LIV Golf players will be allowed to play US Open

Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia and Louis Oosthuizen will be allowed to play in the US Open next week.

After the shock resignation of several golfers including Dustin Johnson from the PGA Tour, and their appearance in this week’s inaugural Saudi LIV Golf Tour event in London, no one was quite sure whether they would be allowed to play in the majors.

A statement from the USGA overnight assured golfers playing in this controversial new tour will still be allowed to tee it up at Brookline next week:

USGA Statement on the 2022 U.S. Open Field

We pride ourselves in being the most open championship in the world and the players who have earned the right to compete in this year’s championship, both via exemption and qualifying, will have the opportunity to do so. Our field criteria were set prior to entries opening earlier this year and it’s not appropriate, nor fair to competitors, to change criteria once established.

Regarding players who may choose to play in London this week, we simply asked ourselves this question — should a player who had earned his way into the 2022 U.S. Open, via our published field criteria, be pulled out of the field as a result of his decision to play in another event? And we ultimately decided that they should not.

Our decision regarding our field for the 2022 U.S. Open should not be construed as the USGA supporting an alternative organizing entity, nor supportive of any individual player actions or comments. Rather, it is simply a response to whether or not the USGA views playing in an alternative event, without the consent of their home tour, an offense that should disqualify them for the U.S. Open.

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