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R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers does not believe LIV Golf is in the best long-term interest of the sport as a whole.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers does not believe LIV Golf is in the best long-term interest of the sport as a whole.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers insists there is no intention to ban LIV Golf rebels from future editions of The Open, although he refused to rule out a change in the criteria of entry.

DP World Tour fined breakaway players £100,000 and banned them from three events, although players were able to participate in the Genesis Scottish Open following an appeal, while the PGA Tour suspended members involved in breakaway circuits,

The R&A joined the USGA last month in announcing that LIV Golf players would still be allowed to participate in this week’s event at St Andrews, although Slumbers admitted it may be more difficult for these golfers to qualify in the future.

Tiger Woods says he agrees with the R&A's decision to exclude Greg Norman from The 150th Open Celebrations event.

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Tiger Woods says he agrees with the R&A’s decision to exclude Greg Norman from The 150th Open Celebrations event.

Tiger Woods says he agrees with the R&A’s decision to exclude Greg Norman from The 150th Open Celebrations event.

“Looking ahead to next year’s Open, we’ve often been asked to ban players. Let me be very clear, that’s not on our agenda,” Slumbers said during a press conference before the tournament on Thursday. “But what is on our agenda is that we are going to review our exemptions and qualification criteria for the Open.

“Although we do this every year, we absolutely reserve the right to make changes if our Open Championships Committee deems it appropriate. Players must earn their place in the Open and that is fundamental to its philosophy and its unique appeal.

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“I never said the best golfers couldn’t play. We will remain totally open to everyone, but we will see if it is a waiver or a qualification.”

LIV Golf applied last week to be recognized by the Official World Golf Rankings, a process that is expected to take several months, with the Open currently having an exemption category for the world’s top 50.

The lack of world ranking points on offer in the LIV Golf Invitational Series means players will find it harder to stay in an exemption category, with Slumbers criticizing a circuit he describes as “money driven”.

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he wouldn't be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumours.

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Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he wouldn’t be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumours.

Jordan Spieth wanted to set the record straight by saying he wouldn’t be moving to LIV Golf after his agent responded to the rumours.

“Professional golfers have the right to choose where they want to play and accept whatever prize money is offered to them,” Slumbers added. “I have absolutely no problem with that. But there is no free lunch.

“I believe the model we have seen is not in the best interest of the sport as a whole and is entirely driven by money, which we believe undermines the merit-based culture and the pursuit of open competition that makes golf so special.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

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Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

Paul McGinley used Mo Salah and the Premier League to help explain how the LIV Golf Series is different from the structure and organization of the PGA and DP World Tours.

“In my opinion, the ongoing comment that it’s about developing the game is simply not credible and, on the contrary, damages the perception of our sport that we work so hard to improve.

“We believe the game should be focused on increasing participation, achieving greater diversity and ensuring golf is truly open to all rather than this narrow debate involving a small number of players. “

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There are 24 LIV Golf players on the course this week for the final men’s major of the year, including 2010 champion Louis Oosthuizen and former world number 1 Dustin Johnson, although their CEO Greg Norman – two-time champion of golf of the year – was not invited to attend St Andrews.

“It’s a very important week for golf,” Slumbers explained. “We are absolutely determined to make this go down in history as (being) about the 150th Open.

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Players have revealed what it would mean for them to win an Open Championship in the birthplace of golf.

Players have revealed what it would mean for them to win an Open Championship in the birthplace of golf.

“We decided that, based on the noise I was getting from multiple sources, that would be potentially unlikely (if Norman was present). We decided we didn’t want a distraction.

“Greg (Norman) hasn’t been here since 2010. He hasn’t been here in 2015. In fact, it’s been many years since he’s even been to the Open. So there would have been another reason for that. So it was very clear to protect the integrity of this week.”

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Michael C. Ford