LIV golfers letter to OWGR chief urging him to include the Rebel Tour in the rating

All 48 golfers at LIV wrote a joint letter to OWGR President Peter Dawson urging him to award the Rebel Series rating points.

Golf’s official world rankings have yet to allow Saudi-funded circuit events to qualify for rating points, leading rebellious players and CEO Greg Norman to bemoan the disqualification.

LIV golfers have now taken their displeasure a step further as they wrote to OWGR President Dawson, urging him to “act appropriately” and include the breakaway round in order to “maintain confidence” in the rating.

The letter was signed by all 48 players who participated in the LIV Golf event in Chicago last weekend and Bubba Watson.

Dissenters claimed that the LIV Golf’s exclusion from the rankings was “undermining the historical value of OWGR”.

They even likened the exclusion of the Saudi-backed dissident to leaving Belgium, Argentina or England from the FIFA rankings or the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Big Ten outside of US college football rankings.

The letter read: “Your management has ensured that you are ranked among the world’s most respected sporting institutions. As ranked athletes, we rely on OWGR not only to qualify for the most important events, including the major events and the Olympics, but to tell us where we stand among our peers. It has been Trust in OWGR is widespread and well deserved.

All 48 LIV Golf players (pictured LR Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez) have written a joint letter to OWGR President Peter Dawson urging him to award Series Points

All 48 LIV Golf players (pictured LR Dustin Johnson, Talor Gooch, Patrick Reed and Pat Perez) have written a joint letter to OWGR President Peter Dawson urging him to award Series Points

The letter was signed by all the players who competed in the last event and Bubba Watson

The letter was signed by all the players who competed in the last event and Bubba Watson

To maintain confidence, we urge you – as one of the sport’s true statesmen – to act appropriately to include, on a retroactive basis, the results of LIV Golf events in the calculations of the OWGR ranking.

OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate, which is the equivalent of leaving the Big 10 or SEC out of the US college football rankings, or leaving Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings.

The letter went on to claim that LIV Golf had earned the right to be included because it had the same level of field as the PGA Tour where players said they “knew because they played both”.

They have argued that LIV has secured its place among the 23 tours currently combined in the rankings with its roster boasting four former No.

“Every week that passes without the inclusion of LIV athletes undermines the historical value of OWGR,” the letter added.

They even likened the exclusion to leaving England outside the FIFA rankings

They even likened the exclusion to leaving England outside the FIFA rankings

She claimed LIV has the same level of field, featuring Cam Smith, as the PGA Tour

She claimed LIV has the same level of field, featuring Cam Smith, as the PGA Tour

Over time, LIV players automatically fall back in the world rankings. For example, Dustin Johnson ranked 13th in the OWGR shortly before announcing that he would play in the LIV tournaments. He now ranks 22nd – despite finishing 8th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the first four LIV events.

Over Labor Day weekend in Boston, 15 golfers who placed first or second in the top four, including the 2022 Golfer Champion, beat out 15 golfers who finished first or second, including the 2022 Golfer Champion. To be accurate, the ratings DJ deserves to move up, not down. “

The letter also accused the board of having “conflicting members and preventing OWGR from acting as it should” because of their links to the PGA Tour, referring to the current battle between the traditional tour and the startup.

Players argued that defector Dustin Johnson should have moved up the rankings

Players argued that defector Dustin Johnson should have moved up the rankings

He said: “The case for inclusion of LIV is strong, but we have concerns that your board members are conflicting and preventing OWGR from behaving as it should.

Four of the eight members have links to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an opponent. Other board members made unfairly harsh remarks about LIV, with one describing the organization as “discredited”.

The current stressful environment makes your judgment crucial. In your career in sports, commercial and golf management, you have built an excellent reputation for impartiality and integrity. Your work in R&A and OWGR shows that you know how to combine tradition and innovation.

Players also said they hoped the story they read about the decision to include LIV in the “slow walk” rating wasn’t true, which was referring to a Sports Illustrated article reporting that LIV officials thought they were “slow”.

