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European chief Keith Perry counterattacks the threat of legal action

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In an intensifying war of words, European tour CEO Keysperry remains punished for ignoring tour restrictions by playingat a Saudi-funded LIV golf event. In one case, he counterattacked 16 players on Friday who threatened to take legal action. ..

The Daily Telegraph has obtained a copy of the letter to the DP World Tour (trade name for the European Tour). On this tour, players requested the cancellation of the fine and were allowed to play at the Scottish Open. Next week.

Lee Westwood of England plays his second shot on the 13th hole during the second round of the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry on May 06, 2022 in Sutton Coldfield, England. 

England's Lee Westwood's second shot on the 13th A hole in the second round of the Bet Fred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at Belfry on May 6, 2022 in Sutton Coldfield, England.  (Photo by Andrew Redington / Getty Images)

Europe Tour fines players who attended the first LIV Golf Event £ 100,000 Did. The event took place outside London the same week as the European Tour event in Sweden, and players did not have the release required by the tour rules.

Tour executives rarely published his criticisms. "There are too many inaccuracies to keep trying," Perry said in the letter.

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Perry said players knew the consequences before choosing to sign up for the Rebel League, and many of them accepted it. He said it is now unreliable for players to be surprised by the punishment.

"This letter states that these players are" deeply concerned "with the DP World Tour," Perry said in a statement. "Analysis of past participation statistics on our tour suggests that some of the key players named are not."

Keith Pelley, CEO of DP World Tour looks on during the pro-am prior to the Magical Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club on March 02, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. 

DP World Tour CEO Keysperry was held on March 2, 2022 in Nairobi, Kenya. Pro-Am before the Magical Kenya Open at Musaiga Golf Club.  (Stuart Franklin / Getty Images)

He said that one player Perry didn't name was six times in the last five. He said he only played Rolex series events. Year. They are designated as the elite event of the European Tourwith the most funding and points.

"Many of them have resigned from their PGA Tour membership, or if they are still members and have been suspended indefinitely," he said.

He also said players are competing for $ 25 million in Oregon in the same week that the Irish Open won a new title sponsor. According to Perry, one of the players at the LIV Golf Event has previously signed a promise to play the Irish Open.

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Scottish Open is the first tournament Co-licensed by the PGA Tour and the European Tour, the 156 Fields will provide an evenly divided $ 8 million wallet for both tours. The Barbasol Championship in Kentucky next week will be attended by 50 European tour players.

According to the telegram, the 16 players who signed the letter included Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia.

Ian Poulter of Majesticks GC tees off on the fifth hole during day two of the LIV Golf Invitational - London at The Centurion Club on June 10, 2022 in St Albans, England. 

Majesticks GC's Ian Poulter tees off LIV on the 5th hole Day 2 of Golf Invitational-At the Centurion Club on June 10, 2022 in St Albans, London.  (Photo by Joe Maher / LIV Golf / Getty Images)

This letter states, "Instead of spending time, energy and economy, resources If you want to offer and focus on appeal, injunctions and proceedings, we ask you, the DP World Tour administrator, to revisit your recent penalties and sanctions. Instead, a better way for DP World. Focus on building a golf match with tour members. "

This letter also criticized the 13-year joint venture with the PGA Tour announced this week. This will allow 10 of Europe's leading tour players to earn PGA Tour Cards. It accused Europe of being willing to become the "second fiddle" of the US tour.

This was the latest example of growing anxiety among the PGA Tour, the European Tour, and the LIV Golf Group run by Greg Norman.

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Earlier this week, Fred Couples Mickelson told Phil, "I don't think I'll ever talk to him again. For what. I'm not on the same boat as him anymore, so I'm probably not going to play golf with him again. I'm not saying it makes sense. We're just on a different trajectory. "