As the global governing body of golf (outside the US and Mexico), The R&A deplores the actions of Russia in Ukraine and stands by the people of Ukraine and our friends at the Ukrainian Golf Federation.
04 Mar 22
We have considered the situation in the context of our direct responsibilities for governance, for staging golf events and for developing and investing in the sport around the world.
The R&A fully supports the recommendations of the IOC and the International Golf Federation in excluding Russia and Belarus from international team championships.
The R&A is not currently expecting entries from Russian or Belarusian golfers in scheduled R&A-qualifying events, championships or international matches in the upcoming season, professional or amateur. In the event that we were to receive entries, we would decline.
We are reviewing the implications for matters such as international rankings and the World Handicap System.
The R&A will contribute to a humanitarian aid fund and we will offer direct support to the Ukrainian Golf Federation.