Lee Westwood is accused of ‘upsetting’ his staff by head of the DP World Tour

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Lee Westwood is accused of ‘upsetting’ his staff by head of the DP World Tour – after Saudi rebel said the European circuit had been spreading anti-LIV ‘propaganda’

  • Lee Westwood has been accused of ‘upsetting’ the DP World Tour staff
  • He claimed he European circuit has been spreading anti-LIV ‘propaganda’
  • Tensions are high ahead of the five-day arbitration hearing from February 6  

The head of the DP World Tour has accused Lee Westwood of ‘upsetting’ his staff after the Englishman claimed the European circuit has been spreading anti-LIV ‘propaganda’.

Tensions in golf’s civil war have continued to escalate ahead of the five-day arbitration hearing from February 6 that will determine if the Tour is allowed to suspend golfers from LIV.

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Speaking last week, European veteran-turned-rebel Westwood fired a series of criticisms about the deteriorating strength of DP World Tour fields and referenced a recent memo from the circuit that he described as ‘propaganda aimed at stoking up tensions between players who aren’t with LIV against those who are with LIV. 

The head of the DP World Tour has accused Lee Westwood (above) of ‘upsetting’ his staff

Westwood was heard saying: ‘There has been no animosity to me from other players. It’s only come from one place [the tour].’

In a retort ahead of this week’s Dubai Desert Classic, Keith Pelley, the CEO of the DP World Tour, said: ‘You can see the level of tournament now and we have raised the bar in every single tournament especially in the Middle East. That’s important.

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‘Last night we had a function and it was staggering how many people came up to me to say they were disappointed with the comments made by a player this week and it was unfair to the staff. I found that really interesting. I wasn’t quite aware about how upset the staff were as well.’

The Englishman claimed the European circuit has been spreading anti-LIV 'propaganda'

The Englishman claimed the European circuit has been spreading anti-LIV ‘propaganda’

Tensions in golf's civil war have continued to escalate ahead of the five-day arbitration hearing from February 6 that will determine if the Tour is allowed to suspend golfers from LIV

Tensions in golf’s civil war have continued to escalate ahead of the five-day arbitration hearing from February 6 that will determine if the Tour is allowed to suspend golfers from LIV

Next month’s hearing before a three-person panel, convened by Sports Resolutions, will be a key staging post in the LIV row, with the DP World Tour specifically defending their ‘conflicting event release’ regulation, which was used to sanction golfers who crossed over to play LIV tournaments, including Westwood, Ian Poulter and Sergio Garcia. 

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Initially 16 LIV golfers were part of the legal battle against the European circuit, but Pelley confirmed Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace have withdrawn from the battle.

It remains unclear what ramifications will come from the hearing in terms of Ryder Cup selection, though Pelley confirmed Garcia would be eligible in any outcome despite not playing enough events because of his honorary membership of the tour.

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