Open Championship will allow LIV Golf competitors, organizer says

Open Championship will allow LIV Golf competitors, organizer says

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LIV Golf competitors will be able to play in The Open Championship next month, organizers of the season’s final major said on Wednesday.

The R&A will host the big tournament in St. Andrews, Scotland. The event will take place on the Old Course from July 14-17.

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Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays his tee shot during his final round on Day 4 of the 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich in south-east England on July 18, 2021.

Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa plays his tee shot during his final round on Day 4 of the 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s, Sandwich in south-east England on July 18, 2021.
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“The Open is the original championship in golf and since it was first played in 1860, the openness has been central to its unique ethos and appeal,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said on Wednesday via Sky Sports. .

“Players who are exempt or have obtained a place by qualifying for the 150th Open in accordance with the terms and conditions of entry will be able to compete at the Championships in St Andrews. We are focused on organizing a world-class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic occasion for golf.

“We will invest proceeds from The Open, as we always do, for the benefit of golf, reflecting our purpose to ensure the sport thrives 50 years from now.”

A few more golfers reportedly decided to jump into LIV Golf on Tuesday. Brooks Koepka and Abraham Ancer were the latest to join the Saudi-backed golf tour. Players like Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Kevin Na, Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia, Talor Gooch, Branden Grace, Matt Jones, Martin Kaymer, Graeme McDowell, Andy Ogletree, Louis Oosthuizen, Turk Pettit, Ian Poulter, Charl Schwartzel, Hudson Swafford and Peter Uihlein decided to play the first ever LIV Golf tournament earlier this month.

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Garcia, Grace, Johnson, Kaymer, McDowell, Na, Oosthuizen, Pettit, Schwartzel and Westwood gave up their PGA Tour memberships.

Collin Morikawa, winner of last year’s Open Championship, said he would stay on the PGA Tour.

American golfer Collin Morikawa kisses the trophy as he poses for photos with the Claret Jug, the trophy for Golf Champion of the Year, after winning the 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George's, Sandwich, in south-east England, July 18.  2021.

American golfer Collin Morikawa kisses the trophy as he poses for photos with the Claret Jug, the trophy for Golf Champion of the Year, after winning the 149th British Open Golf Championship at Royal St George’s, Sandwich, in south-east England, July 18. 2021.
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The USGA allowed those players to compete at the US Open last weekend. Matt Fitzpatrick won the event.

On Tuesday, PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan met with players to discuss changes to the tour schedule that will include “eight uncut limited field events with prize money of $20 million or more each.” , for the top 50 FedEx qualifiers from the previous season.” Cup standings,” Gold Digest reported, citing several players present at the meeting.

Sources told ESPN that while nothing official has been implemented, the changes are expected to be approved for the 2023 season.

The increase in prize money will affect several existing tournaments and will be paid for by tour sponsors or bookings, according to ESPN.

A detailed view of the scoreboard on the 18th hole as Collin Morikawa of the United States wins the Open to become Open Champion during day four of the Open 149 at Royal St George's Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England.

A detailed view of the scoreboard on the 18th hole as Collin Morikawa of the United States wins the Open to become Open Champion during day four of the Open 149 at Royal St George’s Golf Club on July 18, 2021 in Sandwich, England.
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Two players also told the Associated Press that the issue of returning to a calendar season and changing FedEx Cup playoff eligibility from the top 125 players to the top 70 was also discussed.

Paulina Dedaj of Fox News contributed to this report.

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