R&A Will Allow LIV Golf Players To Compete At 150th Open

A statement from R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers confirmed the news

The Claret Jug sitting on the Old Course in St Andrews
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The R&A has announced that any player who is exempt for the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews next month "will be able to compete", meaning members of the controversial LIV Golf Invitational Series won't be banned from teeing it up in golf's oldest championship.

As expected, the decision mirrors the one taken by the USGA ahead of last week's US Open, with R&A Chief Executive Martin Slumbers releasing a brief statement confirming the news.

"The Open is golf’s original championship and since it was first played in 1860, openness has been fundamental to its ethos and unique appeal," said Slumbers.
"Players who are exempt or have earned a place through qualifying for The 150th Open in accordance with the entry terms and conditions will be able to compete in the Championship at St Andrews. 

"We are focused on staging a world class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic occasion for golf. We will invest the proceeds of The Open, as we always do, for the benefit of golf which reflects our purpose to ensure that the sport is thriving 50 years from now."

The Saudi-backed breakaway circuit continues to make headlines amid accusations that it's being used to sportswash Saudi Arabia's human rights record. However, that hasn't stopped big-name players from signing up.

The first LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club in Hemel Hempstead featured the likes of Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Lee Westwood, and the roster has been further bolstered by the additions of Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka. 

In response to the threat, the PGA Tour has vowed to suspend all current and future LIV Golf players, announcing the news moments after the first shots were struck at the inaugural LIV Golf event.

Two past Open champions in the form of Mickelson and Louis Oosthuizen have jumped ship to the new Greg Norman-fronted series, while a number of other LIV stars are also exempt for the final men's Major of 2022.

A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.

Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.

As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.

What's in Andy's bag?

Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)

3-wood: TaylorMade M1 (15°)

Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)

Putter: Titleist Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1