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…