Gooch hoping this year’s British Open won’t be his last

by | Jul 15, 2022 | Sports

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — None of the golfers who have opted to join the Saudi-funded breakaway series know if they will be allowed to keep playing at the sport’s four biggest events.Talor Gooch is preparing himself for that outcome.The 30-year-old American, who drew a lot of stick from his fellow players for comparing the atmosphere at the LIV Golf series to the Ryder Cup, shot a 3-under 69 on Friday in the second round on the Old Course at the British Open, taking him to 7 under overall.“I mean, it would be a cool one to go out on. Hopefully not, though,” Gooch said, adding he and former college teammate Wyndham Clark were discussing the situation over the last few days. “I’d like to think that the majors would like to have the best players in the world playing in their events in spite of everything that’s going on, but obviously that’s not up to me.“Hopefully this won’t be my last one.”On Wednesday, R&A chief Martin Slumbers spoke about the LIV series and threatened to change the British Open criteria, possibly making it more difficult for some players to gain entry to golf’s oldest championship. He said “there is no such thing as a free lunch.”Gooch is one of the dozens of players who have joined LIV Golf, causing a rift in the sport. And he made things more testy this month after the second event in O …

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