The Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) board rejected LIV Golf’s software to get rating factors on Tuesday.
The Saudi-backed league requested final 12 months to be included within the rating system, however the OWGR dominated that it couldn’t pretty measure LIV towards the opposite excursions — 24 of them — that the board has within the system.
The board cited lack of turnover within the league as a job in its choice. LIV additionally performs group golf and 54-hole occasions, versus 72 holes in principally particular person play within the PGA.
“We aren’t at battle with them,” Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR board, mentioned of LIV Golf. “This choice to not make them eligible is just not political. It’s fully technical. LIV gamers are self-evidently ok to be ranked. They’re simply not enjoying in a format the place they are often ranked equitably with the opposite 24 excursions and hundreds of gamers attempting to compete on them.”
Nevertheless, in a press release of their very own, LIV says the OWGR is failing to make good on their principal aim.
“OWGR’s sole goal is to rank the perfect gamers throughout the globe. Right this moment’s communication makes clear that it could not ship on that goal,” LIV mentioned Tuesday.
“Gamers have traditionally remained topic to a single world rating to qualify for Main Championships, the largest occasions, and for company sponsor contract worth. A rating which fails to pretty signify all individuals, regardless of the place on the planet they play golf, robs followers, gamers and all of golf’s stakeholders of the target foundation underpinning any correct recognition of the world’s finest participant performances. It additionally robs some conventional tournaments of the perfect fields attainable,” it continued.
“Skilled golf is now and not using a true or world scoring and rating system. There is no such thing as a profit for followers or gamers from the dearth of belief or readability so long as the perfect participant performances usually are not acknowledged.”
LIV golfers have been capable of purchase FedEx Cup factors, however solely within the 4 majors. In addition they had been eligible to play within the Ryder Cup, however solely Brooks Koepka was chosen to play. He was a captain’s choose for Staff USA, which misplaced to Europe, 16.5-11.5.
LIV Golf, which has two occasions left in its second season, has 48 gamers competing over 54 holes with no reduce and a $20 million purse, with an extra $5 million awarded in a simultaneous group competitors.
Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Cameron Smith, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed are a few of the greatest names that defected from the PGA Tour to hitch LIV.
The PGA Tour, the European tour and the Saudi backers of LIV Golf (the Public Funding Fund) are figuring out a industrial partnership that was introduced in June. One of many provisions is evaluating the way forward for group golf.
The Related Press contributed to this report.