As many of the golfers who secured a spot at the 122nd US Open next week prepare to compete in the first LIV Golf event outside London, many people have questioned whether the game’s governing bodies will continue to honor their on-field positions at The Country Club in Brooklyn, which is located outside of Boston, Massachusetts.
On Tuesday afternoon, the US Golf Association put the wondering to rest.
“We are proud to be the most open tournament in the world and players who have earned the right to compete in this year’s tournament, whether through exemption or qualification, will have the opportunity to do so,” the USGA said in a press release. . “Our field standards were set prior to the opening of entries earlier this year, and it is not appropriate, nor fair for competitors, to change the standards once they are in place.”
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The final decision of the golf governing body in the United States, Canada and Mexico appears to have been a simple question.
“Should a player who has made his way to the 2022 US Open, by our published field standards, be taken off the field as a result of his decision to play in another event? And we ultimately decided that they shouldn’t.”
This paves the way for Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Kevin Na and other players who have a place on the field at the US Open and who play in this week’s LIV Golf event to compete. However, the USGA has made it clear that it does not support the new round.
“Our decision regarding our field for the 2022 US Open should not be interpreted as the USGA’s support for an alternative organizational entity, nor as supportive of any individual player actions or comments. Rather, it is merely a response to whether or not the USGA considers playing in an alternative event, without the consent of their home tour, which is a crime that should disqualify them from the US Open.”
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