Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson, and Patrick Reed are among the incensed LIV Golf athletes who criticize the decision.

Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson, and Patrick Reed are among the incensed LIV Golf athletes who criticize the decision.


A large number of breakaway circuit players were dissatisfied by the decision, which resulted in the rejection of LIV Golf’s application to the Official World Golf Rankings on Tuesday.

Many LIV stars criticized the world rankings.

Many LIV Golf celebrities, including Open champion Cam Smith, have criticized the OWGR’s decision to deny the breakaway circuit’s request for ranking points.

On Tuesday, it was made official that OWGR had decided to reject LIV’s most recent application for world ranking status because the league, which is supported by Saudi Arabia, did not meet the standards set by 24 other professional tours.
Officials from LIV quickly retaliated, calling into question the legitimacy of the ranking system without taking its events into account in a scathing statement.

In the wake of the decision, several breakaway circuit athletes have criticized it as well, including Smith, the No. 1 golfer on LIV Golf. 15th in the world after signing with Greg Norman and company just over a year ago, when he was ranked second.

Toeing his tour’s line, Smith stated prior to this week’s competition in Jeddah: “I think it (the OWGR) is almost obsolete now…
We’ve got some guys out here who are playing some of the best golf in the world, but they’re outside the top 100, 200 in the world.
The situation is quite absurd.

Former Masters winner Dustin Johnson made a similar point, questioning the rationale behind the exclusion of some of the best golfers in the world from the rankings because of their status as tour players.
Johnson said, “I feel like you can’t really use the world ranking system any more.”.

“It’s difficult to use the world ranking system if you’re excluding 48 guys who are good players.
The lists are skewed.
Johnson’s 4Aces teammate Patrick Reed, another former green jacket winner, added to the criticism by calling the current ranking system “broken” because it excludes LIV events.

The world rankings, in Patrick Reed’s opinion, are “broken.”.

Until the actual world ranking accurately represents the best players in the world, he continued, “Obviously it’s disappointing…
To me, it just seems like a broken system.
It shouldn’t matter that we perform on a different tour just because.
“Their ability to compete at major championships is the main concern with regard to LIV players and their ranking.

The longer their fall, the less likely it is that they will qualify for one of the sport’s four premier competitions.
Bryson DeChambeau is one person who came up with a different idea in response to the ranking snub.
He thinks LIV should have their own qualifying standards to enter the Masters, Open Championship, and U.
S. Open and the PGA Championship.

Because we have some of the best players in the world, DeChambeau said at LIV Jeddah, “I think at this point in time now that they’re not allowing it, we would love to find another way to be integrated into the major championship system.”.
“Top 12 on the list, the money list, at the end of the year or the points list at the end of the year would be I think obvious for the major championships to host the best players in the world at those four events each year,” he said.

For LIV golfers, Bryson DeChambeau offered an alternative major qualification process.

Phil Mickelson addressed the rejection as well, telling former Masters champion Trevor Immelman on Twitter (X) that the OWGR’s choice was influenced by LIV’s prior conflict with the PGA Tour. Trevor, LIV was NEVER going to win.
Mickelson tweeted.
The PGA Tour television contract is based on owgr criteria so they can get all of their money.
Additionally, if LIV received points, they would lose negotiating power.

4) Finally, Tour has taken out a loan against the TV deal, putting them at risk of receiving a capital call right away if they don’t meet their goals and receive all of their TV money (from CBS). If you don’t think so, just ask Sean McManus.
In response to a skeptic, Mickelson continued by saying he ‘does not care’ that LIV won’t be able to award ranking points.



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