“Never say never,” LIV Golfer Ian Poulter set sights on DRAMATIC return to DP World Tour following golf merger
Veteran golfer Ian Poulter has expressed the desire to rejoin the DP World Tour after leaving the circuit and joining LIV Golf.
Ian Poulter (Pic Credit: Reuters)
As the future of golf remains uncertain, the players have started to wonder what’s next in line for them. The golf merger between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has been the reason for this deep thinking. Veteran golfer Ian Poulter has now expressed that he is open to rejoining the DP World Tour.
The 47-year-old Englishmen has been one of the stalwarts of the European scene. He has spent the majority of his career on the DP World Tour circuit while making a name for himself. However, since his move to LIV Golf, there have been questions regarding this.
Poulter was one of the big misses for Team Europe at the 2023 Ryder Cup. He along with Lee Westwood and Sergio Garcia had resigned from their membership due to the heavy fines imposed on them for joining LIV Golf. This meant this players were unable to represent their team this time around.
“As it stands right now I wouldn’t, but let’s wait and see the details,” Poulter said to Bunkered.co when asked about re-applying for the membership. “Never say never. I played my whole career on the European Tour, I’ve never missed a year… If it works out right for everybody, then I certainly will rejoin,” he further added. As per the framework agreement, LIV Golfers will be given a chance to reapply to their previous tour.
Ian Poulter welcomes decision of golf merger as he eyes return to DP World Tour
The announcement regarding the golf merger in June took everyone by surprise. The golfing community would go into a frenzy as the PGA Tour and DP World Tour agreed to work together with LIV Golf. This news has since settled in with various points of development being released from time to time. Ian Poulter has now welcomed this decision.
The co-captain of Majesticks GC at LIV Golf, Poulter claimed this was perhaps the right move for the betterment of the sport. “It’s good that the powers within the game of golf have realized that they perhaps need to try and work together,” he mentioned. The three-time PGA Tour winner though added that whether the merger will go through in the first place also remains to be seen.
While the deal and agreement are in place, the merger has not been fully finalized yet. The PGA Tour and the other bodies involved in this have time till December 31, 2023, to finalize it and bring it into action. As the days come by rapidly, there could be a few more memos and notes being released in the upcoming days or weeks.
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