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R&A chief warns LIV Golf players could be banned from The Open Championship

British Open organisers have ruled out banning players who defect to the breakaway LIV Golf series from next year’s event — but hinted that it could become harder for rebels to qualify in future.

R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers said in a press conference in St Andrews on the eve of this year’s Open that banning members of the LIV series was “not on our agenda” despite stinging criticism of the Saudi-backed tour, which he said was “not in the long-term interests of the sport” and “driven by money”.

“We have been asked quite frequently about banning players,” Slumbers said with an eye on next year’s championship at Royal Liverpool.

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“Let me be very clear. That is not on our agenda, but we will review our…

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