PGA Tour suspends participants from LIV golf, US Open odds not affected

Posted: June 9, 2022, 9:49 a.m.

Last update: June 9, 2022, 9:59 a.m.

The PGA Tour today announced the serious consequences of its members’ decision to test the waters of LIV Golf and participate in the new Saudi-funded professional golf circuit.

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Phil Mickelson practices on the driving range of the LIV Golf Invitational London at the Centurion Club. The PGA Tour announced today that any member attending a LIV Golf event is suspended from the Tour, effective immediately. (Image: Getty)

PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said today that each of the 17 Tour members playing this week in London at LIV Golf’s inaugural event have been suspended from participating in Tour-sanctioned tournaments.

“These players made their choice for their own financial reasons,” Monahan wrote in a note to members. “But they can’t demand the same PGA Tour membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform that you do.

This expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners. You’ve made a different choice, which is to abide by the tournament rules you agreed to when you achieved the dream of winning a PGA TOUR card and, more importantly, competing in the preeminent organization in the world of professional golf, Monahan continued.

Dustin Johnson, ranked 15th on the current Official World Golf Rankings, is the highest ranked golfer to skip the Tour for LIV Golf. DJ, winner of the 2016 US Open and 2020 Masters, has resigned from his PGA Tour membership announcing his intention to play full-time on the LIV Golf Tour.

US Open not impacted

The PGA Tour is in Canada this week for the RBC Canadian Open. But golf bettors are more focused on next week’s US Open. As the PGA Tour suspends its 17 members playing at the LIV Golf Invitational London, the USGA – which organizes and manages the US Open – has said players exempted for golf’s third major tournament of the year will be allowed to participate .

“In terms of players who might choose to play in London this week, we simply asked ourselves this question: should a player who had qualified for the US Open 2022, via our published field criteria, be removed from the field as a result of his decision to play in another event? And we have ultimately decided that they should not,” a statement from the USGA explained.

This means the odds for the US Open at Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts will not be affected. Johnson remains a 30/1 betting favorite to win his second national championship.

Other LIV players who will play at the US Open include Phil Mickelson (250/1), Sergio Garcia (150/1), Talor Gooch (125/1) and Lee Westwood (125/1). World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler has the shortest US Open odds at 12/1.

More defectors expected

The announcement of the suspension from the PGA Tour of those who participate in LIV Golf comes as several other high-profile names are expected to announce their participation in future LIV events.

The list is headlined by 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed. DeChambeau is 50/1 to win the US Open. Reed is 60/1.

Legal sportsbooks in the US have opened up queues ahead of the first of three rounds of today’s LIV Golf London Invitational. Johnson is the betting favorite at 5/1.

BetMGM says 26% of the money wagered on LIV’s opening tournament is on DJ. It is also on more than 17% of ticket slips to create the largest book liability.