With no Official Golf World Ranking points available for the breakaway series, George Cooper keeps you up to speed the defectors' backwards progress
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 Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
At it stands, LIV has not received OWGR accreditation, meaning its players have been unable to collect ranking points for playing in the league’s invitational events.
Just how far are we talking? Well, here’s a table showing where LIV’s stars ranked prior 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||44||-2|
And, if the stats were’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 OWGR accreditation, 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, its 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.
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