The R&A announced that players signed up for the breakaway LIV Golf Series can still play in the Open.

The PGA Tour banned everyone involved in the Saudi-backed initiative after the debut event this month, but the US Open did not.

The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews will follow this strategy in three weeks.

Since The Open began in 1860, transparency has been central to its ethos and appeal, said CEO Martin Slumbers.

“Players who are exempt or qualified for The 150th Open can compete at St. Andrews.

"We're focused on hosting a world-class competition in July and commemorating golf's history."

We'll invest The Open's revenues on golf, like we always do, to assure its success 50 years from now.

The R&A have also boosted the amount of berths available from final Open qualifying from 12 to 16 across four venues next Tuesday.

Sandy Lyle and Branden Grace will compete. Grace shot 8-under-par 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017.

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