LIV Golf's Request for World Ranking Points Faces Initial Rejection

"We are not at war with them. This decision not to make them eligible is not political"-Dawson said

by Sead Dedovic
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LIV Golf's Request for World Ranking Points Faces Initial Rejection
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OWGR CEO Peter Dawson disappointed LIV Golf executives and players after confirming that LIV Golf will not be awarded ranking points. Dawson sent an open letter to LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman, as well as chief operating officer Gary Davidson.

He confirmed that LIV Golf 'will not be recognized as an Eligible Golf Tour in the OWGR system.' “The Board Committee met recently to again review your OWGR submission in light of your latest responses to the Committee’s questions and concerns.

At the meeting, the Board Committee unanimously determined that at this time the LIV Tour will not be recognised as an Eligible Golf Tour in the OWGR system”. - he wrote. Peter Dawson stressed that LIV Golfers possess the skills and abilities required to earn ranking points.

However, he raised concerns about the technical aspects of awarding these points, particularly in light of the competition in which they are participating.
"We are not at war with them. This decision not to make them eligible is not political.

It is entirely technical. LIV players are self-evidently good enough to be ranked. They're just not playing in a format where they can be ranked equitably with the other 24 tours and thousands of players trying to compete on them."

Dawson on OWGR criteria

What can bring satisfaction to both LIV Golf fans and players is the acknowledgment that Dawson has left the door open to the possibility of revising the rules in the future.

“We are not here to say that OWGR criteria are the only way to play. We have to change and be flexible and do what’s best. It’s very unfortunate. We are now ranking players who play on tours that conform to OWGR criteria.

That means some players aren’t being ranked playing LIV events. That’s diminishing the rankings. No doubt about that. We need to get it fixed”.

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