The Open say those playing in LIV Invitational Series will be allowed to compete at St Andrews | Golf News

The Open will be live on Sky Sports from July 10th; 150th Open will take place at St Andrews, R&A’s decision follows the USGA’s call over last week’s US Open

Last Updated: 06/22/22 10:56am

The Open have confirmed those playing in LIV Invitational Series will be allowed to compete at St Andrews

The R&A has announced golfers playing in the LIV series will be allowed to compete at next month’s 150th Open.

The decision to allow those already qualified or exempt means high-profile players Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson – a former Open champion – will be able to play in the major final of the year at St Andrews.

The R&A’s decision echoes the USGA, who last month allowed qualified LIV golfers to compete at last week’s US Open at Brookline.

Martin Slumbers, chief executive of The R&A, said: “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.

“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.”

PGA Tour to increase cash prizes in revamp | Koepka to join LIV

The PGA Tour is laying out plans to increase purses at several marquee events and revamp its schedule with Brooks Koepka expected to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational series.

Sky Sports News Understands that the four-time major winner – who has removed all references to the PGA Tour from his social media profiles – will tee it up at the second event in Portland next week.

The 32-year-old is set to become the latest big name to join the controversial series, following Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson, and has withdrawn from Thursday’s PGA Tour event, the Travelers Championship in Connecticut.

LIV also announced on Tuesday world number 20 Abraham Ancer has also joined LIV and will play in next week’s event, but world No 4 Collin Morikawa has denied talk that he’s set to follow.

2021 Open winner Collin Morikawa has emphatically revealed he will not be joining LIV

2021 Open winner Collin Morikawa has emphatically revealed he will not be joining LIV

“To state for the record, once again, you all are absolutely wrong. I’ve said it since February at Riviera that I’m here to stay on the @PGATOUR and nothing has changed,” he said on Twitter.

It remains to be seen whether the reports linking Viktor Hovland with LIV will result in a move to the series for the Norwegian.

Newly-crowned US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick has also reiterated his commitment to the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, saying he was “not really concerned” about the current list of defectors.

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