Jon Rahm criticizes the OWGR after LIV Golf gave up the fight for ranking points

" I didn’t think it was a good system back then, and if anything, the more time that goes on, the more it proves to be wrong.”- he said.

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Jon Rahm criticizes the OWGR after LIV Golf gave up the fight for ranking points
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Many were surprised after Greg Norman confirmed yesterday that the OWGR would stop fighting for ranking points. After a prolonged struggle, LIV Golf leaders realized they needed to change their stance and try to secure their players' participation in Majors in a different way. After being rejected again in October of last year, LIV Golf leaders understood that they would face a difficult task in ensuring points for their players. Jon Rahm, the main star of this Tour, addressed the new information and the fact that LIV was rejected in October last year before the LIV Golf Hong Kong event.

“I haven’t talked to anybody about this or seen any responses, but I’m going to be honest, I didn’t know they were still trying to get world ranking points."- Rahm said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com

Jon Rahm recalled his statement from two years ago when, during a performance at the DP World Tour, he expressed dissatisfaction with the OWGR ranking and the changes.


"I'm going to be as blunt as I can. I think the OWGR right now is laughable. Laughable, laughable, laughable. The fact that the RSM doesn't have any of the top 25 in the world but has more points than this event where we have seven of the top 25 is laughable."


This time, the Spaniard simply confirmed his opinion. Rahm does not understand why the OWGR has such an approach and why they operate in that way. Although it was not a topic related to LIV Golf back then, Rahm was not happy with the distribution of points and the changes that occurred. However, now OWGR points concern Rahm, who, truth be told, will not have any issues participating in Majors for the next five years after his victory at the Masters last year.

“The one thing I can say is I’m going to back to what I said two years ago in the DP World Tour Championship. I didn’t think it was a good system back then, and if anything, the more time that goes on, the more it proves to be wrong.”- he continued.

Joaquin Niemann, a 26-year-old Chilean, is one of the golfers who has impressed many with his performances on LIV Golf, and he is currently considered by many to be the best golfer, at least in terms of his form. However, his ranking will not change.

Joaquin Niemann
Joaquin Niemann© Manuel Velasquez / Getty Images Sport
 

This is frustrating for many, and they believe that OWGR loses a lot of credibility because of it.

Rahm expresses his frustration with the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system and its shortcomings. He emphasizes that, in his view, amazing golfer Joaquin Niemann deserves a spot in the top 10 and is certainly a top player globally. Rahm questions the credibility of the ranking system, suggesting that anyone closely following golf can easily identify the truly exceptional players.

Bryson DeChambeau wants the leaders of golf organizations and tours to come together and find a solution

His colleague, Bryson DeChambeau, also seems tired of the conflict and chaos that has been going on for two years. Bryson believes that everyone needs to sit down together, carefully consider what the future holds in such an atmosphere, and what they need to do in the coming days and weeks. DeChambeau wants to play with the best again and considers it crucial in the whole story. 

Fans and golfers surely want to see the top golfers in joint tournaments again, but that is impossible for now. Bryson is one of the golfers who does not hesitate to give his opinion at any moment. He hopes that the leading people in golf will indeed sit down and come to an agreement.

The leaders of the tour supported by Saudi Arabia had requested the four majors to change the qualification system. The question arises whether the leaders of these majors will indeed change their minds and allow LIV Golfers to compete. Many factors will depend on whether the response will be positive or not. Considering the current situation in LIV Golf, there are many golfers who can make a difference in the majors and increase the marketability of one of the majors. 

On the other hand, there is pressure from the media, golf fans, and many others on the leaders of the majors regarding LIV Golf and everything associated with it. Many are not optimistic that LIV Golf will receive a positive response, but given the developments of the last two years, any outcome would not be surprising for fans of this sport. 

Although the merger seemed like the best option and a confirmation that the conflict would end, the merger is becoming less and less of a topic.

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