The RA has not invited Greg Norman, a two-time Open champion, to take part in the tournament’s 150th anniversary celebrations next week because of his involvement in the LIV Golf Series.

As a result, he will not play in Monday’s Celebration of Champions event and will not attend the Champions Dinner later this week.

“We can confirm that we have contacted Greg Norman to inform him that we have decided not to invite him on this occasion,” the RA said in a statement issued on Saturday. “The 150th Open is a hugely important milestone for golf, and we want to make sure the focus is on celebrating the championship and its legacy.

“Unfortunately, we do not believe this would have been the case if Greg had been present. We hope that if circumstances permit, Greg will be able to attend again in the future.”

As CEO, Norman is the public face of the controversial Saudi-funded LIV Series, which lured players with promises of big paydays and relaxed touring schedules. Bryson DeChambeau is among the players who quit the PGA and DP World Tours, and he said he received $125 million for doing so.

“I am disappointed. I would have thought the RA would stay above all that given their standing in world golf,” Norman told Australian Golf Digest. “(It’s) a small thing because all I’ve done is promote and develop the game of golf around the world, on and off the golf course, for more than four decades.”

While the tours suspended players who moved to the LIV series, RA previously said they would be allowed to compete in the Open.

Norman has already been denied an exemption from the Open, according to the Golf Channel. Because he is over 60 years old, his automatic record as a past champion has expired.

Norman, 67, from Australia, won the tournament in 1986 at Turnbury in Scotland and in 1993 at Royal St George’s in England. This year’s tournament begins on Thursday at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.

–Field-level media

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