The LIV Golf Tour, the large cash Saudi Arabia-driven circuit, will stay clandestine for the Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) as introduced by the physique that governs the classification by which golf is ranked.
In a letter to Greg Norman, the tour’s CEO, and Gary Davidson, chief working officer, they have been knowledgeable that the necessities governing LIV Golf, a 54-hole, no-cut, closed event, can’t be in comparison with the requirements of the opposite 24 circuits recognised by the OWGR.
“This determination to not make them eligible shouldn’t be political, it’s fully technical,” Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR, instructed the AP.
“LIV gamers are self-evidently adequate to be ranked.
“They’re simply not enjoying in a format the place they are often ranked equitably with the opposite 24 excursions and 1000’s of gamers making an attempt to compete on them.”
LIV Golf should make adjustments
To satisfy the necessities, LIV Golf should put in place a system for selling and releasing gamers, who to date solely come via million-dollar contracts, and it should regularise 72-hole tournaments.
“Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, in fact they need to be within the rating,” Dawson stated.
“We have to discover a strategy to get that finished. I hope that LIV can discover a answer – not a lot their format; that may be handled via a mathematical system – however the qualification and relegation.”
After greater than a yr of LIV’s existence, solely 5 gamers from this circuit stay on this planet prime 100: Brooks Koepka (18), Patrick Reed (62), Joaquin Niemann (64), Mito Pereira (79) and Abraham Ancer (92). Johnson is 121st and Garcia 375th.
LIV Golf’s response to world rating rejection
The response from the LIV Tour was sturdy as, in an announcement, it condemned the choice.
“Skilled golf is now with no true or world scoring and rating system,” the LIV assertion stated.
“There is no such thing as a profit for followers or gamers from the dearth of belief or readability so long as the very best participant performances will not be acknowledged.”