Greg Norman’s request for a special exemption to play in the July Open Championship at the Old Course in St. Andrews has been denied, according to a report by Australian Golf Digest.
The Open Championship allows exemptions for champions aged 60 or younger, or for those who have won within the previous 10 years. Norman, at 67, failed to qualify and was denied his application.
Norman made headlines earlier this spring when he said “I think I can still participate” and added that he was filling out his registration form. This led to the R&A issuing a statement, although not mentioning Norman by name, saying: “The entry requirements for The Open state that a champion must be 60 years of age or younger or have won the championship in the previous 10 years to be exempt. from qualifying. This remains the case for the 150th Open, and we have not planned any additional exemptions. »
Yet, according to Australian Golf Digest, Norman wrote to the governing body with his plea for a special request but was recently turned down, a spokesperson confirmed to Australian Golf Digest.
“We responded to him,” the spokesperson said. “There is no change in our position.”
Contacted by Australian Golf Digest, Norman said: “I am disappointed with their decision, especially as this is the 150th Open. I have been a strong supporter of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Golf Champion of the Year – twice.
Norman, who will likely remain busy this summer with the LIV Golf Invitational Series kicking off, last played the Turnberry Open in 2009.