The letter was sent to Peter Dawson, former CEO of R&A, who now chairs the OWGR board of directors which includes PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley.
“Your supervision has ensured golf’s official world rankings status as one of the sport’s most respected institutions,” reads the letter, signed by all 48 players who participated in last week’s LIV Chicago event, as well as future player Bubba Watson. and reserves. “As ranked athletes, we rely on OWGR not only to qualify for the most important events, including major events and the Olympics, but to tell us where we stand among our peers.
“Confidence in OWGR has been widespread and well deserved. To maintain confidence we urge you – as one of the true statesmen of the sport – to act appropriately to include, on a retrospective basis, the results of LIV Golf events in the calculations of the OWGR ranking. OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate. , which is the equivalent of leaving the Big 10 or the SEC out of the US university football rankings, or leaving Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings.
There are 23 rounds around the world that earn global ranking points, but many of them are small rounds or developmental circles. The system was never envisioned with a disruptor or competitor to the impact of LIV Golf, with notable players such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson defecting.
An original group of 11 players, led by Mickelson and Deschamps, sued the PGA Tour in August on antitrust grounds, and that group has now been reduced to seven players as LIV Golf has also joined the lawsuit.
This week, CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman is scheduled to meet with congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., in order to better promote the idea of a Saudi-backed institution funded by the Public Investment Fund.
Among the issues OWGR is likely to have with LIV Golf are its 48-player courses, lack of interruptions and no access to the ring. The LIV aligns with the Asian Tour, which sponsored its implementation, and set up the International Series – a series of elevated events – on the Asian Tour as a place where limited movement to and from LIV Golf could be.
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The message – sent last week – indicated Johnson has several high finishes in the LIV events, even beating British Open champion Cam Smith three weeks ago in Boston, but has fallen from 13th in the world to now 23rd.
“Over Labor Day weekend in Boston, 15 golfers who finished first or second in the four Grand Prix races, including the 2022 Golfer Champion, were defeated,” the letter read. “For ratings to be accurate, DJ deserves to go up, not down.”
Sports Illustrated On Friday I reported that LIV Golf officials are starting to get impatient with the process. While their application was submitted in July, and the process can take a year or more, LIV’s position appears to be that its players’ standing should expedite application and that they are not trying to prove whether or not they can work financially. The support of the Saudi Public Investment Fund confirms this.
LIV Golf is concerned about conflicts of interest that exist with Monahan, Pelley and the major leagues.
“The case for inclusion of LIV is strong, but we have concerns that your directors will conflict, and prevent OWGR from acting as it should,” the letter read. Four of the eight members have links to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an opponent.
Other board members made unfairly harsh remarks about LIV, with one describing the organization as “discredited”. The current stressful environment makes your judgment crucial. In your career in sports, commercial and golf management, you have built an excellent reputation for impartiality and integrity. Your work in R&A and OWGR shows that you know how to combine tradition and innovation.
Currently, OWGR is helping to mark the fields at all the Grand Slams and Olympic Games. The Masters take the Top 50 at the end of the year and two weeks before; PGA – although not mentioned – fills its field by inviting the world’s top 100 companies; The US Open has two Top 60 cuts; And the British Open has a top 50 benchmark after eight weeks.
Norman and other LIV officials acknowledged that they do not meet all 14 listing criteria, but also note that the OWGR guidelines indicate that the organization can approve or reject any application regardless.