The Open 2022 : St Andrews gears up for 150th British Open amid continuing fall from LIV series
The 150th British Open game begins at the Old Course in St Andrews on Thursday 14th July
with organizers keen to focus on a historic championship despite the ongoing fallout due to the LIV golf series.
Unlike the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, a group of Saudi-backed players are taking part in the Open this week.
"Whoever wins on Sunday will be recorded in history, and I will welcome him on the 18th green," Martin Slummers says.
"It's a golf tournament. The best players in the world play in the Open and I want to see who scores the lowest on Sunday."
The Slummers also attacked the Saudi-backed series.
Each 54-hole event provides $25 million in prize money, compared to a $14 million prize pot for this week's Open.
LIV Models stated that this is "not entirely in the best long-term interest of the game and is purely motivated by money".
At Carnoustie in 1999, Scottish Open champion Paul Lowry had the honor of playing the championship's first tee shot at 6:35 a.m. on Thursday.