The eye-popping cash prizes and payouts used to lure players into the LIV Golf Invitational Series are undoubtedly having the desired effect, with Bryson DeChambeau and Patrick Reed among the latest to sign up. However, according to a report by The telegraph (opens in a new tab)the trade-off may be severe, with their participation in future Majors in jeopardy.
Minutes after the start of the first event at the Centurion Club in London, the PGA Tour announced that its participating members would be suspended. That number stands at 17 and will increase after the second event in Portland, Oregon, starting June 30. However, the current issue of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points is also likely to count against players when it comes to majors.
Speaking on Fox News’ One Nation with Brian Kilmeade on Saturday night, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman revealed an application for LIV Series events to count towards OWGR points would be submitted shortly. In the meantime, however, it leaves big question marks over its players’ future in the game’s biggest events.
Sky Sports analyst Paul McGinley is one figure who has drawn attention to the potential problem. He told the Telegraph: “What is clear at the moment, with LIV Golf being 54-hole events and offering no world ranking points, is that the guys who are in the top 50 in the world are going slow lose their ranking and fall. outside the top 50 and that’s what attracts most of these big names to the Majors.”
“The only guys who are likely to be eligible by next year at the Masters in April may well be former champions, by today’s criteria, because the others could all be out of the top 50. It will be interesting to see what is going to happen, because there are so many things and scenarios that can play out.
The report also points out that while former champions are generally eligible for The Masters, it’s by invitation. As a result, past winners currently competing in the LIV Golf Series, including three-time Masters champion Mickelson, 2021 winner Johnson and 2018 winner Reed, may be excluded from the Augusta National Major at the ‘coming.
Meanwhile, doubts remain over whether the affected LIV Golf players will be eligible to compete in the Ryder Cup. The actions of the DP World Tour will be essential in answering this question. The organization is due to clarify its position on the series on Thursday, with Golf Monthly understanding that it is in advanced negotiations with the PGA Tour to combat the threat from LIV Golf.