R&A Confirms LIV Golf Players Will Not Be Banned From The Open Championship

R&A confirms The Open will remain open to LIV Golf players

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The R&A has sought to clarify its position after reports that LIV Golf players will face bans from the Majors in 2023.

There has been a lot of speculation this week around the status of LIV players in PGA and DP World Tour events, the Ryder Cup and the Majors, and while LIV Golf players' participation in some events still seems up in the air, the governing body has confirmed to Golf Monthly that LIV players will not be banned from future Open Championships, with The Open remaining open to those who qualify for golf's oldest Major through any of the established qualifying routes.

"I never said the best golfers will not be able to play," R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers said earlier in the week. "We will hold totally true to The Open being open to anybody. But we may well look at how you get into that, whether it's an exemption or a need to qualify through our qualifying process."

A number of high profile LIV Golf players hold exemptions into next year's Open, the 151st at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, including 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed. 

Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion at Muirfield, is exempt into the championship until the age of 60, as is 2010 Champion Golfer of the Year Louis Oosthuizen.

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka is also exempt for The Open for another two years following his most recent Major win at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Regardless of what happens in the wider game, there are a number of avenues that remain available to LIV players to make their way into the field next year, including exemptions and The Open's own Qualifying Series and Final Qualifying.

Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.

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