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Golf’s Saudi tour rebels WON’T be blocked from playing at The Open next month

BREAKING NEWS: Golf’s Saudi tour rebels WILL NOT be blocked from playing at The Open next month, as organizers confirm ‘openness is fundamental’ with Brooks Koepka, latest player to leave PGA Tour for cash grab

  • Organizers of the 150th Open have confirmed Saudi rebels will be allowed to participate
  • Members of the leading group LIV Golf Series also took part in the US Open
  • The PGA Tour has banned anyone involved in the Saudi-backed series
  • Brooks Koepka is the last big name to retire from the PGA Tour on Tuesday

Gulf’s Saudi rebels may still take their place in next month’s Open, the R&A has announced.

While the PGA Tour has banned anyone involved in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series after playing in the inaugural event earlier this month, organizers of last week’s US Open did not follow suit.

That stance will be followed through the final major of the year, when the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews kicks off in three weeks.

The Saudi golf rebels (pictured left Brooks Koepka and right Phil Mickelson) can still take their place in next month's Open Championship in St Andrews

The Saudi golf rebels (pictured left Brooks Koepka and right Phil Mickelson) can still take their place in next month’s Open Championship in St Andrews

Koepka was the last big name to retire from the PGA Tour to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series

Koepka was the last big name to retire from the PGA Tour to compete in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series

“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 general manager Martin Slumbers.

“Players who are exempt or have earned a place by qualifying for The 150th Open in accordance with the eligibility rules will be able to participate in the Championship at St Andrews.

“We are focused on hosting a world-class championship in July and celebrating this truly historic opportunity for golf.

“We will invest the proceeds from The Open, as we always do, towards golf, which reflects our goal of ensuring the sport thrives in 50 years’ time.”

Chief executive Martin Slumbers confirmed the breakaway players will be allowed to compete

Chief executive Martin Slumbers confirmed that the breakaway players will be allowed to compete

Exempt players are players who qualify through their previously earned status, such as world rankings and tournament wins.

As the PGA Tour will not continue with the majors, the suspension of the 17 players who competed in the first LIV Series event earlier this month will not apply to major golf tournaments.

The players also took part in the US Open last week at the Country Club in Brookline, which was won by Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick.

However, Mike Whan, CEO of the United States Golf Association, which runs the major, had warned the Saudi-backed LIV rebels that he could foresee a day—presumably due to their inability to rack up world rankings—when it would be more difficult. would be for them to qualify to play in this major.

“We only decided a week ago that they could play in this one,” he added.

Mike Whan, CEO of the United States Golf Association, warned the 15 Saudi-backed LIV rebels competing at the US Open that one day they may not be able to play majors anymore

Mike Whan, CEO of the United States Golf Association, warned the 15 Saudi-backed LIV rebels competing at the US Open that one day they may not be able to play majors anymore

Open defending champion Collin Morikawa recently took to social media to reiterate his opposing stance on the leading group.

Reports emerged claiming the two-time Major champion was next in line to switch sides, but in a funny statement on Twitter, the 25-year-old dismissed the rumours.

Just your #11 money winner on PIP here to say good morning to everyone! Last week at my press conference I said that the media loves to create drama,” said Morikawa of world number 4.

“Yeah, I woke up this morning because everyone thought I’m next. Not to say I told you, but… I told you anyway.

“For the record, again, you’re absolutely wrong. I’ve been saying it in Riviera since February that I’m here to stay on the PGA Tour and nothing has changed. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some cereal to pour into my milk.’

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