Justin Thomas on LIV Golf members trying to get OWGR points: 'I don't understand'

Justin Thomas on LIV Golf members trying to get OWGR points: ‘I don’t understand’

LIV Golf members are still unable to earn Official World Golf Rankings points at their events, something that will start to hurt players on the Saudi-backed circuit.

However, in the eyes of Justin Thomas, only they are to blame.

Thomas, speaking before the Presidents Cup this week at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, doesn’t understand why they’re so upset. They knew this was going to happen.

“I mean, I don’t understand. It’s very obvious and it’s written right in front of them,” Thomas said. “Naturally, they want the best for themselves, just like the decision they made to go there.”

The 48 players who competed in last week’s LIV Golf event near Chicago signed a letter to OWGR President Peter Dawson this week trying to get available ranking points for the league.

They even came to be compared to the Big Ten and the SEC.

“An OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate,” they wrote, “the equivalent of leaving the Big 10 or the SEC out of the US college football rankings, or leaving Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings… rankings that are inclusive and accurate. Not including 48 of the best golfers in the world would mean fans are being denied what they deserve.”

The OWGR does not have a timetable for its decision. LIV Golf members, which include several top golfers and many recent major championship winners, will soon begin plummeting down the rankings. That will make it increasingly difficult for them to qualify for future majors and other events outside of the LIV Golf circuit.

While Thomas said he understands why they would want the ranking points, and admits the ranking system may be wrong in the future, he doesn’t think that means they should just get the points.

After all, he said, there are already rules and systems in place, which again, he noted, LIV Golf members were aware of when they left the PGA Tour.

“Hey, if I was in the same situation, I’d like to, but that doesn’t necessarily make it right,” Thomas said. “The governing bodies have created a system for a reason, and that is to try to create the best possible system to determine the best players in the world.

“Now, yeah, is it going to be biased because some of the top players aren’t going to be there? Yeah. But that’s their fault for making the decision that they did, and they knew very, very well that there was a good chance they wouldn’t have any world ranking points, and they took a chance.

“In my opinion, that’s their fault.”

Justin Thomas believes LIV Golf members have only themselves to blame for their lack of OWGR points. (AP/Chris Carlson)

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