One of the biggest questions facing LIV Golf in 2023 was its status with the Official World Golf Ranking.
A player’s OWGR standing is key for access to the four major championships, and LIV Golf events currently do not receive OWGR points. The circuit applied in July of 2022 and is awaiting word as part of an application process that can take up to, and even more than, a year.
In December, the OWGR announced a Mexican golf tour with 54-hole events will start to receive OWGR points in 2023 after a 16-month process, and the tour’s inclusion of a 36-hole cut and open qualifying were noted in the release. While LIV events are still 54-holes without a cut, the league will implement a promotion and (somewhat) relegation element to fill out its teams for 2024, meaning a few spots will be available via qualifying.
Formats and criteria aside, LIV believes its events deserve points after the formation of its “strategic alliance” with the developmental MENA Tour in an attempt to force the OWGR’s hand.
Since they joined the upstart league led by Greg Norman and financed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, LIV players have been plummeting in the ranking, putting their major championship futures in jeopardy.
Here’s a look at the 48 players on a team roster in 2023 and how their OWGR has fallen since they joined LIV Golf.
LIV Golf OWGR movement
|Player||OWGR before first LIV event||Current OWGR||Change in ranking|
|Harold Varner III||46||51||-5|
Click Here to Read the Full Original Article at Golfweek…