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Greg Norman denied special exemption into The Open

Greg Norman takes a swing during the QBE Shootout Pro-Am on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021 at the Tibur  n Golf Club in Naples, Fla.Ndn 20211208 Qbe Shootout Pro Am 0100
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The R&A rejected a request by Greg Norman to play at the 150th Open Championship this July at St Andrews, Australian Golf Digest reported Friday.

The governing body that oversees the Open stood by its requirements that past champions must be 60 years old or younger or have won the Open in the previous 10 years in order to receive an exemption.

Norman, 67, won the Open in 1986 and 1993 for his two career major titles.

“I’m disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is the 150th Open,” Norman told Australian Golf Digest. “I have been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year — twice.”

The Australian has been making headlines in his position as the CEO of LIV Golf Investments, which has accepted financial backing from Saudi investors to launch a deep-pocketed alternative to the PGA Tour called the LIV Golf Invitational Series. The series will launch next month with a tournament in London.

–Field Level Media