With no Official Golf World Ranking points available for the breakaway series, George Cooper keeps you up to speed the defectors' backwards progress
With the LIV Golf world rankings debacle causing havoc within the breakaway league, we track just how far has defector fallen in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
LIV Golf world rankings
While the growing list of players defecting to LIV Golf continues to produce an endless amount of controversy, backlash, and legal conflict over their future endeavours, one of the biggest issues facing the league’s rebels is their plummeting positions in the OWGR.
As it stands, the Greg Norman-led series has not received OWGR accreditation, meaning players have been unable to collect world ranking points for playing in the LIV Golf invitational events.
Couple this with the PGA Tour indefinitely banning LIV’s rebels from returning to their circuit (for now), and we’ve already seen the defectors begin to plummet in the OWGR.
But just how far are we talking? Well, here’s a table showing where LIV’s stars ranked prior to joining the breakaway series, and where they sit today…
OWGR of LIV Golf players
|Player||Pre-LIV ranking||Current ranking||Difference|
|Harold Varner III||42||64||-22|
|Charles Howell III||171||379||-208|
And, if the stats weren’t alarming enough for these players, the trend appears in no danger of slowing down soon.
While Greg Norman’s series is undergoing an application to obtain accreditation from the OWGR board, the hurdles couldn’t be greater at this moment in time.
Approval can take anything between one and two years, and even then, LIV’s field size is not greater than 75, LIV Golf events are not contested over 72 holes, and they do not involve a cut – just a few of the compulsory elements the OWGR requires in its rules and regulations.
At the end of the LIV Golf League 2023 season, the LIV Promotions Event will take place which takes a Q-school-type form to allow a pathway for external players to join the league.
Four players at the bottom of the LIV Golf individual leaderboard will be relegated and four spots will be up for grabs in the 2024 season.
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