LIV Tour chiefs set to demand recognition in the World Golf Rankings in crucial board meeting ahead of The Open Championship as controversial Saudi rebel series seek significant foothold in the sport despite widespread opposition
- LIV Tour plans to demand official recognition in the World Golf Rankings
- The Saudi secessionist competition has caused major controversy since its launch
- As it currently stands, golfers who participate in the series will not receive ranking points.
- But LIV officials will discuss their filing status request on Wednesday.
The LIV Tour plans to demand official recognition in the World Golf Rankings at a board meeting on Wednesday as the sport’s ongoing civil war takes another contentious turn.
Several golfing personalities have taken part in the Saudi-backed competition in recent months, including former world number one Rory McIlroy and American star Billy Horschel.
The breakaway Saudi tour, funded by $2 billion in cash from the country’s Public Investment Fund, has tempted a number of high-profile players to quit the PGA Tour and DP World Tour, sparking massive outrage in the sport because of the country’s alarming human rights record.
Ian Poulter and two other LIV rebels have appealed the decision to ban them from last weekend’s Scottish Open, as well as two other tournaments co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour.
Their legal action angered the likes of McIlroy, who said: ‘All this kind of having your cake and eating it is what resentment [stems from] within the [PGA and DP World Tour] membership.’
Now the LIV series is set to ruffle even more feathers in the sport, as The Guardian reports that tournament officials will call for recognition in the World Golf Rankings at a meeting of the Official World Rankings Board of Directors. on the eve of the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.
The LIV Tour plans to demand official recognition in the World Golf Rankings on Wednesday
The series, directed by Greg Norman, will apply for world ranking status at a board meeting
Rory McIlroy is one of the most prominent figures to oppose the LIV tour
Their formal bid for world ranking status, which is expected to increase opposition to the controversial tournament, is said to be high on the meeting’s agenda.
As it stands, golfers don’t earn World Ranking points by playing LIV events, meaning some players fear their place in future major championships could be jeopardized by missing out on the tour. rebel.
Despite its current format of 54-hole tournaments with no cuts and only 48 players on the course, LIV chiefs believe they meet various points-ranking criteria.
It will be up to representatives of the four major championships, as well as the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, to decide whether the new event can fall under the official world golf rankings.
Martin Slumbers, the general manager of R&A, Buzzy Johnson of Augusta National, Mike Whan of the United States Golf Association and Seth Waugh of the PGA of America would be key in making the decision.
As it currently stands, LIV Golf players do not receive ranking points for playing their events.
But that could change depending on the outcome of Wednesday’s crucial board meeting.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour General Manager Keith Pelley will also be an integral part of the meeting, which is intriguing given that both of their organizations are strong opponents of the LIV model.
Greg Norman, who leads the breakaway tour, was snubbed by the R&A for his celebrations at the 150th Open this week due to fears his presence could hijack the event.
The two-time winner would have deserved an invite under normal circumstances, but the R&A said in a statement: “In response to inquiries regarding the R&A Celebration of Champions field and the Champions Dinner, we can confirm that we have contacted Greg Norman to advise him that we have decided not to invite him to attend this occasion,’ the statement read.
“The 150th Open is a hugely important milestone for golf and we want to make sure the focus remains on celebrating the championship and its legacy. Unfortunately, we don’t think that would be the case if Greg were to attend.