Trevor Immelman has revealed that he had to drop Louis Oosthuizen from his international squad to face the United States in this week’s Presidents Cup because the South African was featured on posters and on the website advertising the 20 million dollar launch event. sterling from the LIV rebel series in Hertfordshire. in June.
The international team was already considered a rank outsider against the Americans, but Immelman has been told by the PGA Tour that he cannot select the 2010 Open champion because Oosthuizen has contravened one of its little-known regulations.
The reason given, Immelman said, “is that Louis did particular advertisements and allowed himself to be used in different marketing campaigns and advertisements once he didn’t receive release from the PGA Tour, and he did all of those things before he resigned his membership.” So there were still particular infractions there.”
Telegraph Sport understands there is unease in sections of the international hierarchy that Sawgrass HQ insisted that Immelman could not pick any LIV rebels, including those like Oosthuizen, 39, who gave up his Tour membership before being banned from playing in Saudi Arabia. -financed circuit.
Immelman has seen his team greatly weakened with the jump of World No. 3 Cam Smith, along with World No. 21 Joaquin Niemann, World No. 24 Abraham Ancer and experienced campaigns like Marc Leishman and Charl Schwartzel.
However, it is Oosthuizen who Immelman claims he will miss the most in Charlotte, North Carolina, as the Rest of the World (minus Europe) team tries to beat the United States for the first time in nine games and for the second time since The clone of the Ryder Cup was first played 28 years ago.
‘Louis is a huge loss on and off the pitch’
“It hurts us immensely,” Immelman said. “Luis [was an] integral part of the international team. He has so much experience and he still has what it takes to compete at the highest level, under the most pressure. Beyond the way he plays, he is one of the leaders in the locker room. It’s a huge loss on and off the pitch.”
For his part, Oosthuizen has been disconcerted by the failure of the Tour. “I thought by giving up my membership before I did something really bad… well, there’s no rule that says I have to be a member of the PGA Tour to play the Presidents Cup, especially as a player on an international team,” he said. “It’s a punch to the stomach.”
It is not the first time that Oosthuizen has faced the Tour for the Presidents Cup. In 2015, the 2010 Open champion threatened to lead a boycott unless the Tour reduced the number of points at stake from 34 to 30, giving underdogs a chance to bench their weakest players. The Tour reluctantly agreed, but there has still been a burning feeling that Americans shouldn’t decide how the international team chooses its dozen.
After the final match, a 16-14 USA win, Ernie Els, then-captain of the internationals, declared, “I know it’s a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, but… we have to be apart, make our own rules, make our own decisions.
If the bookies are right and it’s a resounding win for the home team, expect the international reaction to mount. “We need to be able to control our own destiny,” Els said.