The former world number one responded to a tweet from well-known world ranking Twitter expert @VC606, who commented about the perceived injustice of Rahm failing to improve on his World No.5 ranking despite winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions – his third victory in five tournaments. Collin Morikawa had looked poised for victory until a late collapse allowed Rahm to claim the title. Still, despite finishing runner-up, the American also failed to see an improvement in his World No.11 position.
@VC606 wrote: “Not only Rahm is deprived of a move up, but also Collin Morikawa will remain at #11 instead of being back up in the top 10! So the two top performers last week are missing out big time. You couldn’t find a worst time to do this… #OWGR”.
Westwood – whose own ranking has fallen dramatically since his move to the Greg Norman-fronted organisation, responded: “It’s not life or death but someone needs to be held accountable.”
It’s not life or death but someone needs to be held accountable.January 9, 2023
The timing of the latest controversy is certainly unfortunate. It marks the latest of a series of issues facing the OWGR. As well as contention over the tweaks to its system that placed more emphasis on strength of field based on the number of players in tournaments rather than the quality, the changes have also drawn accusations that it heavily favours the PGA Tour. Meanwhile, it is also embroiled in a battle with LIV Golf, which hopes to be granted eligibility to award OWGR points in its tournaments.
It’s not the first time Westwood has criticised the world ranking revisions. In the weeks following its implementation, he blasted the new system, taking to Twitter to write: “Literally makes all the tours around the world feeder tours. How they could vote for this and get it passed I have no idea.”
Other players who have been heavily critical of the OWGR in recent months include Westwood’s LIV Golf colleague Ian Poulter, former pro Mike Clayton, who has called for them to be scrapped, and Tiger Woods, who has admitted the world rankings are flawed. At last November’s Hero World Challenge, the 15-time Major winner said: “OWGR, it’s a flawed system. That’s something we all here recognise. The field at Dubai got less points than Sea Island and more of the top players were there in Dubai, so…