LIV Golfers Call for Immediate World Ranking Points for Rebel Series Events

LIV Golfers Call for Immediate World Ranking Points for Rebel Series Events

Dustin Johnson tees off the 18th tee during the final round of the Chicago LIV Invitational golf tournament at Rich Harvest Farms. – Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

LIV golfers, including Ian Poulter and Lee Westwood, have pushed world ratings chief Peter Dawson to hand over the official status of the Saudi-funded circuit “in a positive and speedy manner”, claiming that denying the series the Access to major points is similar to England. be excluded from the FIFA ranking.

In an open letter signed by LIV’s 50-signed players, Dawson, chairman of the Official World Golf Rankings board and former CEO of the R&A, is urged to protect “the integrity of the rankings and the game” and override members. of the board that professionals imply they are biased.

There are eight representatives from the panel, including PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, CEO of the DP World Tour, formerly the European Tour, and players are apparently just as upset with that composition as LIV boss Greg Norman. .

‘Other board members have made unfairly harsh comments about LIV’

“We are concerned that members of your Governing Board are in conflict and are preventing OWGR from acting as it should,” he said. “Four of the eight members have connections to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an antagonist.

“Other Board members have made unfairly harsh comments about LIV, with one calling the organization ‘not credible.’ The current overwrought environment makes your own judgment crucial.”

Team Captain Cameron Smith of Punch GC poses with LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman after winning the individual title during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational - Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 18, 2022 in Sugar Grove, Illinois - Getty Images North America

Team Captain Cameron Smith of Punch GC poses with LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman after winning the individual title during day three of the LIV Golf Invitational – Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 18, 2022 in Sugar Grove, Illinois – Getty Images North America

All of the arguments in the letter have been previously made by Norman, but the fact that the players are putting their names up obviously ups the ante and the focus on Dawson. “The level of competition at the average LIV event is at least equal to the average PGA Tour event,” he said. “We know because we’ve played in both.”

“We understand that LIV Golf formally applied for admission to the OWGR in mid-July. We hope that the story we read today about the slow decision to move LIV golfers down the rankings and hurt LIV is not accurate.”

Classifications without LIV would be ‘incomplete and inaccurate’

The case of Dustin Johnson is cited. “He was ranked 13th shortly before announcing that he would be playing in LIV tournaments,” the letter read. “He is now ranked 22nd, despite finishing eighth, third, second and first in the first four LIV events. For the rankings to be accurate, DJ deserves to move up, not down.

“An OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate, 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. … We ask for a positive decision quickly.”

Rebels want ranking points awarded retroactively

They even asked Dawson to “retroactively include the results of the first five LIV Golf events,” a scenario that would see Johnson back in the top 10 and Smith replacing Rory McIlroy as world No. 2.

The chances of any of this happening in a hurry are slim and remote. Dawson is understood to insist that the process will not be rushed and that he will obey established protocols.

The rankings sit at the center of the rankings for the major leagues and the Ryder Cup and run on a two-year results analysis. OGWR regulations stipulate that LIV must meet qualifying criteria for at least one year, and in its current form LIV does not meet any of the qualifying criteria, including an average of 75 players per event over a season, a 36-hole court and an open Q-school held at the beginning of each season. LIV’s argument is that the Tours also flout these rules.

Involving players shows LIV’s growing concern about this issue. It’s a problem for their model and for attracting new recruits because players who are hit by blanket PGA Tour bans and don’t have a prior waiver will miss out on the majors after their inexorable drop in rankings. Rumor has it that this is destined to become the main legal battlefield in golf’s ever-escalating Civil War.

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