Fifty members of LIV Golf, the Saudi-backed tour that launched in June, have jointly issued a signed statement requesting that LIV Golf tournaments earn points for the Official World Golf Ranking.
As things currently stand, LIV golf tournaments do not qualify for ranking points, meaning that players who have only competed in LIV golf events since its inception will drop down the world rankings. are going, some risking missing out on qualifying for the majors and the Olympics
The OWGR, first established in 1986, ranks players based on their position in individual tournaments over a two-year period, taking into account the strength of the field. A new ranking is calculated every week. In 2022, results from 23 world tours are included in the world rankings, but do not include results from the LIV Golf Invitational Series, which has so far held five events – one in the UK and four in the USA, due to There are three more. will be held this year, and 14 tournaments are planned for next season.
The governing board of the OWGR is chaired by former R&A Chief Executive Chairman Peter Dawson, and is headquartered at the European Tour Group’s offices at the Wentworth Club in Surrey. There are seven other directors, including representatives from the PGA of America, International Federation of PGA Tours, USGA, PGA Tour, Augusta National, R&A and DP World Tour.
In a letter to Mr Dawson, 50 signatories, including world No 2 Cameron Smith and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson, who have fallen from 13th to 22nd in the world rankings after moving to LIV Golf, demanded Results from LIV golf events are included in the OWGR ranking calculations on a retrospective basis.
The letter insists that dropping LIV Golf results from the OWGR would be tantamount to ‘dropping Belgium, Argentina and England from the FIFA rankings’.
“Every week that goes by without the participation of LIV athletes undermines the historical value of the OWGR,” the statement continued. “The case for LIV’s involvement is strong, but we have concerns that your governing board members are conflicted and are preventing the OWGR from operating as it should. Four of the eight members are from the PGA Tour. relationship, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an adversary. Other board members have made unfairly harsh comments about LIV, with one of them calling the organization ‘untrustworthy’.