The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) is planning to introduce an update to its world ranking calculation algorithm next week but at this time it does not take into account the LIV Golf Invitational Series. The controversial circuit, led by Greg Norman and financed by the Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia, is still undecided regarding its request for eligibility for world points formulated during The Open.
The changes announced by the body in charge of the men's world ranking, the outline of which can be found here, plan to count the points scored on 23 circuits.
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Obviously, this could have repercussions on the next Major tournaments since this ranking serves as the basis for the composition of the field of players in the 4 Grand Slam tournaments.
For example, at the Augusta Masters in April 2023, the invitations sent at the end of December and the week preceding the tournament concern the players in the world's top 50 to date. Even if Augusta has not yet taken a position on the former winners who benefit from an exemption, and this whatever their classification, it is rumored that Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bubba Watson or Charl Schwartzel would not be welcome.
in Georgia the second week of April. For his part, Greg Norman is doing everything possible to tip the scales on his side. In a discussion with Martin Slumbers, the Managing Director of the Royal and Ancient, he felt that members of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) Board of Directors who had made negative comments about the LIV Golf Invitational Series should not be allowed to vote for or against the inclusion of the dissident circuit in the world ranking.
Since then, Slumbers, who had previously shown no opposition to LIV Golf, said that LIV Golf's tournament format (54 holes, no cut and shot gun) made the request for inclusion in the ranking "not credible"
Official World Golf Rankings is a system for evaluating the performance level of professional golfers. It was introduced in 1986, supported by the four major tournaments and six professional tours that make up the International Federation of PGA Tours, namely PGA Tour, European Tour, Asian Tour, PGA Tour of Australasia, Japan Golf Tour and Sunshine Tour.
points also for good final places in the following tours: Web.com Tour, Challenge Tour, PGA Tour Canada, OneAsia Tour, Korean Tour, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, Asian Development Tour, PGA Tour China, Alps Tour, Nordic Golf League, PGA EuroPro Tour , ProGolf Tour, MENA Golf Tour.