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Golfers suspended by the PGA due to their participation in the breakaway Saudi LIV series have hinted they will pursue legal action in response to the decision.
As reported by Golf Digest, former US Open champion Graeme McDowell has insisted that players have spoken to lawyers and feel they shouldn't be put in a situation where they have to resign from their PGA Tour membership.
'I have spoken to some players,' he revealed. 'We have spoken to the lawyers. We have the LIV legal team which is fantastic. We have our own legal team.
'Some players have decided to resign and try to stay away from any litigation. But some guys believe they shouldn't be in the situation where they have to resign. They don't feel like they are doing anything wrong.'
McDowell resigned his PGA Tour membership just 30 minutes before teeing-off on Thursday.
Ian Poulter, is one of those who feel that he should not resign from the tour and unlike McDowell, has not yet done so.
Graeme McDowell says players have spoken to lawyers over the PGA Tour's decision to suspend members who are taking part in the breakaway Saudi LIV series event this week
A statement by PGA commissioner Jay Monahan was released before the event got underway
Dustin Johnson (left) is among those to resign from their PGA membership while Phil Mickelson (right) who hopes to play at the US Open has not offered his resignation to the Tour
He said: 'I don’t feel like I’ve done anything wrong. I’ve played all over the world for 25 years. I’ve played a lot outside continental Europe.
'This event is no different; it’s the same. I have committed to play just as I have done around the world. It’s a shame if they view this as something that is different. I will appeal for sure.
'Of course, I’m going to appeal. It makes no sense. I’ve played the game all this time with two tour cards that gave me the ability to play all over the world. What’s wrong with that?'
McDowell says some players feel they shouldn't have to resign and have done nothing wrong
Ian Poulter has not offered his resignation to the PGA but has vowed to appeal the decision
The PGA Tour dramatically crashed the opening day of the Saudi breakaway series by immediately suspending its defectors in a major escalation of golf's civil war on Thursday.
In an explosive letter to PGA members, sent within half an hour of the first tee shots at Centurion Club in St Albans, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan declared that 17 players, including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Lee Westwood, Poulter, McDowell and Sergio Garcia, would be banned from their events indefinitely.
The same punishment will apply to players who enter future LIV competitions, with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed expected to join in the coming weeks. LIV responded by calling the Tour