Branden Grace, a recent LIV Golf Series winner, has been added to the field

Branden Grace, a recent LIV Golf Series winner, has been added to the field
Source: Skysports

LIV Golf Series: Branden Grace, a recent LIV Golf Invitational Series winner, is one of four DP World Tour players from the Saudi-backed circuit who have been added to the field for this week’s Genesis Scottish Open.

Members of the DP World Tour who competed in the first LIV Golf tournament at the Centurion Club were initially fined £100,000 and barred from this week’s event co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour, which was suspended its members indefinitely for competing on the rival tour.

Suspensions were temporarily lifted after a hearing before Sport Resolutions (UK) on Monday, with the DP World Tour issuing a statement confirming Ian Poulter, Adrian Otaegui, and Justin Harding would be able to play at The Renaissance Club.

The draw was released on Tuesday, ahead of the event’s start on Thursday, with Grace – also a DP World Tour member – named as the fourth LIV Golf member among an expanded 160-man field.

The quartet will be sent out in two balls and as the first groups on either side of the draw, with Harding and Otaegui out first on Thursday at 7.15am and Poulter and Grace out first on Friday at the same time.

Grace was a member of the Stinger Team, which won the team competition at the inaugural event in England, before winning the individual competition by two shots and taking home $4 million at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in Portland.

Poulter’s ‘correct decision to appeal’

Poulter believes he had no choice but to appeal the fine and ban imposed on DP World Tour players, and the Englishman is unconcerned about the reaction of other players.

“I feel pretty good,” Poulter said at the JP McManus Pro-Am. “I feel like it was the right decision and I’m looking forward to the week.

“The locker room is people I play against week in and week out, and if they object, that’s up to those guys. I’ve had no issues with any of the players. I saw Rory (McIlroy) this week and we talked, and I saw Thomas (Bjorn) and we disagreed, but we’re still friends, which is nice.

“When you’ve been playing golf with these players for a long time, it’s strictly a business decision; it’s not a personal decision that needs to get in the way of friendships, and I consider pretty much everyone on Tour to be a friend.

“I wouldn’t have appealed if I didn’t think it was the right thing to do. I don’t feel I have done anything different to how I’ve played golf over the last 24 years. I’m not going to sit back when I feel that it’s slightly unjust.”

This week’s Genesis Scottish Open will feature the most competitive DP World Tour field in its history, with 14 of the world’s top 15 set to compete at The Renaissance Club in North Berwick.

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