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Rebel golfers to tee it up at the Open

───   MORGAN PIEK 13:59 Wed, 22 Jun 2022

Rebel golfers to tee it up at the Open | News Article
The Open

The Royal & Ancient Golf Club at St Andrew’s in Scotland has confirmed that the so-called rebel golfers will be allowed to compete in the Open Championship.

The year’s last major will be the 150th edition of the iconic tournament and will be played at the home of golf, St Andrews.

The LIV Golf Series players were allowed to play in last week’s US Open in Brookline; however, they have all been banned by the PGA Tour and qualification for majors has become that much harder.

“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,” Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of the R&A.

“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.”

Several South Africans are a part of the LIV Golf series and they include the 2010 Open Championship winner, Louis Oosthuizen. Fellow South African and former Masters champion, Charl Schwartzel, won the inaugural LIV Golf event in St. Albans, London.

The 150th Open will tee off on 14 July.

Morgan Piek/OFM Sport

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