The PGA Tour has wasted no time in punishing players who have chosen to compete in the new rival golf tour. On the day of the very first LIV Golf event, 17 players have been suspended by the PGA Tour.

The LIV Golf field for Thursday’s event at Centurion Club near London features some of the PGA’s top players. Those players are no longer eligible to play in PGA Tour events, including the Presidents Cup, as well as tours sanctioned by the PGA Tour.

"These players have made their choice for their own financial-based reasons," PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan wrote in a memo to players. "But they can't demand the same PGA TOUR membership benefits, considerations, opportunities and platform as you. That expectation disrespects you, our fans and our partners. You have made a different choice, which is to abide by the Tournament Regulations you agreed to when you accomplished the dream of earning a PGA TOUR card and -- more importantly -- to compete as part of the preeminent organization in the world of professional golf."

Phil Mickelson leads the list of names who have been suspended from the PGA Tour. Mickelson skipped the 2022 Masters and 2022 PGA Championship following his controversial comments about participating in the new Saudi-backed golf league. Mickelson has said he planned to compete at next week’s U.S. Open.

Dustin Johnson has been suspended two days after announcing that he resigned from the PGA Tour. It’s been reported that Johnson and Mickelson have received signing bonuses well north of $100 million in or to join the LIV Golf Invitational Series.

Four players in the top 35 of the world golf rankings have been suspended because of their association with LIV. That group includes Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na and Talor Gooch. 

Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Martin Kaymer are major championship winners who have received PGA suspensions.

Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have reportedly signed on to be part of the field in upcoming LIV Golf events. Monahan’s statement suggests that DeChambeau and Reed will be suspended if and when they eventually play for LIV.

"I am certain our fans and partners -- who are surely tired of all this talk of money, money and more money -- will continue to be entertained and compelled by the world-class competition you display each and every week, where there are true consequences for every shot you take and your rightful place in history whenever you reach that elusive winner's circle," Monahan said.

Here are the 17 players who have been suspended by the PGA Tour, along with their spot in the world golf rankings. 

15) Dustin Johnson

21) Louis Oosthuizen

34) Kevin Na

35) Talor Gooch

57) Sergio Garcia

69) Matt Jones

72) Phil Mickelson 

78) Lee Westwood

92) Ian Poulter

95) Hudson Swafford

123) Branden Grace

126) Charl Schwartzel

215) Martin Kaymer

327) Peter Uihlein

374) Graeme McDowell 

600) Turk Pettit

1371) Andy Ogletree

Phil Mickelson is the biggest star in the field at the LIV Golf Invitational London Phil Mickelson is the biggest star in the field at the LIV Golf Invitational London Photo: AFP / Adrian DENNIS