Mastercard has suspended its endorsement deals with LIV Golf Tour members Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell, the company told ESPN.
Poulter has had a deal with the global company since 2009 and McDowell since 2011, but due to their association with the controversial tour and suspension from the PGA Tour, Mastercard has suspended those deals.
“We have paused activating our relationship with Ian and Graeme as we recognized the uncertainties surrounding their standing on the PGA Tour,” said Seth Eisen, Mastercard’s vice president of communications.
Mastercard hasn’t commented on the length of the hiatus or if the decision is permanent, but the company is the latest company to sign endorsement deals with players who have joined the Saudi-backed golf tour.
Rocket Mortgage recently announced it was suspending its relationship with Bryson DeChambeau, RBC parted ways with Dustin Johnson and McDowell and Phil Mickelson lost sponsorships from WorkDay, KPMG and Amstel.
Some companies have taken a tough stance on the tour, while others have not commented or made a decision about their sponsorships with current players. Michelob Ultra and Nike have maintained their contracts with LIV player Brooks Koepka.
Poulter was also one of three players to file a lawsuit to challenge their suspension from the Genesis Scottish Open. The three golfers won the stay and Poulter played at The Open but missed the cut.
https://www.espn.com/golf/story/_/id/34217913/mastercard-pauses-endorsement-deals-liv-tour-golfers-ian-poulter-graeme-mcdowell Mastercard pauses endorsement deals with LIV Tour golfers Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell