Despite an understanding that they would likely be omitted from the current Official World Golf Rankings if they left for the LIV Golf circuit, players in the Saudi Arabia-backed league sent a letter to OWGR President Peter Dawson asking for inclusion in the current system. .
The letter, which was sent to the media on Tuesday morning, began by noting that players rely on OWGR “not just to qualify for the most important events, including the Majors and the Olympics, but to tell us where we stand among our peers.” peers,” adding that “trust in the OWGR was widespread and well-deserved.”
The note was signed by the 48 players who competed in the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago (which was won by Cam Smith), plus Bubba Watson.
Additionally, the note likened the omission to erasing the top two college football conferences from the college football rankings.
Inclusion in the OWGR is a significant talking point for the LIV, as CEO Greg Norman – who is meeting with members of Congress this week on Capitol Hill to discuss the starter circuit that features 54-hole, uncut, fast-paced tournaments and big payouts – has touted it as the last big hurdle for the circuit to move up.
“If we get the OWGR points, everything else will take care of itself,” Norman said in August.
Without the points, however, players continue to slip out of the picture for major tournaments. For example, as the note pointed out, Dustin Johnson was ranked 13th in the OWGR shortly before announcing that he would play in LIV tournaments. He is now 22nd despite finishing eighth, third, second and first in the first four LIV events. Johnson won the event in Boston, defeating 15 players who finished first or second in the top four, but continued his decline.
“Fans deserve inclusive and accurate rankings. Failure to include 48 of the world’s best golfers would mean fans are being denied what they deserve,” the letter read.