No ban for LIV Golf gamers on the one hundred and fiftieth Open at St Andrews
As anticipated, the R&A will keep all the unique exemptions and qualifying locations beforehand stipulated of their qualification course of.
17 gamers who signed and performed within the Saudi-backed LIV Golf’s opening occasion on the Centurion membership three weeks in the past have since been indefinitely suspended by the PGA Tour. The group contained former Open champions Phil Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen.
The Open won’t ban any gamers signed to LIV Golf from the one hundred and fiftieth championship at St Andrews subsequent month, R&A chief govt Martin Slumbers has confirmed.
4-time main champion Brooks Koepka has this week signed for LIV Golf. Former Masters champions Patrick Reed and Charl Schwartzel, and former US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau are additionally on board.
Others banned by the tour included European Ryder Cup stalwarts Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter and Graeme McDowell.
Europe’s DP World Tour haven’t but declared their coverage on LIV gamers. They’re anticipated to take action on Thursday of this week.
In the meantime, just like the USGA previous to the US Open in Boston final week, the R&A are sticking by their course of in 2022, however make no reference to future years.
“The Open is golf’s unique championship,” mentioned Slumbers in a press release. “Because it was first performed in 1860, openness has been basic to its ethos and distinctive enchantment.
“Gamers who’re exempt or have earned a spot by means of qualifying for The one hundred and fiftieth Open in accordance with the entry phrases and circumstances will have the ability to compete within the Championship at St Andrews.
“We’re centered on staging a world class championship in July and celebrating this really historic event for golf.
“We are going to make investments the proceeds of The Open, as we all the time do, for the advantage of golf. This displays our objective to make sure that the game is flourishing 50 years from now.”