CHARLOTTE, NC – LIV Golf continues to push against the professional golf establishment, this time in a letter sent by 50 players who have joined the Saudi-backed league and are pushing for the starting circuit to receive world ranking points.
LIV events applied for inclusion in the world rankings in July, and at the time, officials said the inclusion process could take up to a year.
“There is no specific time. It’s going through a process and an evaluation,” Peter Dawson, president of the world rankings, said last month. “It will take as long as it takes. In the past, things have taken quite a few months, if not a year. That’s not to say it will happen this time, we’ll just have to wait and see. … I am determined that the LIV application gets a fair hearing.”
In the letter sent last Friday and signed by the 48 players who played last week’s LIV event in Chicago, as well as a non-playing backup captain, the players state that “the level of competition at the average LIV event is least equal to that of the average PGA Tour event.”
“A [world ranking] without LIV it would be incomplete and inaccurate, the equivalent of knocking the Big 10 or the SEC out of the US college football rankings, or knocking Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings,” the letter said. .
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The example given by LIV Golf was Dustin Johnson’s free fall in the rankings. The former World No. 1 was ranked No. 13 when he joined LIV earlier this summer, but has since dropped to No. 22.
“They knew when they signed that contract and they took all that money that could come in the future for them,” Billy Horschel said Tuesday at the Presidents Cup. “As I said at the beginning, they had to weigh those decisions and what could be the result of going there and the things that they might not get in the future. They made that decision to sign the contract and take the money.”
LIV Golf also joined an antitrust lawsuit against the PGA Tour last month in the US District Court for the Northern District of California alleging, among other things, that the tour has abused its monopoly power and anti-competitive practices.