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R&A announces LIV Golf players will be allowed to compete in 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews

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Like the USGA before it, R&A has no interest in getting involved in the fight between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf, at least for now. The R&A announced this week that all golfers who qualified for the 150th tournament will be eligible to play. They include the likes of Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, all set to compete at the second LIV event next week in Oregon.

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“The Open is the original championship game of golf, and ever since it was first played in 1860, openness has been at the core of its ethos and unique appeal,” said R&A CEO Martin Slumbers.

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“Players who are vacated or have earned a place as a result of qualifying for The 150th Open in accordance with the conditions of participation will be able to participate in the championship in St. Andrews”, he continued. “We are focused on hosting a world class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic golf event.”

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This is not a surprising announcement. It’s more or less USGA said the same a few weeks ago before the US Open. This is not a statement about the future, but rather a decision about the present, which concerns only this particular Open Championship. Since this is the 150th Open, there was not the slightest chance for R&A to cause political drama that would be caused by anything other than such a statement.

Perhaps this is also a harbinger of the future. Major championship organizations are in no hurry to help the PGA Tour, according to Eamon Lynch. Why should they? This is not a battle they want to fight, and it is not a battle that has been brought directly to them. The main organizations – Augusta National, USGA, PGA of America and R&A – seem to be waiting to see how things play out on the LIV Golf-PGA Tour front before making any long-term decisions.

This is also wise, given how quickly things change in the world of professional golf. No one – not players, not agents, not organizations – knows how all this will turn out in the coming weeks and months. After The Open in July, the big players get a nine-month grace period before they have to make any long-term decisions.

The 150th Open will go ahead as planned with all the major players you’d expect. None of the LIV Golf players competed in the US Open, but Kepka, Johnson and Louis Ousthuisen – all LIV players – finished in the top 10 at the 149th Open at Royal St. George’s last year, and all are 35 years old. 1 or less at this year’s tournament.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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