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“Accuracy of the rankings are compromised”- Greg Norman argues for LIV series to receive Official World Golf Ranking points

Greg Norman has questioned the legitimacy of the Official World Golf Ranking in a letter that he has sent to the stars of LIV Golf.

Greg Norman

In a message to LIV golfers on Wednesday, CEO and commissioner Greg Norman said the new circuit should soon get Official World Golf Ranking points. Norman said LIV Golf’s involvement in the global ranking points system is “necessary for the integrity, accuracy and fairness” for the rankings’ integrity, accuracy, and fairness.

Norman said the OWGR Technical Committee examined LIV Golf’s application during the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews. LIV Golf participants did not receive OWGR points for their first three events in London, Portland, and Bedminster.

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, who has penalized players for appearing in LIV Golf tournaments without a conflicting-event release, is an OWGR board member. Other members include DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, USGA CEO Mike Whan, R&A CEO Martin Slumbers, PGA of America executive director Seth Waugh, Augusta National Golf Club executive director Will Jones, and IFPT representative Keith Water.

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Greg Norman writes letter to OWGR Technical Committee

Greg Norman

In the letter, Norman argued that the first three LIV events would have had stronger fields than two rival tournaments on the DP World Tour and the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed, Bryson DeChambeau, and Phil Mickelson quit the PGA Tour for LIV, funded by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The Masters, PGA Championship, U.S. Open, and The Open use world ranking points to select exemptions and fields.

“These moves (and others that would have occurred) are significant for the accuracy and legitimacy of the OWGR,” Norman stated.
Johnson, a former world No. 1, fell from 13th to 21st since joining the LIV Series. Koepka is now 25th while Reed is 49th. Mickelson started the year ranked 34th but is now 104th. Norman said the LIV Series didn’t match all 14 OWGR requirements. LIV Golf competitions are 54 holes with no cuts. The BMW Championship, Tour Championship, Hero World Challenge, and World Golf Championships don’t have cuts but still earn OWGR points.

“It would be unfair to deny LIV players points when the OWGR gives other tour players points in similar, if not less competitive, circumstances,” Norman said. In 2023, LIV events will average 88 players between the LIV Golf Invitational Series and International Series, which will be co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour. LIV wants to hold a promotions event where players may “earn their playing place.” Its top five players at the end of each season will be handed a full Asian Tour card.

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