R&A Explains Why Greg Norman Is Not Invited To 150th Open

The R&A released a statement that read: 'We contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we decided not to invite him to attend on this occasion'

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The world of golf has been going through somewhat of a change in 2022, with the rise of LIV Golf really drawing a line in the sand between the biggest Tours in the world.

CEO of LIV Golf Investments, Greg Norman, has been the front man of the Saudi-backed series, with the Australian recently revealing his intentions to feature at St Andrews in July at the 150th Open Championship. 

After the revelation, The R&A shut down that chance and now, they have made its intentions even clearer, revealing that Norman hasn't been invited to the final men's Major next week.

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In a release from The R&A, it states that: "In response to enquiries regarding The R&A Celebration of Champions field and the Champions’ Dinner, we can confirm that we contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we decided not to invite him to attend on this occasion. 

"The 150th Open is an extremely important milestone for golf and we want to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend. We hope that when circumstances allow Greg will be able to attend again in future."

A two-time winner of the Claret Jug, Norman claimed victories at the 1986 and 1993 Open Championships, but now it seems he won't be attending the event at St Andrews, which gets underway on Monday with a Celebration of Champions that includes the likes of Tiger Woods, Georgia Hall and Lee Trevino.

Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and 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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