DP World Tour pro Richie Ramsay and LIV Golf star Lee Westwood have both hit out at St Andrews Links' new college event that will comprise of four distinguished universities in the United States competing on the historic Old and Jubilee Courses at St Andrews this October.
Ramsay, 40, is a four-time winner on the DP World Tour with an impressive record as an amateur having won the Scottish Amateur (2004), Irish Amateur (2005) and US Amateur (2006).
The Scot took to Twitter to vent his frustration at seeing the Home of Golf confirm a new partnership with NBC Sports this October to host an event solely for US universities (Georgetown, North Carolina, Notre Dame and Vanderbilt).
Sky Sports will also be providing coverage of the tournament in the UK.
So u putting on a college event but don’t invite a UK university ??????????? Please explain this https://t.co/iy4i6YQF1k— Richie Ramsay (@RamsayGolf) July 26, 2023
LIV Golf's Westwood, who needs little introduction with 25 wins on the European Tour including three Order of Merit / Race to Dubai titles, also chimed in to the thread.
The tournament, which will be known as the St Andrews Links Collegiate moving forwards, will be presented by both TopGolf and World Wide Technology.
Is there a reason that a UK university hasn’t been invited?— Lee Westwood (@WestwoodLee) July 26, 2023
The news has not sat well with a number of golf fans, either.
"NBC didn't realize the UK had universities," read one irate tweet.
Another golf fan commented: "Which UK universities are represented? Seriously, get it together."
"Where do you start with this announcement?" wrote one golf fan bluntly.
Where do you start with this announcement ?— Amateur Golf Bible (@GolfBible) July 26, 2023
The St Andrews Links article reads as follows:
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