CHARLOTTE, NC – Players not in Trevor Immelman’s international team room this week at the Presidents Cup dominated much of the conversation Tuesday at the Quail Hollow Club.
Specifically, Immelman came under pressure on Louis Oosthuizen, a staple of previous international teams who was deemed ineligible for this year’s competition after losing the PGA Tour to the Saudi-backed LIV golf league.
Unlike some of the players who joined LIV, Oosthuizen gave up his Tour membership when he joined the rogue circuit and did not join an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour, prompting some to question why he wasn’t. eligible for the event that does not require an international Player to be a member of the Tour.
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“I understand that he made private advertisements and allowed them to use him in different marketing campaigns and advertisements once he was not given [a conflicting-event release] on the PGA Tour, and he did all of those things before he resigned his membership,” Immelman explained. “There were still particular violations there.”
More broadly, Immelman, whose team would have listed Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann as automatic qualifiers for this week’s games and Marc Leishman, Carlos Ortiz, Abraham Ancer and Branden Grace as possible captain picks, had they not joined LIV Golf said players should not have been surprised by the Tour’s penalties and suspensions.
“Every player I spoke to early on in this process knew exactly what the situation and the consequences would be. They knew that if they made certain decisions, it would be very unlikely that they would be able to represent the international team,” Immelman said. “That entered into their decision-making process. All the cards were on the table and everyone knew where they were.”