Golfers who have joined up for the rogue LIV Golf Series may be excluded from future renditions of the US Open, according to those in charge of the event.
The PGA Tour has banned former US Open champions Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, and Bryson DeChambeau for agreeing to the Saudi Arabia-backed breakout. The topic has been dominating conversation in the run-up to the third men’s major of the year, which will be held at the Brookline Country Club. The PGA Tour has no direct influence over the US Open, although it does have significant links throughout the golf ecosystem.
When questioned if he can see a potential world in which the LIV group is barred from competing in the US Open, Mike Whan, the USGA’s chief executive, answered, “Yes.” “I just answered the question, ‘Could I foresee a day?'” Whan remarked when asked to elaborate on his position. ” Yeah, I could foresee a day.’ Do I know what that day looks like? No, I don’t.”
“To be honest with you, what we’re talking about was different two years ago, and it was different two months ago than it is today. We’ve been doing this for 127 years, so I think the three of us and everybody else that we work with need to take a long-term view of this and see where these things go so we’re not going to be a kneejerk reaction to what we do.
“But the question was: ‘Could you envision a day where it would be harder for some folks doing different things to get into a US Open?’ I could. Will that be true? I don’t know but I can definitely foresee that day.”
Whan said that the USGA considered barring LIV golfers from competing in the 122nd US Open at the last minute, but decided it would be unjust and unworkable. “We ran this championship by asking ourselves, did those people disqualify themselves from the 2022 [US] Open? We believed the answer to that was no and that’s the decision we made.”
“I get it; it’s a news story. We’re not going to run away from the news story. We had to make some tough decisions that not everybody agrees with. Where this will go, I don’t know.”
Those who participated in the Saudi plot have been harshly reprimanded by a group founded by the families of some of those slain in the September 11th attacks. The representatives of Johnson, DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, and Kevin Na received a letter alleging that those players had “sold us out.” This year’s US Open field includes them all.
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Whan stated, “We have complete support for the 9/11 families.” “Listen, we’re all Americans, and if anybody doesn’t remember that day, then shame on you. That’s alive and well in my head. I remember where I was, what I was doing, who I was talking to when the first plane went in. We lost a couple of neighbors. But as it relates to the USGA and this championship, that was the decision we had to make a week ago, and that’s the decision we made.”
The R&A is anticipated to follow the same principle to players who are exempt from the Open Championship, which will be held in St Andrews next month. What’s more intriguing is how the DP World Tour, previously the European Tour, will approach the Scottish Open. The DP World and PGA tours have formed a strategic partnership.
The prize pool for the US Open has increased to $17.5 million. The winner on Sunday will receive a $3.15 million check. “What we do in a US Open, we endeavour to have the players get every club in their bag dirty,” ” says John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s lead championships officer. “We want to examine every aspect of their game. So when they win a US Open, it’s something special.”
Rory McIlroy, who is striving to come out on top for a fifth major title almost eight years since his fourth, emerges in Massachusetts fresh from big win at the Canadian Open. In 2013, England’s Matt Fitzpatrick won the US Amateur Championship.
Because of the small size of the greens, accuracy of the approach shot is a must. “We are praying that changes,” Whan remarked of the lack of focus on the tournament itself during the build-up.
I wish you best of luck with that.
Original article posted on TheGuardian.com