The OWGR’s alarming projections for LIV Golf players by the end of 2022

One of the biggest problems currently facing LIV Golf is the fact that they do not have accreditation to the Official World Golf Rankings.

This could change in due time. LIV Golf officials confirmed at the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews that they had applied.

OWGR Chairman Peter Dawson revealed nothing other than to say, “Review of the application will now commence.”

There was a meeting held at the house of golf during the major, where key players involved in the process discussed the bid.

We don’t know what was said, but judging by the R&A’s current stance, it doesn’t bode well for the Saudi-backed series.

Martin Slumbers, the chief executive of the governing body, described LIV Golf as “not credible” and “not merit-based”.

He admitted that it was not on the agenda to ban LIV players, although he conceded that they will look at the qualification criteria in the future.

Not having OWGR points is not the ultimate solution. There are other routes to the majors.

And with the lucrative signing fee announced, it’s safe to say that some LIV players just don’t care.

New LIV signee Paul Casey admitted after the Open that there were rebel groups of players who were considering playing Asian Tour events for points.

Critics would say the move would go against some LIV cast members’ claims that they actually want a reduced program.

Brooks Koepka, in a chilling press conference ahead of his LIV debut in Portland, said he wanted to spend more time with his family.

LIV’s schedule is expected to grow from eight events to at least 10 next season. Although LIV says they are “ahead of schedule” and want to play more.

But unless these LIV players are exempted in the majors, they risk slipping down the rankings into obscurity.

Twitter golf stats man @nosferatu posted this:

GolfMagic has already written extensively about the problems LIV Golf has had trying to get OWGR points.

Read that here.

The latest news from LIV Golf today is that Ryder Cup Europe captain Henrik Stenson is set to sign for the series.

According to a report by The Telegraph, the 46-year-old Swede meets Ryder Cup officials at Wentworth headquarters.

This is part of a last ditch attempt to try and persuade the 2016 Open winner not to join LIV Golf and retain his captaincy.

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