ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Players who have joined the new Saudi Arabia-funded league will still be allowed to compete at the British Open next month, organizers said on Wednesday.
The U.S. Open had allowed players who were banned by the PGA Tour for signing up to the LIV Golf series to play at last week's tournament.
“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,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a statement.
The world’s oldest major championship begins July 14.
“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," Slumbers said.
Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson headlined LIV Golf's inaugural tournament held this month outside London and won by former Masters champion Charl Schwartzel, who collected $4.75 million. The league is bankrolled by Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund.
Now slated two weeks behind the U.S. Open and two weeks ahead of the Open Championship, it appears as if a number of more prominent players are choosing to go play the PGA Tour-sponsored Scottish Open the week ahead of the British Open and use the John Deere Classic week as a travel/off week.
After years of planning and hoping and an intense fundraising initiative, a new clubhouse at Highland Springs Golf Course came a step closer to reality on Thursday morning. City officials, numerous dignitaries and members of the First Tee program helped turn the ceremonial first shovels of dirt on the project at the Rock Island facility.
The John Deere Classic golf tournament is still a couple of weeks away, but a deadline for one of the tournament’s fundraising features is this week. Those wanting to take a chance at winning a two-year lease on a 2022 Lexus RX 350 through the Birdies For Charity program will have to get a pledge made by this Friday.
FILE - Phil Mickelson of the United States , second left, waits to play his tee shot on the 16th hole during the final round of the inaugural LIV Golf Invitational at the Centurion Club in St Albans, England, Saturday, June 11, 2022. Players who have joined the new Saudi Arabia-funded league will still be allowed to compete at the British Open next month, organizers said on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, FIle)