The Open: Players who have joined LIV Golf series permitted to play at St Andrews

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Players who have joined the Saudi Arabian-backed LIV Golf series will be allowed to play at the Open at St Andrews next month.

The PGA Tour suspended 17 members who played in the inaugural LIV event, including Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau.

In a statement, the R&A said exempt players and those who have qualified will be able to compete.

The 150th Open will be played at St Andrews from 10-17 July.

“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,” said R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers.

“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.”

More to follow.

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