Although “everyone has the right to do whatever they want”, Justin Thomas hopes the PGA Tour’s decision to refuse the London LIV event version will prevent players from going

McKinney, Texas – With players facing a potential suspension and/or life ban, Justin Thomas is hoping the PGA Tour’s decision to reject conflicting event versions for the first event of the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series will prevent players from going to London this month. Next.

“I hope it deters them from going there,” Thomas said Wednesday during a press conference ahead of AT&T Byron Nelson this week at TPC Craig Ranch.

“I suspect [PGA commissioner Jay Monahan] Explain from the start what will happen. I think a lot of people would probably like, “I can’t believe you did this,” or “Wow, I’ve been through this.” But that’s what he said would happen all the time. And yes, it’s one of those things where he doesn’t want a competitive round, back and forth. ”

On Tuesday, the PGA Tour sent players a note, refusing to release anyone who wants to compete in the first LIV Golf Invitational Series event, scheduled for June 9-11 at the Centurion Club outside London. The tournament contrasts with the RBC Canadian Open, which takes place that week in Ontario.

Due to the conflicting event, any PGA Tour player will need a version of the PGA Tour to play in London. Those who competed in London without one would face discipline.

Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Lee Westwood were among the players who requested their release.

“It’s like, ‘Look, if you want to go, go,'” Thomas said. “There were a lot of guys who advocated for it and they talked about it all the time, and there were guys behind the scenes saying, ‘I’m going, I’m doing this.'” ‘ And like everything, like, just go then.

“Like, stop going back and forth or as you say you’re going to do. Everyone has a right to do whatever they want, you know what I mean? Like if I wanted to go play that tour, I could go play that tour. But I’m loyal to the PGA Tour and I’ve said that.”

World number one Scottie Scheffler said protecting the PGA Tour, tournaments and sponsors is the right thing for the Tour to do.

“I think the first thing I thought of was I kind of understood that this was something that was going to happen,” he said. “If you’re playing here on the PGA Tour, playing in something that could be a competition series for the PGA Tour, being a member of our tour, that’s definitely not something we want our membership to do because it’s going to hurt the tournament we have in exchange for that.”

Will Zlatori, who is currently ranked 28th in the world, also agreed with the tour’s decision.

“I thought it was the perfect response from the Tour,” said Zalatores, a member of the players’ advisory board. “The Tour is in the best place it’s ever been, and it’s only going to get better, and why would we encourage our players to get versions of those events when we basically have all these sponsors coming into the Tour and they’re just doing it better and better?

“So we’re trying to promote the best product we can have, and if you want to be a part of this where things get better, you don’t have to have both ways. You have a choice. You really do. You can go if you want to, but This is what it is.”

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