Players on the PGA Tour have been warned they face an immediate suspension if they sign up to the $1billion Super Golf League.
Players are believed to have been offered in the region of $30m each to join the Saudi Arabia-backed tour, which would involve 40 players taking part in 18 tournaments around the world.
But at Quail Hallow yesterday, PGA Tour players were warned by commissioner Jay Monahan that anyone signing up to the breakaway tour would lose their PGA Tour status with immediate effect, with the threat of a lifetime ban also looming.
European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said: “We are aligned with the PGA Tour in opposing, in the strongest possible terms, any proposal for any alternative golf league. Our two organisations have been working together to make global golf less fractured and not create further division, with the interests of all players and fans at the forefront of our thinking.”
The lucrative series was first mooted last year with the likes of Rory McIlroy approached, although the former world No1 is among those to have rejected initial advances.
Initially labelled the Premier Golf League, it has now re-emerged as Super Golf League with seemingly even greater funds and a greater desire to get the event across the line.