Greg Norman urges players to earn points from LIV Golf events

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S US Open Completed, the world of golf may once again be focused on the LIV series, given that its second event – and the first on American soil – should begin in less than two weeks.

LIV Golf has already trumpeted upcoming additions to Portland, Oregon, of Bryson Deschambo and Patrick Reed, and additional notable names are expected to come out of the PGA Tour before this event begins. But another struggle is taking place behind the scenes, with LIV executives working to make their tournaments eligible for Official world golf ranking (OWGR) points.

This effort went public over the weekend when LIV Golf Investments CEO Greg Norman appeared Fox News in which he pointed out that PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan is on the eight-member OWGR board. There is a monk suspended indefinitely Players of the PGA Tour who signed with LIV Golf and last week he fiercely defended this decision, saying on CBS that such players will not be allowed to “upload for free” outside the boundaries of his organization.

“It will be interesting to see if Jay Monahan will withdraw from the vote because of what he said on television with [CBS’s] Jim Nanz the other day, Norman said Saturday on Fox News’s One Nation with Brian Kilmid.

“So it’s very interesting and it’s sad to put extra pressure on him because our tour is a good tour. It is maintained, there is an incredible field.

“OWGR points have to be provided, and if we get OWGR points, then everything else goes by itself.”

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This is a crucial issue for the start-up, a Saudi-funded venture, because the world rankings are a major factor in determining eligibility for the four majors. Without OWGR accreditation, players who focus on the eight LIV events over other chains will slip into the rankings, which could reduce the lure of the series’ huge bags and signing bonuses.

“We’re actually applying for OWGR points right now,” said Norman, who added that it was a “very convincing” application. “We worked very, very closely with the technical committee, understanding all the components of what you need to apply for.”

While the stellar force gathered by LIV Golf, including Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson and Sergio Garcia, has undoubtedly attracted the attention of OWGR staff, other obstacles remain. LIV’s deliberately unorthodox approach involves 54-hole tournaments contested by only 48 players, with no cuts. These changes to standard professional golf formats could make it difficult for the OWGR board to determine what weight to give to LIV events.

However, the biggest problem for LIV Golf may be the decision-makers in the OWGR, all of whom are deeply involved in the existing structure of golf at the highest level and some of whom have expressed discomfort with the Saudi-backed venture. In addition to Monaghan, others on the board include USGA CEO Mike One, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, PGA Tours International Representative Keith Waters and DP World Tour CEO (formerly PGA). European Tour) Keith Pelly.

The USGA has allowed LIV Golf players who have been removed from the PGA Tour but have already qualified for the US Open to compete in it. But Wang recently said the situation is volatile and he can “predict a day” when players banned from the PGA Tour may have a harder time making big flights.

“What we are talking about [LIV Golf] it was different two years ago and it was different two months ago than it is today, ”said the CEO of USGA he said reporters during a pre-tournament media session. “We’ve been doing this for 127 years, so I think [the USGA] we need to take a long-term look at this and see where these things go. “

“I’m sad about what’s happening in the professional game,” Wang added. “Mostly as a fan, because I love watching the best players in the world come together and play and it will ruin that. I’ve heard that’s good for the game. At least from my point of view at the moment, it seems good for a few people who play the game, but I’m struggling with how good it is for the game. “

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Woo reiterated these remarks last month when he said that his organization is “a fan of the current ecosystem and the world golf ranking system and everything else that goes into creating the best golf course.” Asked if LIV golfers are likely to be included in the PGA Championship 2023 field, he answers“I don’t know what next year will look like. We don’t think that’s good for the game. “

Commenting to Fox News, Norman said his belief that “golf is a force for good” led him to partner comfortably with the Saudi regime, which has been criticized for human rights abuses and involved in the assassination of a Saudi dissident and Washington Post in 2018 columnist Jamal Kashoghi.

“For me, if golf is good for the world, golf is good for Saudi Arabia [Arabia]”He said,” and you see that growth in there. It’s extremely impressive. “

The two-time winner of the British Open and former world number 1 was shown a video of Bob Costas from Turner Sports, who recently declared on CNN that LIV Golf players take “Saudi blood money

“Look, I’m disappointed that people are following this path, to be honest,” Norman said said on Fox News. “If they want to look at it in that light, then why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing business worth $ 40 billion with Saudi Arabia?” Why is it good for sponsors? “

“Will Jay Monahan go to each of these CEOs of the 23 companies investing in Saudi Arabia,” Norman continued, “and stop them and prohibition them?

“The hypocrisy in all this is so loud that it’s deafening.”

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