The 150th Open: Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy back R&A decision to deny Greg Norman wildcard at St Andrews | golf news

Woods reiterated his opposition to the Greg Norman-backed LIV Golf tour and questioned the future of golfers who have joined the getaway circuit; Watch The Open live on Thursday from 6.30am on Sky Sports The Open

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Tiger Woods says he agrees with R&A’s decision to exclude Greg Norman from The 150th Open Celebrations event

Tiger Woods says he agrees with R&A’s decision to exclude Greg Norman from The 150th Open Celebrations event

Tiger Woods has backed the R&A’s decision not to invite Greg Norman to The 150th Open and has questioned the players’ decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Invitational Series.

The R&A released a statement ahead of the final men’s Major of the year to confirm that Norman, the breakaway tour’s CEO, would not be invited to compete in the Celebration of Champions event or attend the Champions Dinner in St. Andrews.

Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau are among the former big winners who have committed to LIV Golf events, and Woods isn’t sure why players would “turn their backs” on the PGA Tour.

Tiger Woods explains why he had to play in the 150 Open Championship and admits he doesn't know how many he has left in it

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Tiger Woods explains why he had to play in the 150 Open Championship and admits he doesn’t know how many he has left in it

Tiger Woods explains why he had to play in the 150 Open Championship and admits he doesn’t know how many he has left in it

Speaking before The Open, Woods said: “Greg has done some things that I don’t think are best for our game, and we’re going back to probably the most historic and traditional place in our sport. I think it’s the right thing to do.”

“I know what the PGA Tour stands for and what we’ve done and what the Tour has given us, the ability to pursue our careers and win what we get and the trophies that we’ve been able to play for and the history that’s been a part of this game.

Tiger Woods tells Sky Sports he has no plans to retire at the moment but admits this may be his last chance to win an Open at St Andrews.

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Tiger Woods tells Sky Sports he has no plans to retire at the moment but admits this may be his last chance to win an Open at St Andrews.

Tiger Woods tells Sky Sports he has no plans to retire at the moment but admits this may be his last chance to win an Open at St Andrews.

“I know Greg tried to do this in the early ’90s. It didn’t work then, and he’s trying to make it work now. I don’t agree. I think what they’ve done is they’ve changed their background on what has allowed them to come to this position.”

The LIV series does not currently offer world ranking points, meaning the players involved may find it difficult to qualify for the majors for years to come, with Woods questioning both the format of the LIV events and the important future for those involved.

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event

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As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event

As Tiger Woods prepares to play in the 150th Open Championship, check out a selection of his best shots from the event

“It’s up to all the major championship bodies to make that determination, but there’s a chance that some players may never, ever get a chance to play in a major championship, never get a chance to experience this right here, walk the streets in Augusta. National,” Woods added.

“That, to me, I just don’t get. What are these players doing for guaranteed money? What is the incentive to practice? What’s the incentive to go out there and win it on earth? they paid a lot of money up front and played some events and played 54 holes. They’re playing loud music and all these atmospheres that are different.

Tiger Woods has his take on the players who have chosen to play in the LIV Series.

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Tiger Woods has his take on the players who have chosen to play in the LIV Series.

Tiger Woods has his take on the players who have chosen to play in the LIV Series.

“I can understand that 54 holes is almost like a mandate when you get to the Senior Tour. The guys are a little bit older and a little bit more beat up. amateur to that organization.

“I just don’t see how that move is a long-term positive for a lot of these players, especially if the LIV organization doesn’t get world ranking points and the major championships change their entry criteria for events.”

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July 13, 2022, 2:00 p.m.

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McIlroy: Correct decision not to invite Norman

Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

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Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

Rory McIlroy explains why the public is seeing a more open and cheerful Tiger Woods these days as he, as McIlroy describes him, ends his career.

Tournament organizers viewed Norman’s possible presence as an unwelcome distraction ahead of the historic edition of The Open, and McIlroy supported Woods’ view that the R&A was correct in not allowing the two-time Open winner to attend.

“It’s the 150th Open Championship, and that’s what we have to focus on,” McIlroy said. “I think the focus would have been a little off if he had been here.

“I supported that decision, and I think right now, because of everything that’s going on in the world of golf, I think it was the right decision. If things change in the future or whatever happens, who knows, but I could see a day when he is certainly welcome back.

“But right now, with everything that’s going on, we want the focus to be on the 150th Open Championship and for it to be a celebration of a wonderful golf tournament and a wonderful game in general, and I think it was the right call. For that”. “

World number two Rory McIlroy says he is very confident heading into the 150th Open Championship, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

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World number two Rory McIlroy says he is very confident heading into the 150th Open Championship, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

World number two Rory McIlroy says he is very confident heading into the 150th Open Championship, but he is not getting ahead of himself.

McIlroy, a two-time PGA Tour winner this season but without major success since 2014, admits he’d rather see a player outside the breakaway circuit lift the Claret Jug.

“Selfishly, for me, yes, I do [a non-LIV major winner] it would be better for the game,” McIlroy added. “But at the end of the day, everyone here has an equal chance to go out there and try to win a Claret Jug, regardless of what Tour they play on or whatever. .

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July 14, 2022, 8:30 p.m.

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“Whoever wins here at the end of the week should be commended for one of the greatest achievements this game has to offer. I’m not going to envy anyone if they win the Claret Jug and play on a different Tour than I play on.”

“That’s still a wonderful achievement, and they’re still playing the same sport. But I selfishly want that person to be me, and I’ll do everything I can to make that happen.”

Watch The 150th Open all week long live on the dedicated Sky Sports channel. Live coverage begins Thursday from 6.30am live on Sky Sports The Open.

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