More than two weeks have passed since the last announcement of the signing by new players made by LIV Golf. Cameron Smith (reigning Champion Golfer of the Year), Mark Leishman, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Joaquin Niemann and Anirban Lahiri joined the league led by Greg Norman at the event held in Boston.
Since then there has been no news of new signatures, as well as the rumors about new negotiations. It would appear that the LIV Golf has lost its appeal. But there is a reason, and I'm not talking about the major changes announced by the PGA Tour for next season.
The reason is called Official World Golf Ranking. As we have seen, the request for recognition by LIV Golf for the purposes of the world ranking is still pending. This obviously represents a problem, given that access to the most important tournaments, starting with the Majors, also passes through the OWGR points that a player can accumulate.
And here comes the interesting part. As reported by a British industry media, a number of PGA Tour players, including top players (one also took part in the recently concluded Presidents Cup), are waiting for 2023 to join LIV Golf.
This will guarantee a sufficient number of World Points to maintain a place within the Top 50 for the 2022/2023 season and, consequently, the possibility of qualifying for the Majors. This regardless of what the verdict will be regarding the LIV Golf application for OWGR recognition.
If all this were confirmed, the ongoing legal battle between PGA Tour and DP World Tour on the one hand and LIV Golf on the other would also lose importance. The games are still open. Quite open. 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.