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Greg Norman responds after being denied Open Championship exemption

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A few weeks ago, two time British Open Champion Greg Norman applied for a special exemption to play in the 150th playing of the Open Championship at St. Andrews.

Despite the R&A publicly saying it had no plans to change it’s exemption rules for past champions or offer any additional invitations, the 67-year-old wrote them a letter hoping to get a spot in the field.

On Wednesday as reported by Australian Golf Digest, the R&A declared that they’ve responded to Norman’s letter.

“We have replied to him,’’ a spokesman for the R&A said. “There is no change to our position.’’

The tournament typically grants past champions an exemption through age 60. If a past winner comes in the top 10 of the event, they get another five years added to their exemption. This was the case with Tom Watson in 2009, when he lost in a playoff to Stewart Cink at the age of 59. This rule change allowed him to play at St. Andrews one last time in 2015.

In response to the statement from the R&A, Norman told the publication “I’m disappointed with their decision, particularly given it is the 150th Open,’’ Norman said. “I have been a staunch proponent of the R&A since 1977 and a proud Champion Golfer of the Year – twice.’’

Norman will not attempt to earn a spot in the field through an Open qualifier.

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‘Most overrated course in the world!’ – Major champ rips ‘awful’ Pinehurst No. 2

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While it’s still early in the 2024 U.S. Open, it appears that most players and fans are enjoying the test the Pinehurst No. 2 provides.

Rory McIlroy, who got off to a strong start in round one, raved about the course after shooting a bogey-free 65 (-5).

“It sort of brings me back to links golf when I was a kid a little bit. The greens are a bit more sort of slopey and there’s a bit more movement on them. But there’s options. You can chip it. You can putt it. I’d love if we played more golf courses like this.”

However, former Open Champion, Mark Calcavecchia, is not a fan of Pinehurst No. 2 and expressed those sentiments on X.

When asked to expand upon his opinion, Calcavecchia explained why he doesn’t like the course.

Round two of the U.S. Open is underway and it seems as if we will get some fireworks over the weekend.

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‘The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring’ – Brooks Koepka opts to skip media requests at U.S. Open

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After his first round at the U.S. Open, Brooks Koepka declined to have a traditional post-round interview. Instead, the five-time major champion opted to do a text message interview with Golf Channel/Golfweek’s Eamon Lynch.

Lynch’s first question was to ask why Brooks decided to do the interview over text.

“I opted not to do ‘em just because I didn’t feel like it. Same questions every week. The lack of creativity with questions is kinda boring. I know I’m not a media favorite either so it’s not like anyone will notice. LOL.”

Lynch followed up by asking if creative questions would create more “bulletin board” material for Koepka.

“No, definitely not. It’s a major. I have enough self-motivation. I could think of way more creative questions than ‘Do you think the course is borderline? What happened on those bogeys? What went well?’ Then some LIV versus PGA Tour questions.”

Koepka will look to build off of a solid first round at Pinehurst No. 2 where he shot an even-par 70.

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AimPoint under attack again as footage from U.S. Open enrages golf fans

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On Thursday’s first round of the U.S. Open, the putting technique “AimPoint” was once again under attack due to the slow play it seems to create.

The video that drew attention this time was one of Viktor Hovland and Max Homa parading around the green simultaneously.

Gabby Herzig of the Athletic wrote,

“I’ve been anti-AimPoint since my junior golf days when girls would stomp all over my line to read their 4-foot putts. We’ve reached a new level of disgrace. Literally what is happening here.”

The popular X account wrote, “Imagine playing behind these lads on a Saturday afternoon ?”

Whether or not you’re a fan of AimPoint, there’s no denying it looks a bit ridiculous at times.

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