LIV golfers face tougher route to US Open

LIV golfers face tougher route to US Open

United States Golf Association Chief Executive Mike Whan believes it will get harder for those who joined LIV Golf to gain entry into the future US Opens.

The USGA last week cleared the way for players in the Saudi-funded breakaway series to compete in this week’s Open, saying it would be unfair to change criteria and deny entry to those already in the field.

But Whan, speaking to reporters at The Country Club outside Boston on Wednesday, said LIV players should not assume they will automatically have a free pass when it comes to future US Opens.

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“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,” said Whan.

“Will that be true? I don’t know, but I can definitely foresee that day.”

Given the Greg Norman-fronted LIV series has only played one of its eight scheduled events in its inaugural season, Whan felt it was too soon to discuss potential changes to entry criteria for future Opens.

“It would be a lot of hypotheticals for me to get what LIV is going to be by the time we’re talking about this next year,” said Whan.

“But as we would do any year, we’re going to definitely re-evaluate field criteria. We would any year. We will take a look at what the landscape looks like.

Talk about LIV Golf, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and has rocked the sport to its core, has dominated the build-up to the year’s third major.

The PGA Tour has suspended members who signed up to play with LIV Golf and said any others who make the jump will face the same fate but Whan feels it is best if the USGA holds off on taking any drastic measures.

“I’ve seen a lot of things get started in the game, a lot of things, maybe nothing with this amount of noise or this amount of funding behind it, but I’ve also seen a lot of those things not be with us a couple years later, so don’t know where this will lead or where it will go,” Whan said.

“My job is to continue to bring in cohesion to the game, and I’m not going to stop doing that, but one event doesn’t change the way I think about the future of the sport.”

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