Gamers concerned within the LIV Golf Invitational Collection will probably be allowed to compete on the one hundred and fiftieth Open Championship at St. Andrews subsequent month, the R&A introduced Wednesday.
The choice follows the USGA permitting gamers who’ve joined the LIV Golf Collection, which is financially backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund, to play at this previous weekend’s U.S. Open. England’s Matt Fitzpatrick received the key at The Nation Membership.
4-time main champion Brooks Koepka grew to become the most recent participant to make the swap to LIV Golf, a transfer introduced Wednesday, as he joined others resembling Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.
“The Open is golf’s authentic championship and because it was first performed in 1860, openness has been elementary to its ethos and distinctive attraction,” R&A CEO Martin Slumbers stated in a press release. “Gamers who’re exempt or have earned a spot by means of qualifying for The one hundred and fiftieth Open in accordance with the entry phrases and situations will be capable of compete within the Championship at St. Andrews. We’re centered on staging a world class championship in July and celebrating this actually historic event for golf. We are going to make investments the proceeds of The Open, as we at all times do, for the good thing about golf which displays our function to make sure that the game is prospering 50 years from now.”
The Open begins July 14.
LIV Golf hosted its first occasion in St. Albans, on the outskirts of London, earlier this month, with former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel profitable the match.
Sources instructed ESPN on Tuesday that the PGA Tour has plans to answer the direct menace of LIV Golf, which has now signed eight of the highest 50 gamers, introducing a revamped schedule that can embrace elevated purses value no less than $20 million at eight current marquee occasions. The tour’s gamers advisory committee and board have but to approve the adjustments.
PGA Tour members had been instructed of the plans in a gathering on the Vacationers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, on Tuesday.
Reigning Open champion Collin Morikawa repeated his assertion Tuesday that he won’t be a part of LIV Golf.
“To state for the report, as soon as once more, you all are completely improper. I’ve stated it since February at Riviera that I am right here to remain on the @PGATOUR and nothing has modified. Now should you’ll excuse me, I’ve bought some cereal to pour in my milk,” Morikawa tweeted.