LIV Golf faces obstacles in applying for points in the world rankings

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Ernie Els bats in 1st place on Sunday, June 26, 2022 in the final round of the US Senior Open at the Saucon Valley Country Club in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (Joseph Scheller / The Morning Call via AP)

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Although the second series of the LIV Golf Invitational is embarking on the first of four consecutive events in the United States, an important part of its future will take place in Scotland in two weeks.

In St. During the British Open, Andrews will meet the official committee of the World Golf Rankings, followed by a meeting of the OWGR Technical Commission. The program is likely to include whether the Saudi-funded league of 48-member courses at 54-hole events should earn leaderboard points.

This assumes that by then the application of LIV Golf for inclusion in the OWGR system will be accepted.

Greg Norman, who heads LIV Golf, has already suggested that PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan give up the decision. Monahan is part of an eight-member panel that includes executives from the European tour, the PGA of America, the USGA, R&A, Augusta National and the International Federation of PGA Tours. The board is chaired by former R&A chief Peter Dawson.

However, there are several potential obstacles in the guidelines for potential newcomers.

One is that each tournament must have at least 54 holes with a 36-hole cut or must conform to appropriate formats. LIV Golf has no cut.

The OWGR guidelines state a standard format of 72 holes, with 54 holes acceptable “for those tournaments that earn less than 12 minimum points in first place.” In other words, a stable diet with 54-hole events is typical of development tours or off-season series such as Vodacom Origins of Golf in South Africa.

The guidelines also state that tournaments must have an average of 75 fields during the season. This could be a problem for a circuit that supports 48-member arrays. LIV Golf has invested $ 300 million in the Asian Tour and has four “International Series” tournaments this year. She could claim these fields as part of her league and reach a minimum.

Perhaps the biggest obstacle is the requirement that the new inspection meet the guidelines for at least one year before it is adopted. LIV Golf has changed or postponed plans for a full schedule and the formation of teams and ensuring stability could be the key to obtaining approval.

Of course, the OWGR also states that the board may accept or reject any new tour, regardless of the fulfillment, and change the criteria at its discretion. That’s a lot of gray.

And if LIV Golf is accepted, there will still be a change in the OWGR assessment formula, starting in August, before the fourth LIV event.

The new system will determine the strength of the field using a calculation based on a statistical evaluation of each player in the field, not just those of the current 200 in the world. Gone will be the minimum number of points awarded for different tours.

Portland Field has 13 players out of the top 200.

Meanwhile, Ian Poulter arrives at the event in Portland in 96th place and risks falling out of the top 100 for the first time in five years. Lee Westwood is in 87th place. Both are at the British Open. Without ranking points, they will not be able to participate in major tournaments without open qualifying.

UNCERTAIN TIMES

Ernie Els and Jim Furyk are not candidates for the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series. They are still interested in where golf is headed, especially how the increase in cash prizes on the PGA Tour can affect PGA Tour champions.

“I think we missed the boat, and that’s really sad for some of these boys, because these boys have been supporting these tours throughout their careers, in some cases for almost 40 years,” Els said. “We would like to see our Champions Tour grow. We have great sponsors, good support, but for many people these are scary times. ”

Furyk is in 4th place in the career money rankings on the PGA Tour with just over $ 71 million. He follows Dustin Johnson, who is no longer listed because he has given up his membership to join LIV Golf.

“I played my career there, I made a living. There is my heart. So I’m worried, “said Furyk. “Then yes, some kind of dripping effect.” How will this affect us from PGA Tour champions and spectators over 50? I feel like we’re in a really good place right now.

“There must be someone a little smarter than me who will tell you how it will turn out and affect us, but to a minimal extent,” he said. “I’m really enjoying touring and playing out there, and I hope the effect isn’t really strong.”

OPEN QUALIFICATION

Criteria to be excluded from the British Open include being among the top five players who have not yet made it into the top 20 in the FedEx Cup through the Travelers Championship.

The first 20 players are already released.

These five places are probably relegated to a reserve that is based on the world rankings, and the list could be long.

In the last two weeks, your place in St. Andrews earned 118 players.

Another ten places are awarded through the best players at the Irish Open (three), the John Deere Classic (three), the Scottish Open (three) and the Barbasol Championship (one). R&A has added one extra seat to its four regional qualifiers, leaving a total of 16 seats available on Tuesday.

That would mean a total of 144 players.

Aaron Wise on no. 45 is a lock to get you off the reserve list. Currently in the world rankings (among those who are not yet excluded) are followed by Brian Harman (49th place), Sebastian Munoz (50th place), Sepp Straka (55th place) and Luke List (60th place).

Sahith Theegala, whose second place in the Travelers Championship moved to 66th place, is also in reasonable form. Another world ranking is used as a reserve list for The Open.

LANGER STREAK

Jack Nicklaus and Bernhard Langer made their 14th complete season on the senior circuit until they finally missed the cut at the major.

However, there are a few differences.

There were only four majors for Nicklaus – the Senior British Open was not part of the PGA Tour Champions program until 2002. In addition, the Golden Bear continued to play regular majors until his series of 146 consecutive majors ended at the 1998 British Open.

He graduated from 46 senior majors before missing a cut at Aroniminko in 2003 at the PGA Championship.

Langer has been in the PGA Tour Champions for 14 years and has completed 64 consecutive major tournaments – all but the Tradition and Seniors Player Championships have a cut – before missing two shots at the US Senior Open last week.

DIVOTS

The series of three international events planned by the PGA Tour in the fall will have more than 50 members. Among them will be the top 50 from the FedEx Cup, along with the best players from the fall events and additional competencies. The size of the course will probably be around 60. … The 48-member field at the LIV Golf Tournament in Oregon has 22 players who have or have had a PGA Tour membership at the beginning of the season. … In Gee Chun, the drought in South Korea ended with seven major undefeated tournaments. It was the longest such section since 2009-2011. … Players from six countries are in the top 10 men’s and women’s world rankings. … Dylan Menante, no. 11 in the world amateur standings, Wannamoisett had 62-64-64-67 laps to win the Northeast Amateur by nine shots and break the tournament record by four shots. … Annika Sorenstam will partner with Madelena Sagstrom at the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, a team event on the LPGA Tour. It will be the second LPGA-approved event to be attended by 51-year-old Sorenstam this year.

STATUS OF THE WEEK

Brian Stuard has played in every PGA Tour event he has participated in this season (28) and ranks 131st in the FedEx Cup.

FINAL WORD

“I was on both sides. As I see it, if you play the best golf, they will let you play the best tournaments. ”- Harris English, on the new PGA Tour schedule, which only the best players in the richest tournaments.

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