foundation on which we will build the next fifty years.Keith Pelley warned in an official press release. Their actions are unfair to most of our members and undermine the Tour, which is why we take such action. »
“In Exile” since the DP World Tour, Richard Bland has made a modest $528,000 by participating in the first three tournaments of the LIV Golf Invitational Series. However, he is returning to Northern Ireland this week.ISPS Handa World InvitationalA hybrid tournament co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour. LPGA Tour and Ladies European Tour.
Photo: Oisin Keniry / GETTY IMAGES via Getty Images EUROPE / AFP