Past champions Phil Mickelson and Louis Ousthuisen, as well as released players such as Dustin Johnson, can rest easy at the UK Open next month.
Martin Slumbers, chief executive of R&A, confirmed that LIV Golf defectors will receive their benefits in week 150.th The British Open will take place at The Old Course in St. Andrews.
“The Open is the original championship game of golf, and ever since it was first played in 1860, openness has been at the heart of its ethos and unique appeal,” Slumbers said in a press release. “Players who are released or earn a spot 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. We are focused on hosting the World Class Championship in July and celebrating this truly historic golf event. We will invest proceeds from The Open, as always, for the good of golf, reflecting our goal of making the sport thrive 50 years from now.”
Slumbers and R&A have followed USGA CEO Mike Wang’s lead by allowing LIV players to compete this year. During a USGA press conference ahead of the US Open last week, Wang hinted that the elimination process could change in the coming years. Access to the majors and how LIV players will be able to earn world ranking points to qualify for the four majors is considered a barrier to the expansion of LIV Golf.
So far, only the PGA of America has suggested that players who are no longer members of the PGA Tour are ineligible to compete on the US Ryder Cup team.
150th Open will be held in St. Andrews from 10 to 17 July. The top two players who finish in the top eight and tie at the Kolon Korea Open, who have not yet been released, will earn spots in the British Open. The Kolon Korea Open is the eighth tournament of the British Open Qualifiers and will take place at the Woo Jeong Hills Country Club in Cheonan from 23 to 26 June.
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