LIV Golf players petition for Official World Golf Ranking status

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Last week, 50 players signed a letter to the head of the golf world rankings, requesting that their results be included in the rankings, retroactively, from the time Saudi-backed competition department He applied for this status for the first time on July 6.

4-Ice GC captain Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning the LIV Golf Invitational - Boston on the first playoff hole at The Oaks Golf Course at The International September 4, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.

4-Ice GC captain Dustin Johnson celebrates after winning the LIV Golf Invitational – Boston on the first playoff hole at The Oaks Golf Course at The International September 4, 2022 in Bolton, Massachusetts.
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“OWGR without a LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate, which is the equivalent of leaving a Big 10 or SEC out of the US college football rankingsOr leave Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings.”

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Among those who have petitioned the organization Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson and 48 other golfers participated in the fifth LIV Golf Championship last weekend in Chicago.

According to the Golf Channel, players claimed that “the level of competition in the average LIV event is at least equal to that in the average PGA Tour event.”

LIV CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman fans as they walk to the first tee during the final round of the LIV Golf Invitational Series Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

LIV CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman fans as they walk to the first tee during the final round of the LIV Golf Invitational Series Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.
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LIV Golf 13 has top 50 players on its tour but add Cameron Smith, Who was second at the time, sent shock waves through the golf community.

“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league attracts the best players in the world and will grow the game into the future for the next generation,” Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner at LIV Golf, said in a statement at the time. “The best and the smartest continue to embrace the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we’re building – a tangible league of team golf that will connect with new audiences around the world.”

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, presents the trophy to team captain Cameron Smith of Punch GC after winning the LIV Golf Invitational - Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 18, 2022, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.

Greg Norman, CEO and Commissioner of LIV Golf, presents the trophy to team captain Cameron Smith of Punch GC after winning the LIV Golf Invitational – Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 18, 2022, in Sugar Grove, Illinois.
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The Masters since 1999 have called the year-end top 50, while the US Open and British Open also use world rankings as the primary criterion for qualification. The PGA Championship has a history of inviting the top 100, although it falls under “special invitations”.

“How can such a system disqualify players competing at such high levels against some of the year’s strongest fields for big bags in such high profile events?” The letter said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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