Players send unified note to OWGR President for inclusion

Although it is understood they would likely be omitted from the current Official Golf World Rankings if they depart for the LIV Golf starter circuit, players from the Saudi-backed league have sent a letter to the president of the club. ‘OWGR, Peter Dawson, asking for their inclusion in the current system.

The letter, which was sent to the media on Tuesday morning, opened by noting that players depend on the OWGR “not only to qualify for the most important events, including the Majors and the Olympics, but for us say where we stand among our peers,” adding that “confidence in the OWGR has been widespread and well-deserved.”

The note was signed by all 48 players who participated in the LIV Golf Invitational Chicago (which was won by Cam Smith), as well as Bubba Watson.

In addition, the memo compared the omission to erasing the top two college football conferences from the college football rankings.

Inclusion in the OWGR is a big talking point for LIV as CEO Greg Norman — who is meeting with members of Congress this week on Capitol Hill to discuss the upstart circuit that features 54-hole tournaments, no cuts, shotgun starts and massive paydays – touted it as the last major hurdle for the circuit to climb.

“If we get the OWGR points, then everything else takes care of itself,” Norman said in August.

Without the points, however, players continue to disappear from the draw for major tournaments. For example, as the note points out, Dustin Johnson was ranked 13th on OWGR shortly before announcing that he would be playing in LIV tournaments. He is now 22nd, despite finishing eighth, third, second and first in the first four LIV events. Johnson won the event in Boston, beating 15 players who had finished first or second in all four majors, while continuing his slide.

“Fans deserve inclusive and accurate rankings. Not including 48 of the best golfers in the world would mean fans are being denied what they deserve,” the letter reads.

Michael C. Ford