According to the UAE-funded DP World Tour, 16 of 17 players have paid their $126,000 fines for competing in the LIV Golf London event last summer without permission.
Spain’s Sergio Garcia was the only player who has not paid.
“Sergio Garcia has not paid his £100,000 ($126,000) fine, nor has he given any indication that he intends to,” the DP World Tour’s statement read. “We will therefore take appropriate action if he continues not to respect the Sport Resolutions panel’s decision.”
Last month, Sport Resolutions, a London-based “independent” arbitration panel, declared that the DP World Tour had the right to fine and suspend its members for participating in LIV Golf’s London event in June 2022.
The DP World Tour said the fines were “imposed for serious breaches of the Tour’s Conflicting Tournament Regulation.”
Garcia, Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood were among four players who resigned from the DP World Tour on Wednesday.
Sports Illustrated’s Bob Harig notes that LIV promised to pay all fines. Thus, Harig is assuming Sergio is simply refusing to pay the fine, even if funded by LIV.
LIV made clear to the players earlier that they would handle any legal issues/fines in the manner the player chose. They did not comment on this specifically but it suggests he did not want to pay it even though LIV would have for him. https://t.co/IHwDzVWN5t
— Bob Harig (@BobHarig) May 4, 2023
“Details of further sanctions for players who breached the Conflicting Tournament Regulation by playing in subsequent conflicting events without a release, will be announced next week,” the DP World Tour statement read.