R&A Confirms LIV Golf Players Will Not Be Banned From Open Championship

The R&A have sought to clarify their position after reports that LIV Golf players will be banned from Majors in 2023.

There has been a lot of speculation this week around the status of LIV players in PGA and DP World Tour events, the Ryder Cup and Majors, and while LIV Golf players’ participation in certain events still appears to be up in the air, the governing body confirmed to Golf Monthly that LIV players will not be banned from future Open Championships, with the Open remaining open to those who qualify for golf’s oldest Major through one of the established qualification pathways.

“I never said the best golfers couldn’t play,” R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said earlier in the week. “We will remain totally committed to the fact that the Open is open to everyone. But we may well consider how you achieve this, whether it is an exemption or a need to qualify through our process of qualification.”

A number of top LIV Golf players hold byes for next year’s Open, the 151st at Royal Liverpool Golf Club, including 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau, 2020 Masters champion Dustin Johnson and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed.

Phil Mickelson, the 2013 Open champion at Muirfield, is exempt from the championship until the age of 60, as is 2010 champion golfer of the year Louis Oosthuizen.

Four-time Major winner Brooks Koepka is also bye for the Open for another two years after his last Major win at the 2019 PGA Championship.

Regardless of what happens in the game at large, there are a number of avenues that remain available to LIV players to make their way onto the pitch next year, including byes and own series. qualification and final qualifications of The Open.

Michael C. Ford