It is 07:08 on Thursday morning at St. Andrews and Ian Poulter is planted on the first tee. Poults is an idol of the British crowd. Or reasonably, not less than for a lot of, he was, already up to now. As a result of The Postman (‘El Cartero’, as he’s identified within the islands) was booed throughout his presentation by a part of the spectators gathered on the first gap of the Previous Course.

A response related, after all, along with his signing for the LIV, the brand new circuit watered with Saudi Arabian petrodollars that has challenged the traditional gear of golf, and that Poulter had issue managing at first: his first shot virtually went off the bounds of the sphere, though he closed the course with -3, monstrous putt for eagle within the ninth by means of.

Ian Poulter, outcomes

The schism that has divided the game may be very a lot in proof today in Scotland. It’s palpable in statements similar to these of Tiger Woods, who believes that the ‘fugitives’ “have mainly turned their backs on the group that has allowed them to be the place they’re.”

Or within the exclusion of Greg Norman, two-time champion, from the celebrations of the one hundred and fiftieth version. Or within the tee occasions and pairings for the primary spherical, with everybody grouped within the first video games, virtually as opening act. All this, after the LIV has requested that its tournaments distribute world rating factors, one thing mandatory in order that its golfers can proceed to get a spot within the majors.

That’s the greatest problem going through the tremendous league proper now because it tries to go head-to-head with the PGA and DP World Tour. The OWGR’s board of administrators met for the primary time to debate the problem on Tuesday. The LIV has the help of the Asian Tour, which is already a part of the system, within the utility, a sine qua non situation to have choices to be accepted.

The board contains, amongst others, Jay Monahan, Keith Pelley, Mike Whan, Seth Waugh and Martin Slumbers, heads of the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, USGA, PGA of America and R&A respectively. They’re all organizations which can be completely against the brand new experiment.

In reality, Slumbers attacked LIV this Wednesday at his press convention in St. Andrews previous to the beginning of the British Open. “Skilled golfers have the suitable to decide on the place they play and settle for the cash they’re provided.

There isn’t any drawback with that. However there isn’t a such factor as a free lunch both,” he famous earlier than opening the door to adjustments to the qualifying standards for the British main. That’s exactly the opposite nice risk to the brand new collection: the likelihood that the majors tighten their rules to make it tough for the ‘rebels’ to enter.

Slumbers by no means spoke of a veto. Furthermore, he assured that “it isn’t on the agenda.” What does seem in it’s “a assessment of the exemptions and the qualification course of” for the Open. “We completely reserve the suitable to make any adjustments our committee deems applicable.

Gamers should earn their place and that’s elementary in our ethics and world heritage”, he asserted. “I feel the mannequin we have seen at Centurion and Pumpkin Ridge (the programs which have hosted the 2 LIV tournaments performed to date) is just not in the perfect long-term curiosity of our sport and is solely based mostly on cash.

We imagine it undermines the meritocratic tradition and spirit of open competitors that makes golf such a particular sport. I might additionally wish to say that the continual feedback about rising the sport are merely not credible and, if something, all of that is damaging the notion of this sport, which we work laborious to enhance, ”Slumbers accomplished his frontal offensive in opposition to the enemy, which will increase the distances between sides within the absence of what occurs with the world rating.

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