There will be no official world golf ranking points awarded to LIV Golf.

There will be no official world golf ranking points awarded to LIV Golf.

 

LIV golfers will still not receive Official World Golf Rankings points despite a rigorous application process, primarily due to the event’s 48-player, locked-field design.

The Official World Golf Ranking has rejected the LIV Golf League’s request for world ranking points.

Peter Dawson, the OWGR board of directors’ chairman, stated in an interview with the Associated Press that the organization struggled with the 48-player locked field concept and trying to reconcile that with the other tours around the world that are accredited.

Dawson told the AP in an interview that “We are not at war with them.”.
“It is not political to deny them eligibility.
The whole thing is technical.
Obviously good enough to be ranked are LIV players.
Simply put, they’re not playing in a way that allows them to be compared fairly to the other 24 tours and the thousands of players who compete on them.
“.

LIV Golf did not satisfy the requirements set forth by the OWGR, according to Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR board of directors.

In a letter that was sent at nine in the morning and was addressed to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman and COO Gary Davidson, the OWGR posted the letter there for readers to read.
m. ET on Tuesday, Dawson stated: “The Board Committee met recently to review your OWGR submission once more in light of your most recent responses to the Committee’s inquiries and worries.
The OWGR Board Committee unanimously decided at the meeting that the LIV Tour will not currently be recognized as an Eligible Golf Tour.
“.

In addition to PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, and Keith Waters of the International Federation of PGA Tours, the OWGR board is made up of representatives from each of the four major championships.
Due to a potential conflict of interest, those three withdrew from the LIV Golf decision.

 

LIV Golf put in a bid in July 2022 and occasionally criticized the point-awarding process for taking too long.
Although the OWGR’s own rules state that the board may act to accept or reject any bid regardless of timing, the process can typically take a year.

This week, LIV Golf is competing in Jeddah, where it will name a season-long individual champion and place its 12 teams in preparation for the Team Championship in Miami the following week.
For the OWGR, the 48-player fields with no cut and the same field each week, as well as the team component that can affect individual play, have been a problem.

Having 36-hole cuts and an average field size of less than 75 players, according to Dawson, are not absolute requirements.

 

The set fields changed from week to week more.
There isn’t any weekly qualifying for LIV Golf events right now.
Following this season, the league will “relegate” the bottom four players—who are not under contract—and hold an unannounced Promotions event in which three players will be inducted into the league for the following season.
Currently serving as the International Series Order of Merit’s top player is former U.
S.
The next year, Andy Ogletree, the amateur championship winner, will join the LIV Golf League.

 

The absence of points for the LIV events has caused players like Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau to see a sharp decline in their world rankings outside of the top 100.
Both Cam Smith, who won the British Open in 2017, and Brooks Koepka, who won the PGA Championship this year, are still among the top 20 golfers in the world.
However, they would undoubtedly be ranked higher if they were awarded any kind of points for competing in LIV tournaments.
Only six LIV players are among the top 100 in the OWGR.

Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson should undoubtedly be ranked, said Dawson.
“We must figure out a way to accomplish that.
I’m hoping that LIV can come up with a solution for qualification and relegation, rather than their format, which can be solved by a formula.
“.

Sports Illustrated’s SI World Golf Rankings, which awards points to golfers on all professional world tours as well as LIV golfers, was introduced last February. 22 LIV golfers are currently ranked among the top 100 according to the SIWGR, including Johnson and Garcia.

LIV may reapply for OWGR points, and it appears that in order to maintain accreditation, changes to its access system will be required.

The “framework agreement” between the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and the Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund, which finances LIV Golf, is another problem. A Dec.
There is a March 31 deadline to reach a final agreement, but it has been suggested that it might be postponed.
One of the issues is how LIV Golf relates to the agreement.

 

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