9 LIV Golf superstars set to miss the Open Championship including 2023 winner

The Open Championship takes place at Royal Troon this month – and several high-profile names will not be in the field.

LIV Golf ’s arrival as a rival to the PGA Tour divided golf and sent shockwaves throughout the world of sports, but stars who defected to the Saudi-backed circuit have been dealt a blow. Due to LIV failing to receive recognition from the Official World Golf Rankings, its players must battle through qualifying events as their berths are not secured unless via an exemption.

 players in the season-long points race, Talor Gooch will not compete at The Open. The 2023 individual LIV Golf champion spoke openly about his willingness to play in the major tournaments, but he turned down the chance to qualify for both the U.S. Open and The Open through Final Qualifying, while he also failed to receive an invite to Augusta.


On Tuesday, Sergio Garcia learned he will miss the British Open after the LIV Golf star fell two shots short in Final Qualifying at West Lancashire Golf Club. The Spaniard enjoyed a fine start to the day, carding a solid one-under-par 70 in his opening round in difficult conditions. While he improved in the second round, the Fireballs captain fell two shots short at three-under and has now failed to get through British Open qualifying in successive years. 

On Tuesday, Sergio Garcia learned he will miss the British Open after the LIV Golf star fell two shots short in Final Qualifying at West Lancashire Golf Club. The Spaniard enjoyed a fine start to the day, carding a solid one-under-par 70 in his opening round in difficult conditions. While he improved in the second round, the Fireballs captain fell two shots short at three-under and has now failed to get through British Open qualifying in successive years. 

Talor Gooch

Despite winning three times on last year’s LIV Golf circuit where he beat high-profile players in the season-long points race, Talor Gooch will not compete at The Open. The 2023 individual LIV Golf champion spoke openly about his willingness to play in the major tournaments, but he turned down the chance to qualify for both the U.S. Open and The Open through Final Qualifying, while he also failed to receive an invite to Augusta. 

Sergio Garcia

On Tuesday, Sergio Garcia learned he will miss the British Open after the LIV Golf star fell two shots short in Final Qualifying at West Lancashire Golf Club. The Spaniard enjoyed a fine start to the day, carding a solid one-under-par 70 in his opening round in difficult conditions. While he improved in the second round, the Fireballs captain fell two shots short at three-under and has now failed to get through British Open qualifying in successive years

Paul Casey

Paul Casey has not played in a major since the 2022 Open at St. Andrews. The five-time European Ryder Cup star is currently applying his trade at LIV Golf as part of Bryson DeChambeau ’s Crushers GC, and he opted not to play in Final Qualifying.

Ian Poulter

For the second year in a row, Ian Poulter turned down the opportunity to play in Final Qualifying. The beloved Englishman and Ryder Cup hero has played in 20 Open Championships, finishing second and third in 2008 and 2013 respectively. The Majesticks GC star will instead be among the home favourites at LIV Golf UK, which is held at JCB Golf Club the following week.

Lee Westwood

Despite making his debut in the over-50s majors at the U.S. Senior Open, Lee Westwood turned down the opportunity to qualify for The Open. The former world No.1 has made 27 consecutive appearances at The Open Championship from his 1995 debut, but will instead simply compete in LIV Golf where he sits 33rd after a tied-third finish in Nashville. 

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Martin Kaymer, the 2014 U.S. Open champion, will not tee off at The Open after deciding not to attend qualifying. On his return to Pinehurst No. 2 last month, Kaymer made the cut but is languishing down in 38th in the LIV Golf standings. 

Thomas Pieters

Thomas Pieters is a six-time European Tour winner, but the Rangegoats GC player will not contest a single major in 2024. The Belgian now finds himself outside the top 300 in the OWGR after his departure from the PGA Tour, while he sits in 30th in the LIV Golf standings. 

Graeme McDowell

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