LIV Golf’s ongoing battle for world ranking points remains one of the biggest stories in the sport, and it has now emerged that the decision will not be influenced by the heads of both the PGA and DP World Tours.
PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour Chief Executive Keith Pelley have both recused themselves from the case along with DP World Tour Chief Operating Officer Keith Waters.
“At the last OWGR board meeting [in December] myself, Jay Monahan and Keith Waters recused ourselves and now a separate committee made up of the four Majors will now determine the application,” Keith Pelley said according to The Telegraph (opens in new tab).
“I have not looked at the LIV application and I’ve not given my opinions on an application I’ve not seen. So, as far as LIV goes, we are not involved in it and have no influence or say in what transpires.”
The trio departing from the LIV Golf case means that the new separate committee of Augusta National Golf Club, the R&A, the USGA and the PGA of America will seal the fate of whether the Saudi-backed circuit gains sanctioning from the Official World Golf Ranking.
This will be music to LIV CEO Greg Norman‘s ears, who will have renewed hope after The Masters confirmed that LIV golfers will still be allowed to tee it up in the year’s first Major at Augusta National. The Open has done the same, and it is expected that LIV players will also be able to tee it up at the PGA Championship and US Open.
Greg Norman is, to no surprise, desperate for his tour to gain OWGR sanctioning and has constantly pleaded with the game’s stakeholders for the application to go through successfully.
“It doesn’t make sense from a Major’s perspective [LIV not having OWGR points],” he said in October. “It doesn’t make sense from a broadcaster’s perspective. You’re paying and investing for your strength of the field and degrading the strength of the field by not allowing LIV players to get OWGR points is not doing the game of golf any good.
“Rise above it all, it’s good for the players, it’s good for the game of golf, it’s good for production, it’s good for corporations, it’s good for OEMs, it’s good for fans, it’s good for everybody. Just because you have a negative viewpoint and you’re one of the voting members of an independent organization, that you hate LIV and you vote against it… Grow up.”
A total of 50 LIV players also signed a letter pleading with OWGR Chairman Peter Dawson in October. “The case for LIV’s inclusion…