LIV Golf wants to set the official golf rankings: what are the criteria, and why are they important?

Fifty Leaf Golf signed a letter despatched to the pinnacle of the world rankings of golf on Tuesday, asking the breakaway spherical for the world rating factors for its occasions.

The letter, signed by Cam Smith, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Brooks Kupka and Bryson DeChambeau, amongst others, argued that excluding LIV gamers “undermines the historic worth of OWGR.”

“About 23 rounds have been integrated into the OWGR world, with LIV taking its place amongst them,” golfers wrote to Peter Dawson, President of OWGR. “4 LIV golfers have completed (#1) within the OWGR, and one is presently (#2). The LIV roster consists of 21 winners out of 51 winners from the 4 disciplines. The extent of competitors within the common LIV occasion equals a minimum of that within the common PGA Tour occasion”.

LIV Golf utilized for admission to OWGR in mid-July, however its tournaments don’t presently obtain Rank Factors. The controversial tour consists of three extra occasions in 2022, and the subsequent one will likely be held in Bangkok from October 7-9.

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Why does OWGR matter, can a LIV be included and what occurs if it is not? Reply these questions:

What are the league standards for rating factors?

First, OWGR basically presents a picture representing a “graded” interval of two years (104 weeks). Rating factors for every occasion are derived from the whole area rankings for every event. Rating factors are then weighted to present the complete worth of the final 13 weeks to focus extra on latest performances.

The power of the sphere rankings depends upon the event itself. The 4 disciplines of golf, for instance, are ranked individually and award 100 first place factors, whereas event gamers are awarded 80 first place factors.

In the meantime, different 72-hole tournaments are topic to particular person classifications. Restricted area tournaments and invites are individually reviewed by the OWGR Technical Committee and accepted for inclusion by the Board of Administrators. Tournaments restricted to 36 holes because of dangerous climate or different causes have been diminished by 75 %.

OWGR factors standards have at all times been based mostly on 72-hole occasions with 36-hole cut-offs, a course with over 75 gamers and people with qualifying play for each the spherical itself and every particular person event. There are exceptions for developmental rounds.

How shut is LIV to assembly the requirements?

There is a purpose LIV partnered with the Asian Tour early on. This spherical has already been accepted by OWGR and LIV is dealing with uphill to get there. In its present type, that is nonetheless the case.

As Tuesday’s letter makes clear, the most important argument for LIV to be included in OWGR will not be its physique, however its expertise. It doesn’t matter what the rankings say, there isn’t any doubt that gamers like Smith, Johnson and others are among the many greatest on this planet. LIV argues that by not counting their play, the rankings lack validity. It isn’t a foul case, however when it comes to OWGR’s standards for rating factors awarded by how the competitors is formatted, LIV will not be suitable.

What are the repercussions of not getting rating factors?

A pointy drop within the score means a lack of status on this planet {of professional} golf. Rating limits present eligibility to play in majors. The consequences are already being felt on LIV gamers. As famous by Tuesday’s letter from LIV to Dawson, Johnson has fallen from thirteenth to No. 22 within the OWGR since becoming a member of LIV, regardless of ending eighth, third, second and primary within the first 4 LIV occasions.

Patrick Reed began the 12 months in twenty fifth. He dropped to fiftieth. Lee Westwood went from thirty seventh to a centesimal. Louis Oosthuizen dropped from tenth to thirty third. And Phil Mickelson? He began the 12 months at quantity 33. He’s presently at quantity 128.

How sturdy are LIV Fields in comparison with different rounds?

Let’s check out the latest LIV occasion in Chicago. In response to DataGolf, the occasion at Wealthy Harvest Farms will likely be simpler for the world’s prime 5 gamers to win over 31 PGA Tour occasions, together with main occasions, and tougher to win than PGA Tour occasions just like the 3M Open, Mexico Open, John Deere and a few area occasions reverse. That is nothing, nevertheless it’s additionally removed from on par with the PGA Tour, when it comes to area power.

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