Ian Poulter’s European ban overturned in boost for golf LIV series money-chasers

The Scottish Open will have a familiar face in the field after LIV golf dissident Ian Poulter saw his suspension 'temporarily lifted'.

'The Postman' was one of 16 DP World Tour (formerly the European Tour) players banned from the Scottish Open and two other competitions co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour after he joined the Saudi-backed rival. Poulter, 46, was on the start list for LIV Golf's inaugural event in his native Hertfordshire last month before lining up for this past weekend's 54-hole contest in Portland, Oregon.

Rebel players who took part in the rival tournament were fined £100,000, suspended by the PGA and prevented from competing in competitions organised in conjunction with golf's most established body. However, a hearing in front of Sport Resolutions (UK) on Monday resulted in a temporary reprieve from said ban 'pending determination of their substantive appeals'.

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Adrian Otaegui and Justin Harding have also been cleared to compete at the Renaissance Club in North Berwick, where the Scottish Open will get underway Thursday. Poulter took part in the JP McManus Pro-Am in Limerick this past weekend, where DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley expressed regret at the ruling.

"I will simply say we are disappointed by the outcome of today's hearing, but will abide by the decision" said Pelley. "It is important to remember, however, this is only a stay of the sanctions imposed, pending the hearing of the players' appeal as to whether those sanctions were appropriate."

He went on to confirm the size of the field at the Scottish Open will increase beyond its usual 156-player capacity as a result of the late additions. Speaking to BBC Sport this past weekend, Poulter said he was "fighting for his right to play golf."

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"My commitment to the European Tour has been there since day one," he said. "And it's still there today. I'm proud of playing so often, when it was to the detriment of world ranking points and FedEx Cup points I could have earned playing more in America."

Poulter is currently ranked 100th in the world and has 12 DP World Tour wins under his belt to date. That being said, he hasn't won on the European circuit since clinching the WGC-HSBC Champions crown in November 2012.

Players joining the LIV Golf Invitational Series have faced criticism for prioritising money above morals, with the competition considered by many to be an attempt at 'sportswashing' on Saudi Arabia's behalf. Poulter squirmed under pressure from journalists at the inaugural LIV event and refused to answer questions when asked if there was anywhere he would not play, as long as the "money was right."

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