The PGA Tour has denied releases to the players looking to play in the first event of the Saudi Arabian-financed LIV Golf Invitational Series, a source told ESPN's Mark Schlabach on Tuesday, confirming a Golfweek report.
The debut tournament, set to take part in London from June 9-11, coincides with the PGA Tour's RBC Canadian Open that week. As a result, PGA Tour players would have to be granted a release from the tour to compete in the LIV tournament.
The expectation was that the tour would grant the release to players, similar to ones it's given to other international events, but a source told ESPN that's not the case.
Phil Mickelson is among the players who had sought a release to play, his longtime agent, Steve Loy of Sportfive, said last month.