Golf’s LIV civil war intensifies as Paul McGinley PRESSES on Twitter

LIV Gulf civil war heats up as Paul McGinley slammed by fellow DP World Tour player on Twitter ‘

  • 17 LIV golfers play the DP World Tour event in Wentworth this week
  • Paul McGinley said that the LIV players are not welcome in DP tournaments
  • Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, a DP player, planned McGinley’s remarks on Twitter

The Gulf civil war intensified on Sunday when Spanish golfer Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano blasted former Ryder Cup captain Paul McGinley for saying DP World Tour players didn’t want to play with LIV Golf members.

Fernandez-Castano plays the DP World Tour, the circuit that will host 17 LIV players this week in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

McGinley is now a DP World Tour board member, having won the Ryder Cup six times in his career as a player, vice-captain and captain.

Prior to Wentworth, McGinley gave an interview to the Sunday Times in which he claimed “nobody (DP World Tour players) want the LIV guys in our tournaments”.

But that doesn’t seem entirely true. Responding to McGinley’s words on Twitter on Sunday, Fernandez-Castano tweeted a picture of McGinley’s interview with the quote and said: “Please do not speak on behalf of all members @mcginleygolf.

“I have absolutely no problem with the @LIVGolf players playing on the @DPWorldTour.”

Paul McGinley was criticized by another DP World Tour player for his comments on LIV Golf

Paul McGinley was criticized by another DP World Tour player for his comments on LIV Golf

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano said he has no problem with LIV players at DP Tour events

Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano said he has no problem with LIV players at DP Tour events

Fernandez-Castano told McGinley on Twitter not to speak for all DP Tour players

Fernandez-Castano told McGinley on Twitter not to speak for all DP Tour players

Fernandez-Castano was retweeted by Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, two of the leading golfers to sign up for the Saudi-backed LIV circuit.

McGinley later responded to Fernandez-Castano on Twitter, saying: “Gonzalo makes a good point. I should have been more precise and clear in that particular quote.

“It should have read ‘every player past and present I’ve spoken to’.” Apparently he wasn’t someone I had spoken to;

McGinley made his feelings for LIV unmistakably clear in his Times interview.

“It breaks my heart because I have an emotional connection with each of these (LIV) players,” McGinley said. “I’ll see (Ian) Poulter and shake hands with Wentworth, same with Westwood and all the guys I shared team rooms with. This bond will never be broken. But you know, definitely, we’re on different sides now.

“The key to the anger of the ordinary non-LIV members of the DP World Tour is that these guys who took the big bucks from LIV think they have the right to come back and take the seats of players who support ours touring week after week

“The LIV players don’t come for the €2m or €3m tournaments in the Czech Republic or Switzerland, but they do come for the £6m tournament at Wentworth. That led to a lot of resentment. keith [Pelley – DP World Tour CEO] spoke to practically every one of our players. Nobody wants the LIV boys in our tournaments.’

Wentworth starts Thursday in England with one of LIV’s most ardent critics, Rory McIlroy, the leading player in the field.

Players like Lee Westwood (second from left) and Ian Poulter (second from right) play the LIV Tour

Players like Lee Westwood (second from left) and Ian Poulter (second from right) play the LIV Tour

Rory McIlroy, like McGinley, was a harsh critic of LIV's impact on the game of golf

Rory McIlroy, like McGinley, was a harsh critic of LIV’s impact on the game of golf

McIlroy has also slammed the LIV players returning to a DP event, saying last week: “I hate what it (LIV) is doing to the game of golf. I hate it. I really do.

“It’s going to be hard for me to go to Wentworth in a couple of weeks and see 18 of them there. It just doesn’t suit me.”

US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick echoed McIlroy’s sentiments, saying: “It’s going to be strange to see certain people obviously at Wentworth. T

“It’s going to be a little weird and obviously a little disappointing. But they won their little thing.

“It will be interesting to see what happens. Obviously they are [the DP World Tour] not quite as strong as the PGA Tour in terms of regulations or whatever. Yeah I guess we’ll just have to see how it goes.”

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Andrew Kugle

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