Gamers collaborating within the opening occasion of a controversial Saudi-backed golf collection this week might be free to play within the US Open.
A press release from america Golf Affiliation mentioned barring gamers who’ve signed as much as the profitable LIV Golf Invitational Collection could be “inappropriate and unfair”.
“We satisfaction ourselves in being essentially the most open championship on the earth and the gamers who’ve earned the precise to compete on this 12 months’s championship, each through exemption and qualifying, could have the chance to take action,” the USGA assertion learn.
This 12 months’s US Open takes place at The Nation Membership in Brookline, Massachusetts, from 16-19 June, and comes because the world of golf is in uproar over the launch of the money-spinning LIV Golf collection.
Former world No 1 Dustin Johnson and six-time Main champion Phil Mickelson are amongst a number of family names who’ve signed as much as LIV, regardless of threats of disciplinary motion by the PGA Tour.
Whether or not gamers who cut up with established excursions to hitch LIV Golf would nonetheless be allowed to play in golf’s 4 Majors has been one of many greatest uncertainties.
The USGA mentioned in its assertion on Tuesday its resolution to permit LIV gamers into subsequent week’s Open was not proof of help for the brand new collection.
“Our resolution relating to our subject for the 2022 US Open shouldn’t be construed because the USGA supporting another organising entity, nor supportive of any particular person participant actions or feedback,” the USGA mentioned.
“Reasonably, it’s merely a response as to whether or not the USGA views taking part in in another occasion, with out the consent of their dwelling tour, an offence that ought to disqualify them for the US Open.
“We merely requested ourselves this query – ought to a participant who had earned his means into the 2022 US Open, through our printed subject standards, be pulled out of the sphere on account of his resolution to play in one other occasion? And we finally determined that they need to not.”
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