London : The European tour was within its rights to sanction members who competed on the Sau di – funded LIV Golf without permission , an independent tribunal ruled Thursday .
An appeal panel at Sports Resolutions found that a number of players , including Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood , committed ” serious breaches ” of the European tour’s code of behaviour by playing in LIV Golf events last year despite re quests to be released having been refused . The ruling allows the Euro- peen tour to impose fines of 100,000 pounds ( $ 125,000 ) on players who competed in the rival league without a conflicting events release .
Keith Pelley , the European tour chief executive , welcomed the tribunal’s decision .
It was the first court decision since LIV Golf began in June , and will likely mean Westwood , Poulter , Sergio Garcia and others will resign their European tour membership . The ruling is likely to provide clear definition for Europe in the Ryder Cup in terms of who could qualify or even play against the United States in Rome in September .
The tour imposed the fine on members competing at the inaugural LIV event at the Centurion Club last June and suspended them from the Scottish Open . Poulter , Adrian Itagui and Justin Harding appealed , allowing LIV players to compete in European tour events .