LIV players demand world ranking points

The LIV players, financially supported by Saudi Arabia and whose emergence is fracturing the world of golf, have claimed the price in retroactive account of points they estimate to have gleaned in the events of this circuit, from the classification committee world.

A world ranking without LIV players would be incomplete and inaccurate“, they argued in a letter addressed to the president of the appropriate committee, Peter Dawson, considering that this situation would be comparable to an exclusion of England, Argentina and Belgium, from the classification of Fifa.

The 48 signatories who took part in the Chicago tournament last weekend, including the winner, the Australian Cameron Smith (world No.3) and the American Dustin Johnson, former No.1, are asking for the allocation of points that they supposes having to harvest during the 54-hole (three rounds) tournaments in which they participate, in the same way as the other 72-hole (four rounds) tournaments organized by the North American PGA Tour.

The American Billy Horschel, player member of the USPGA who is preparing for the Presidents Cup, a competition between golfers from the United States and a selection from the rest of the world (outside Europe) from Thursday in Charlotte (North Carolina), has explained that the LIV does not meet the criteria for the allocation of points and that its players knew the risks when they joined this dissident circuit.

This is a process that will take a year to 18 months. So just wait. meet the criteria. From what I’ve been told, they won’t recognize themselves as the top nine on the list. They don’t have an average field of 78 players, they don’t have a cut to clear, they don’t have any pre-tournament qualifications…“, he specified among other things.

The stakes for these golfers are high, because the winning points allow them to qualify for the Grand Slam tournaments. They were allowed to participate in the US Open and the British Open (won by Cameron Smith) this year, the LIV circuit having been set up after these two Majors.

The competitive level of a LIV Tour tournament is at least equal to that of a PGA event“say the players. “We know this because we have participated in both.»

The letter points out that the LIV has among its participants 21 of the last 51 major winners and notes Johnson’s fall from 13th to 22nd in the world rankings, despite winning, second and third place in the last events of this new circuit.

We ask that you make a positive decision quickly – in the interest of the integrity of the rankings, the game and all of us who love the sport“, they concluded.


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