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NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Greg Norman as soon as talked about taking part in within the British Open subsequent week. Now he does not even get to attend the dinner at St. Andrews for previous champions.

Norman, who gained the Open at Turnberry in 1986 and at Royal St. George’s in 1993, would have been eligible for the four-hole “Celebration of Champions” exhibition that takes place solely at St. Andrews, together with the Champions’ Dinner.

The R&A stated Saturday it contacted Norman to inform him “we determined to not invite him to attend on this event.”

“The a hundred and fiftieth Open is an especially necessary milestone for golf and we need to be certain that the main focus stays on celebrating the championship and its heritage,” the R&A stated. “Sadly, we don’t imagine that will be the case if Greg had been to attend.”

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Norman has been seen as a disruptor in golf as CEO of the Saudi-funded LIV Golf sequence that’s paying as a lot as $150 million to signal former main champions like Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau and staging 54-hole occasions with a shotgun begin that pay $25 million in prize cash.

The PGA Tour has suspended gamers who’ve signed up for the insurgent league, and the European tour is fining its gamers 100,000 kilos ($120,000) for every LIV occasion they play.

Norman described the choice as “petty” to Australian Golf Digest.

“I’m dissatisfied. I might have thought the R&A would have stayed above all of it given their place in world golf,” he stated. “(It’s) petty, as all I’ve accomplished is promote and develop the sport of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for greater than 4 a long time.”

Norman already rubbed the R&A the unsuitable manner with an interview earlier this yr with Australia-based Information Corp. wherein he stated he was filling out his entry kind for the a hundred and fiftieth Open and “I feel I can nonetheless get in.”

It led the R&A to problem a press release that stated, “Now we have no plans for any extra exemptions.”

Norman is 67 and previous Open champions are exempt solely till they’re 60. His last yr of eligibility was in 2015 at St. Andrews. He selected to not play, saying he hadn’t practiced sufficient and he did not really feel proper about taking a spot within the subject from a youthful participant.

The R&A didn’t deny exemptions for eligible gamers, following the choice of the USGA for the U.S. Open due to the open nature of their majors. There are 23 gamers within the subject at St. Andrews who performed within the final LIV Golf occasion.

It was not clear if Norman meant to be at St. Andrews. The R&A stated it was responding to inquiries in releasing a press release that ended, “We hope that when circumstances enable Greg will be capable to attend once more sooner or later.”

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