LIV Golf: No plans for exemptions at Open or Masters, say organisers

Majors such as The Open, US Open and Masters use the world rankings to help determine their fields

Organisers of the Masters and Open Championship say they have no plans to create exemptions for LIV Golf players in 2024.

Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau called for an exemption category to be created to ensure LIV’s players do not miss out on qualification as a result.

But R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers denied such discussions were under way.

Referencing a recent report that claimed talks had begun as “off the mark”, Slumbers said: “I would like to make it very clear that exemptions for the Open, we do not discuss them with anyone and nor would we at any point in time.

“I think it’s very important that you don’t lose sight of the fact that the Open is intended to be open to everybody; that you earn your place in the field, through exemptions, and that won’t change.”

Augusta National chairman Fred Ridley said the criteria for the Masters is unlikely to be changed – but remains “dynamic”.

“If you look back over the history of the Masters tournament, and the qualifications that existed, we have changed those qualifications numerous times, dozens of times,” Ridley said.

He added: “As you’ll recall last year, there was some speculation as to whether or not we would invite LIV golfers. We stayed true to our qualification criteria. We invited everyone who was eligible.

“While we do not, at this time, anticipate making a change in 2024, we do always look at it and we will continue to do that.

“Our qualifications are very much dynamic, and we adjust to what we feel is in the best interest of a tournament representing the best players in the world. We’ll always look at that.”

While the Masters is an invitational tournament, the Open’s stricter entry policy is based on world ranking points and qualifying events.

Former Open champion Cameron Smith said golf’s world rankings are “almost obsolete” because of the refusal to award ranking points for events on the breakaway LIV tour.

While Mickelson, DeChambeau and Cameron Smith are currently exempt for the majors following recent tournament victories, 2017 Masters champion Sergio Garcia failed to qualify for this year’s Open.

Garcia missed the major for the first time in 25 years after he came up short in a qualifying tournament, which he had to play because of his status as a LIV golfer.

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