Justin Thomas tells LIV Golf that the OWGR ranking is snubbing its own fault

Justin Thomas has been an outspoken critic of LIV Golf, and he had a lot to say about defectors’ complaints of not getting world ranking points for their performance in events on the Saudi-backed tour, saying that ” it’s their fault.”

“I don’t understand,” Thomas said Tuesday at the Presidents Cup when asked about the LIV golfers’ petition to Official World Golf Rankings chairman Peter Dawson.

“It’s very obvious and written right in front of them. They naturally want what’s best for them, and so does the decision they made to go for it.

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Players who flew to LIV Golf have slipped down the rankings, with Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka, who are both former world No. 1s, currently sitting at No. 23 and 29, respectively. Cameron Smith, the 2022 British Open champion, is still ranked No. 3 after joining LIV Golf last month.

LIV Golf argued in the letter to Dawson that the exclusion of its players “undermines the historical value” and diminishes the “integrity” of the rankings. Rankings are one of the ways players qualify for the four major tournaments.

“Hey, if I did the same situation, I would, but that doesn’t necessarily make it right,” said Thomas, currently ranked No. 7 in the world. “The governing bodies created a system for a reason, and that’s to try to create the best possible system for determining the best players in the world.

“Is it going to be skewed because some of the best players won’t be there? Yes. But it’s their fault that they made the decision that they made, and they knew very, very well that there was a good chance that they would not have points in the world rankings, and they took that risk.

“In my opinion, it’s their fault.”

While Billy Horschel agreed with Thomas, Max Homa offered a different approach.

“In my eyes, it looks like they should get world ranking points,” Homa said. “It seems like if 48 great golfers are playing in tournaments, week after week, in my eyes, [they] should get points. But there is a criterion.

“That’s how the world works.”

This originally appeared in the NY Post and has been republished with consent.

Michael C. Ford