MasterCard suspends support deals with LIV Tour golfer Ian Polter and Grammy McDowell

MasterCard suspends support deals with LIV Tour golfer Ian Polter and Grammy McDowell

The company told ESPN that MasterCard has suspended its support deals with LIV Golf Tour members Ian Polter and Graeme McDowell.

Pelter has contracts with the global company since 2009 and McDowell since 2011, but due to controversial tour involvement and suspension from the PGA Tour, MasterCard has terminated those contracts.

“We have paused to activate our relationship with Ian and Graeme, recognizing the uncertainty surrounding their location on the PGA Tour,” said Seth Eisen, vice president of communications at MasterCard.

MasterCard has not commented on the duration of the break or whether it will be a permanent decision, but the company is the latest to pull the plug on support deals with players joining the Saudi-backed golf tour.

Rocket Mortgage recently announced that it is suspending ties to Bryson DeChambu, RBC has severed ties with Dustin Johnson and McDowell, and Phil Mickelson has lost sponsorship between Workade, KPMG and Amstel.

Some companies have taken a hard line on the tour, while others have not commented or decided on their sponsorship with current players. Michelangelo Ultra and Nike have maintained their contract with LIV player Brooks Koepka.

Poulter was also one of three players to claim suspension from the Genesis Scottish Open. Three golfers won the stay and played in the Poulter Open, but missed the cut.

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