Can LIV Golf tour members play at 2022 Open Championship?


The relationship between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf has caused a fissure among the ranks of golfers, and the majors are trying to figure out how to navigate it.

After the USGA allowed LIV Golf members to play in the U.S. Open for the sake of fairness, the Open Championship is following suit, opening the door for Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson -- among others -- to play at St. Andrews.

Defending Open champion Collin Morikawa, who reaffirmed his standing in the PGA Tour and has no intention of joining LIV Golf, will be fighting to reclaim his title against a bigger field.

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R&A CEO Martin Slumbers explained the decision in a statement:

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. 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.