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PGA Tour suspends biggest names in the game



The PGA Tour is set to suspend 17 members, who are currently competing in the rival golfing event, the Saudi Arabia LIV Golf Series

The PGA has moved to ban members from competing in the LIV Golf Series, citing violations of Tournament rules.

The players allegedly violated Tournament regulations by not completing the required release rights.

The major ban impacts a number of world champions including Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, and Dustin Johnson.

Meaning their participation in the Saudi Arabia event conflicts with the PGA tour.

The PGA released a letter to its members saying the players had willfully violated its tour.

“These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons, but they can’t demand the same PGA TOUR membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners. You have made a different choice, which is to abide by the Tournament Regulations you agreed to when you accomplished the dream of earning a PGA TOUR card and, more importantly, to compete as part of the preeminent organization in the world of professional golf…

The players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons. But they can’t demand the same PGA TOUR membership benefits”

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan memo to members
PGA letter to members
Golf – The inaugural LIV Golf Invitational – Centurion Club, St Albans, Britain – June 8, 2022 Team Hy Flyers Phil Mickelson of the U.S. during a press conference Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

The LIV Golf series is backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, a sovereign wealth fund.

The Tournament has pledged to award $250 million in total prize money, with the money being shared between the top three winning teams at the end of the week.

The final 12 teams had been announced with the first event set to kick off in London.

LIV Golf quickly hit back at PGA’s announcement.

Today’s announcement by the PGA Tour is vindictive and it deepens the divide between the Tour and its members.This certainly is not the last word on this topic. The era of free agency is beginning as we are proud to have a full field of players joining us in London, and beyond.”

LIV Golf tournament
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Golfers impacted by the ban have also hit back at the ban and plan to appeal the decision.

“Of course I’m going to appeal. It makes no sense,” Poulter said. “I’ve always had the ability to play golf all around the world. What’s wrong with that? I haven’t done anything wrong. How many which ways do you want to cut that? I’ve don’t know many different events I’ve played around the world on different circuits. I’ve played the Asian Tour, the Japanese Tour. I’ve played in China, in South Africa. I’ve played everywhere, the game of golf that I love. They’re going take that opportunity away? That’s disappointing.”

Ian Poulter

Now, further investigations will be underway to see if the members will ever be able to return to future PGA tours.

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Fans swamp Argentine restaurant to see Lionel Messi



The footballer needed a police escort to leave the venue

A steakhouse in Buenos Aires was mobbed by hundreds of fans who wanted to get a glimpse of their favourite football megastar.

People rushed to the exclusive Don Julio restaurant eager to get a glimpse of the man who led Argentina to its third World Cup title.

Messi eventually needed a police escort to leave.

Fans on the street corner chanted his name as police officers accompanied the 35-year-old to his vehicle while keeping fans at bay.

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World Athletics bans transgender women in female category events



Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions

World Athletics has banned transgender women from competing in the female category at international events.

Any transgender athlete, who has gone through male puberty, won’t be allowed to compete in female world ranking competitions.

The governing body’s President says the decision was guided by the principle to protect the female category.

“Decisions are always difficult when they involve conflicting needs and rights between different groups, but we continue to take the view that we must maintain fairness for female athletes above all other considerations,” said Lord Coe.

“We will be guided in this by the science around physical performance and male advantage which will inevitably develop over the coming years.

“As more evidence becomes available, we will review our position, but we believe the integrity of the female category in athletics is paramount.”

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Goalkeeper Leandro Requena scores longest range goal of all-time



The ball travelled 101 metres, if it is ratified by Guinness World Records

Argentine goalkeeper Leandro Requena has scored one of the longest-range goals of all-time.

With his Cobresal team leading 2-0 in the 77th minute against Colo-Colo in the Chilean football league, Requena took a goal kick.

Colo-Colo goalkeeper Brayan Cortes was well outside of his penalty area, and the ball bounced over his head and towards goal.

Cortes stumbled as he tried in vain to chase the ball as it crossed the line.

If the goal is ratified by Guinness World Records, it would break the record for the longest range goal in history.

The current record is 96.01 metres, set by Tom King in 2021 during a match between Newport County and Cheltenham Town in England’s fourth tier.

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