LIV to apply for golf ranking factors, Norman says

BROOKLINE, Mass. — LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman stated the brand new circuit will apply for Official World Golf Ranking factors consideration Monday.

Norman stated the LIV Golf Invitational Series has a “very compelling” utility after working intently with the OWGR technical committee to perceive the method.

During an interview with Fox News on Saturday night time, Norman additionally requested whether or not PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, one in all eight members of the OWGR board of governors, would recuse himself from voting on LIV Golf’s utility.

“It’ll be fascinating to see if Jay Monahan recuses himself from that vote due to what he stated on tv with [CBS Sports announcer] Jim Nantz the opposite day,” Norman stated. “So, it’s totally fascinating and it is unhappy to be, you already know, placing that further exerting strain on it as a result of our tour is an effective tour. It’s supported, it is obtained an unimaginable area. Our level must be that if we get the OWGR factors, then every part else takes care of itself.”

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During an interview with Nantz throughout the ultimate spherical of the RBC Canadian Open on June 12, Monahan defended his place to droop 17 gamers who’ve defected from the Tour to be part of LIV Golf, which is being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

Additional PGA Tour gamers, together with 2020 U.S. Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and 2018 Masters winner Patrick Reed, are anticipated to be included within the 48-man area for LIV Golf’s subsequent occasion. It would be the first one performed within the United States, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.

Monahan stated gamers who competed in future LIV Golf occasions with out a conflicting-event launch would face the identical punishment because the 17 who had been suspended.

“Why do they want us so badly?” Monahan requested, of the LIV Tour, on CBS Sports. “Because these gamers have chosen to signal multiyear profitable contracts to play in a sequence of exhibition matches in opposition to the identical gamers over and over. You take a look at that versus what we see right here immediately and that is why they want us so badly. You’ve obtained true, pure competitors. The greatest gamers on this planet are right here on the RBC Canadian Open, with thousands and thousands of followers watching, and on this sport, it is true and pure competitors that creates the profile within the presence of the world’s biggest gamers.

“And that is why they want us. That’s what we do. But we’re not going to permit gamers to free experience off of our loyal members, one of the best gamers on this planet.”

Other members of the OWGR board of governors embrace DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, USGA CEO Mike Whan, R&A chief government Martin Slumbers, PGA of America government director Seth Waugh, Augusta National Golf Club government director Will Jones and Keith Waters, who represents the International Federation of PGA Tours.

Players competing in LIV Golf who aren’t eligible to play on different excursions won’t earn OWGR factors. The governing our bodies of the 4 main championships use OWGR standings to decide exemptions for golf’s largest occasions.

The USGA determined to let LIV Golf gamers who had already certified for this week’s event at The Country Club to stay within the area, however Whan stated earlier this week that he might foresee a day when it is tougher for LIV Golf gamers to accomplish that. The gamers would nonetheless be eligible to get within the U.S. Open by way of open qualifying.

“I might foresee a day,” Whan stated. “Do I do know what that day seems like? No, I do not. To be trustworthy with you, what we’re speaking about [LIV Golf] was completely different two years in the past, and it was completely different two months in the past than it’s immediately. We’ve been doing this for 127 years, so I feel [the USGA] wants to take a long-term view of this and see the place these items go. So we’re not going to be a knee-jerk response to form of what we do.”

Even if LIV Golf had been to grow to be a acknowledged tour, it might in all probability obtain decreased factors due to its present format. LIV Golf occasions embrace 48-man fields and 54 holes; PGA Tour occasions include 72 holes and fields as massive as 156 gamers.

During the interview on Fox News, Norman requested why the PGA Tour was being so vital of LIV Golf when it additionally had sponsors who’ve finished enterprise with the Saudis.

“Look, I’m disenchanted individuals go down that path, fairly actually,” Norman stated. “If they need to take a look at it in prism, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing $40-plus-billion value of enterprise with Saudi Arabia? Why is it OK for the sponsors? Will Jay Monahan go to each a type of CEOs of the 23 corporations which can be investing into Saudi Arabia and droop them and ban them? The hypocrisy in all this, it is so loud. It’s deafening.”

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