SUGAR GROVE, Ill. Having wrapped up their fifth LIV Golf Invitational Series event on Sunday, LIV golfers now have two weeks before their next tournament destinations, which will see them for the first time in consecutive weeks in Thailand in Saudi Arabia.
But this does not mean that all of them will be inactive.
Several LIV players, including Patrick Reed, Talor Gotsch and Louis Oosthuizen, are in for upcoming events on the DP World Tour of Europe.
One of them is Martin Kaymer, the two-time German champion who decided to skip the BMW BGA Championship last week – as 15 other Leif players competed because All the hostility and anxiety surrounding the participation of LIV golfers.
Kaymer, 37, who has racked up 23 world wins including 11 on what is now called the DP World Tour, said he took the time to train at his home in Jupiter, Florida, and will do so again before the events in Bangkok. Oujda.
Kaymer said at Rich Harvest Farms, where the LIV Golf Invitational Series Chicago event is being held, “That’s good energy, such a good place to play golf at the moment. Until things settle down, I think it’s smart, I think the right thing for me as a person is to get away from all Negative.I really feel we were not welcome.So I don’t know why I should go there.
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“I know I have a right to go there because of my playing state, but I’ve decided to leave the tour for now. Maybe one person got in because I didn’t go in. I’m happy for him. I just wanted to get away from the negativity and this is a good place and good energy at the moment.
There’s no doubting that was lacking for LIV golfers when they ventured outside the friendly confines of their new golf course.
Players like Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel and championship winner Shane Lowry made it clear that they did not feel that those who defected to LIV Golf had to compete in the main tournament of the DP World Tour – or any DP World Tour event.
Although the PGA Tour has suspended and banned LIV players from competing in its events, members of the DP World Tour are allowed to compete pending a court decision scheduled in February.
So Reed is set to compete in this week’s French Open at Le Golf National, the site of the 2018 USA Ryder Cup defeat, along with other LIV players Sam Horsfield, Laurie Canter and Adrian Otaegui, who were not in the LIV Chicago event.
The following week is the Dunhill Links Championships in Scotland, which were held in St Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie. Gooch, Oosthuizen, Canter, Charl Schwartzel, Branden Grace, Peter Uihlein, Shaun Norris, Richard Bland, Jed Morgan and Hennie Du Plessis are scheduled to compete, as well as McIlroy, Horschel and Lowry.
“I just wanted to stay out of it for now,” Kaymer said. “They asked me what I thought, should we be there, shouldn’t we be there. I took care of my own life, my state of mind where I wanted to be. Some guys said it was okay, then turned around and thought the opposite of what they said. I don’t want to be a part. From that. Maybe a year or half a year. I don’t know how long it will take. I think things will settle down.”