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R&A removes ‘no-readmission’ policy

Golf’s R&A is set to remove its ‘no-readmission’ policy for those with tickets to the Open.

The first major to benefit will be St Andrews in 2022, where golf fans will be able to leave the event and return on the same day for the first time since 2017. Previously, some fans had been left annoyed as being stuck within the course resulted in forking out more money for food and drink. 

Businesses surrounding the Open were also left in the cold as they felt they could not benefit from their location holding the tournament. If ticket holders wanted to leave the venue, they would have to pay to re-enter or not return. 

An R&A spokesperson said: “We have reviewed our no-readmission policy following the Open at Royal St George’s and believe it has proved effective in deterring unofficial hospitality providers and protecting fans. 

“In light of this, we have decided to amend the policy for the 150th Open at St Andrews and future championships so that ticket holders will be able to come and go from the venue. We will monitor the situation closely, however, and if these problems re-occur we will consider reinstating the policy.” 

The policy originally came into play in 2017 for the event at Royal Birkdale in Southport, Merseyside. Venues after St Andrews in 2022 will also benefit from the change, with Royal Liverpool set to stage the Open in 2023 and Royal Troon in Scotland holding the event in 2024. 

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