LIV Golf and Niemann raise their voices: the powerful letter in which they demand that their tournaments be considered for the world ranking
The controversy between LIV Golf and the PGA adds a new episode. After the new Tour event which was played in Chicago, the 48 players who compete in the Saudi super league, including Joaquín Niemann, wrote a letter addressed to the president of the Official World Golf Ranking requesting that the OWGR include the results of the Saudi tour events in their ranking.
In the text, the Rebels are pretty direct with the OWGR, practically demanding LIV be put on their annual lists. “To avoid discrepancies, we urge you, as true statesmen of the sport, to act appropriately to retroactively include LIV Golf event results in World Ranking calculations.begins the writing.
But he does not stop there and compares the situation with other golf tours in the world and even with some of the most important football leagues on the planet. “An OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate, which would be tantamount to excluding the Big 10, the SEC (Southeastern Conference) or American college football, or excluding Belgium, Argentina and England from the FIFA rankings.“, he finishes.
This, since for example four LIV golfers have been world number one and 21 of the last 51 big winners are part of their tournaments. “The level of competition of an average LIV event is at least equal to that of an average PGA Tour event. We know that because we’ve played in both. Every week that passes without the inclusion of LIV athletes undermines the historical value of the OWGR“, they add.
This problem led players on the new circuit to lose positions in the rankings, ultimately complicating their chance to play the Majors and even the Paris 2024 Olympics. Niemann, for example, was 21 on the planet when he left the PGA and a month later he has already dropped two places on the list. Dustin Johnson, meanwhile, dropped from 13th to 22nd in the OWGR.
The problem, yes, is that for the organization to accept this incorporation, several enemies of the tour must accept it. Without going any further, among the members of the board of directors is the commissioner of the PGA Tour, Jay Monahan.
In fact, they referenced it in the letter:The case for including LIV is strong, but we are concerned that its board members are in conflict and preventing the OWGR from doing what it should be doing. Four of the eight members have ties to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an antagonist. Other board members made unfairly harsh comments about LIV, with one calling the organization ‘not credible,’” they said.“, they finished.
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