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The Open: Greg Norman denied invite to Celebration of Champions and Champions' Dinner by R&A

Norman, winner of The Open in 1986 and 1993, will not feature in both events at St Andrews usually available to former Champion Golfers of the Year; Australian critical of 'petty' decision - watch The Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports' dedicated Open channel

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The R&A has confirmed that it chose not to invite Greg Norman to compete in the Celebration of Champions or attend the Champions' Dinner ahead of the 150th Open.

The likes of Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Georgia Hall will all be taking part in the four-hole challenge event on the Old Course, live on Sky Sports' dedicated Open channel, but Norman - a two-time Champion Golfer of the Year - will not be competing.

Norman is the figurehead of the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series, which has caused a rift in the men's professional game, with the 67-year-old not welcome at Monday's event or the Champions Dinner the following day.

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In a statement, the R&A said: "In response to enquiries regarding The R&A Celebration of Champions field and the Champions' Dinner, we can confirm that we contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we decided not to invite him to attend on this occasion.

"The 150th Open is an extremely important milestone for golf and we want to ensure that the focus remains on celebrating the Championship and its heritage. Unfortunately, we do not believe that would be the case if Greg were to attend. We hope that when circumstances allow Greg will be able to attend again in future."

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Norman - a winner of The Open in 1986 and 1993 - had previously asked the R&A for permission to play at St Andrews despite being well outside the age limit of 60, with the Australian telling Australian Golf Digest that he was disappointed with what he called a "petty" decision.

"I would have thought the R&A would have stayed above it all given their position in world golf," Norman said. "(It's) petty, as all I have done is promote and grow the game of golf globally, on and off the golf course, for more than four decades."

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The R&A said last month that LIV players who qualified would be allowed to compete at St Andrews, including 2013 Open champion Phil Mickelson, former world No 1 Dustin Johnson and four-time major champion Brooks Koepka.

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LIV Golf has so far staged two of its planned eight events in 2022, with 2017 Open champion Jordan Spieth describing rumours that he was considering joining the breakaway circuit as "categorically untrue" on Friday evening.

While the likes of Mickelson, Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed have signed up with the Saudi-backed circuit, Spieth reiterated that he is committed to the PGA Tour and attempting to win more major titles.

In a post on his official Twitter account, the 28-year-old wrote: "Because of false reporting today, I feel the need to comment. Let me be clear, any reports that I am contemplating competing anywhere other than the PGA Tour are categorically untrue.

"I am NOT in discussions with LIV. I have been quoted on the record for months that I fully support the PGA Tour and have never considered any alternatives.

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"My goal has not changed since I began playing golf - to win PGA Tour events and major championships and to compete against the best players in the world. Those who truly know me, know what is important to me."

When is The Open live on Sky Sports?

Sky Sports The Open will show over 80 hours of live coverage from the iconic Old Course at St Andrews, more than ever before, with live programming on all seven days of tournament week and a host of bonus extra features available to enjoy.

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The waiting is almost over for the final men's major of the year, with extended coverage from The 150th Open exclusively live on Sky Sports' dedicated channel.

Live coverage from the opening two rounds will begin at 6.30am - before the opening tee shot - and run through until after play is finished, with wall-to-wall coverage live from 9am on Saturday and 8am for Sunday's final round.

There will be lots of extra action throughout all four days via the red button on Sky Sports The Open, along with Sky Q and Sky Glass, with Featured Groups and Featured Holes available to enjoy as the world's best players tackle the Home of Golf.

Watch The 150th Open throughout the week live on Sky Sports' dedicated channel. Live coverage begins on Monday with "Live From The Range" at 9am on Sky Sports The Open!

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