LIV Golf Withdraws Request for World Ranking Points, Announces Commissioner and CEO Greg Norman in Letter to Members

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LIV Golf has announced its decision to retract its request for its tournaments to be included in the world ranking points system. This news was disclosed in a communication to its members by Greg Norman, the commissioner and CEO of the Saudi Arabia-financed league, on Tuesday.

Initially, LIV Golf had sought approval from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) body in July 2022 to have its events recognized for world ranking points, which are crucial for qualifying for the four major golf tournaments. However, this application was turned down in October 2022.

Norman, in his correspondence with the league members, expressed his commitment to advocating for the players' achievements to be acknowledged within the existing rankings framework. He mentioned, "Despite our extensive efforts to champion your cause and secure recognition of your achievements in the current ranking system, the OWGR has demonstrated a reluctance to engage with us constructively."



The rejection from OWGR in October was partly due to the unique format of LIV Golf's events, which include 54-hole competitions without cuts for 48 players. Nevertheless, the OWGR suggested that these differences could be accommodated through a specific mathematical formula.

Norman criticized the current ranking system for favouring players who compete regularly on "Eligible Tours" and suggested that it disproportionately benefits those on the PGA Tour. He advocated for an independent ranking system that reflects the evolution and modernization of the sport. Norman committed to continuing his efforts to ensure LIV Golf players have representation at major tournaments.

"Our aim has always been to enable fans to witness the world's top players competing in premier tournaments," Norman stated. "We are actively seeking to establish open dialogues and relationships with the major tournaments to guarantee fair representation for LIV golfers and to offer fans globally the chance to enjoy the highest calibre of competition."



Despite the lack of world ranking points, qualified LIV Golf players have been permitted to participate in the majors, thanks to their previous achievements. However, the inability to earn points moving forward may impact their eligibility in the future. Currently, four LIV players rank among the world's top 50: Jon Rahm (3), Tyrrell Hatton (17), Brooks Koepka (30), and Cam Smith (50). Additionally, Joaquin Niemann, another LIV player, recently received a special invitation to the Masters following his impressive performances.

LIV Golf is set to continue its season at the Hong Kong Golf Club this week, maintaining its presence in the competitive golf landscape despite the ongoing challenges with world ranking recognition.


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