LIV Golf and OWGR, a real twist changes all
by ANDREA GUSSONI | VIEW 7798
If 2022 was the year that sparked change in the world of professional golf, 2023 is certainly not opening up in a minor way.
LIV Golf and OWGR
The last few weeks have been characterized by more or less piqued verbal exchanges between the protagonists of the two confrontations that held the court last season.
The one between LIV Golf and the DP World Tour, with less bright tones, which will have a turning point on February 6th, when at the Sports Resolution Arbitration and Media Center in London the Arbitration Board will proceed with the hearings of the applicant LIV players against the provision hired at the time against them by the European Tour Board (it is yesterday's news that Sergio Garcia, Branden Grace and Charl Scwartzel have withdrawn from the dispute, NDR).
The story on the main front is more complicated, that of the clash between the Suadita League and the PGA Tour. Here the times of the procedural process are much longer, without considering that the active causes are different.
But, in all this, a piece of news has arrived, first reported by The Telegraph. A real twist in the still unresolved question of the request for the award of points valid for the OWGR presented by LIV Golf. As we know, the World Ranking Board consists of eight members.
Keith Pelley, CEO of the DP World Tour, has disclosed a fact of considerable importance. “At the last OWGR Board meeting, myself, Jay Monahan (PGA Tour Commissioner) and Keith Waters (DP World Tour COO and President of the International Federation of PGA Tours) removed ourselves (from the deliberation process, NDR) and now a separate Committee, made up of representatives of the organizations that manage the four Majors, will decide on the request" “I have not analyzed LIV Golf's request, and therefore have not expressed any opinion on it” "So as long as LIV Golf is in place, we will not be involved in the matter." Conflict of interest has been a problem raised for some time by LIV Golf executives.
The step back of the three members involved in the disputes between Tours should facilitate the decision-making process. Now the ball is in the hands of representatives from the USGA, PGA of America, Augusta National and the R&A.
The organizers of the four most important tournaments in the world have the future of the league led by Greg Norman in their hands.