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Following a release from the R&A, which stated: "We can confirm that we contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we decided not to invite him to attend on this occasion," Greg Norman has now responded in a report by Australian Golf Digest (opens in new tab).
Speaking on Saturday evening, the two-time Claret Jug winner explained that: “I’m disappointed. I would have thought the R&A would have stayed above it all given their position in world golf. (It’s) petty, as all I have done is promote and grow the game of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for more than four decades.”
Back at the tail-end of April, Norman had revealed his intentions to feature at St Andrews. However, the R&A stated not once, but twice, that it's not changing its stance on "any additional exemptions."
Previously, the LIV Golf CEO believed that he could "still get in" to the tournament despite the exemption age cut-off for past champions being set at 60. On the 24th April, The R&A shut down that chance, with a statement saying: “The entry terms and conditions for The Open stipulate that a champion must be aged 60 or under or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt from qualifying. That remains the case for The 150th Open and we have no plans for any additional exemptions.”
Phil Mickelson has informed the R&A that he does not wish to attend either the celebration of champions four-hole challenge on Monday or the following evening’s champions’ dinner. The six-time Major winner is still in the field for the 150th Open Championship though, which gets underway on Thursday.
Matt studied Sports Journalism at Southampton Solent University, graduating in 2019. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly and the PGA, he covers all aspects of the game, from Tour news to equipment testing and buyers’ guides. Taking up the game at the age of six, Matt currently holds a handicap of 3 and despite not having a hole in one…yet, he has had two albatrosses. His favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.
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