BROOKLINE, Mass. — LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman stated the brand new circuit will apply for Official World Golf Rating factors consideration Monday.
Norman stated the LIV Golf Invitational Collection has a “very compelling” utility after working intently with the OWGR technical committee to know the method.
Throughout an interview with Fox Information on Saturday evening, Norman additionally requested whether or not PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, one among eight members of the OWGR board of governors, would recuse himself from voting on LIV Golf’s utility.
“It will 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 is very fascinating and it is unhappy to be, you understand, placing that extra exerting stress on it as a result of our tour is an effective tour. It is supported, it is obtained an unbelievable subject. Our level needs to be that if we get the OWGR factors, then every thing else takes care of itself.”
Throughout 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 hitch LIV Golf, which is being financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund.
Further 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 subject for LIV Golf’s subsequent occasion. It is going to be the primary one performed in the USA, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.
Monahan stated gamers who competed in future LIV Golf occasions with no 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 activities. “As a result of these gamers have chosen to signal multiyear profitable contracts to play in a sequence of exhibition matches towards the identical gamers again and again. You take a look at that versus what we see right here immediately and that is why they want us so badly. You’ve got obtained true, pure competitors. The perfect gamers on the 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 is what we do. However we’re not going to permit gamers to free journey off of our loyal members, the very best gamers on the planet.”
Different 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 Nationwide Golf Membership government director Will Jones and Keith Waters, who represents the Worldwide Federation of PGA Excursions.
Gamers 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 find out exemptions for golf’s greatest occasions.
The USGA determined to let LIV Golf gamers who had already certified for this week’s event at The Nation Membership to stay within the subject, however Whan stated earlier this week that he might foresee a day when it is harder for LIV Golf gamers to take action. 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 appears like? No, I do not. To be trustworthy with you, what we’re speaking about [LIV Golf] was totally different two years in the past, and it was totally different two months in the past than it’s immediately. We have been doing this for 127 years, so I feel [the USGA] must take a long-term view of this and see the place this stuff go. So we’re not going to be a knee-jerk response to sort of what we do.”
Even when LIV Golf had been to turn out to be a acknowledged tour, it will most likely obtain lowered factors due to its present format. LIV Golf occasions embrace 48-man fields and 54 holes; PGA Tour occasions encompass 72 holes and fields as massive as 156 gamers.
Throughout the interview on Fox Information, Norman requested why the PGA Tour was being so vital of LIV Golf when it additionally had sponsors who’ve achieved enterprise with the Saudis.
“Look, I am disillusioned folks go down that path, fairly actually,” Norman stated. “In the event that 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 is deafening.”