Liv golfer’s full message

Dear Mr. Dawson,

Your management has ensured that you are ranked among the world’s most respected golf institutions. As ranked athletes, we rely on OWGR not only to qualify for the most important events, including major events and the Olympics, but to tell us where we stand among our peers. Trust in OWGR has been widespread and well deserved.

To maintain confidence, we urge you – as one of the sport’s true statesmen – to act appropriately to include, on a retroactive basis, the results of LIV Golf events in the calculations of the OWGR ranking. OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate, which is the equivalent of leaving the Big 10 or SEC out of the US college football rankings, or leaving Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings.

About 23 rounds have been incorporated into the OWGR universe, and LIV has earned its place among them. Four LIV golfers have finished first at OWGR, and one is currently second. The LIV roster includes 21 winners out of 51 winners out of four disciplines. The level of competition in the average LIV event is at least equal to that in the average PGA Tour event. We know because we played in both.

Every week that passes without athletes listing LIV undermines the historical value of OWGR. Over time, LIV players automatically drop in the world rankings. For example, Dustin Johnson ranked 13th in the OWGR shortly before announcing that he would play in the LIV tournaments. He now ranks 22nd – despite finishing 8th, 3rd, 2nd and 1st in the first four LIV events. Over Labor Day weekend in Boston, 15 first- or second-place golfers beat out the top four, including the 2022 Golfer’s Champion. To be accurate, the ratings DJ deserves to move up, not down.

The case for the inclusion of LIV is strong, but we have concerns that your board members will conflict, preventing OWGR from acting as it should. Four of the eight members have links to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an opponent. Other board members made unfairly harsh remarks about LIV, with one describing the organization as “discredited”.

The current stressful environment makes your judgment crucial. In your career in sports, commercial and golf management, you have built an excellent reputation for impartiality and integrity. Your work in R&A and OWGR shows that you know how to combine tradition and innovation.

The mission of OWGR, as stated on your website, is “to administer and publish, on a weekly basis, a transparent, reliable and accurate rating based on the relative performance of players.”

How can such a system disqualify players competing at such high levels against some of the strongest areas of the year on large portfolios, in such high profile events?

We understand that LIV Golf formally applied for admission to OWGR in mid-July. Hopefully, the story we read today about making the decision to slow golfers slip the LIV and damage the LIV is not accurate. We invite you to quickly make a positive decision – in the interest of the integrity of the standings, the game and everyone who loves sports.

After all, fans deserve comprehensive and accurate ratings. Failing to sign 48 of the world’s best golfers means depriving fans of what they deserve.

The message comes days after CEO Greg Norman was asked about OWGR’s inability to award points to LIV golfers in an Instagram post that also showed his support for fellow Australian Cam Smith after winning the Chicago event last weekend.

Norman sent a thorny letter, in which he wrote: “Who would question the real number one and number two in the world?

Moreover they are happy. Their families are happy. Their wives are happy. Their cans are happy.

“The team is a family. Everyone is in this together. This has never happened on the PGA Tour. As Cam Smith said, golf has given us a heartbeat.

“The fans account for all of us. They account for the PGA Tour. They account for OWGR.

Greg Norman (left) wondered how OWGR couldn't award points to LIV golfers

Greg Norman (left) wondered how OWGR couldn’t award points to LIV golfers

How can OWGR ignore the fact that the two best players in the world – Cameron Smith and Dustin Johnson – are playing on the tour?

When the fans talk, listen. Golf is a force for good.

Smith, who is currently world number 2 in the LIV ranks, outlined a decision to exclude the Rebel round from the ratings earlier this month.

The British Open champion said he felt it was unfair that those who joined LIV Golf were not getting world ranking points and he hopes that will change before his exemption from the four major golf tournaments expires.

World Open Champion and seed 2 Smith set the decision to disqualify the Rebel round

World Open Champion and seed 2 Smith set the decision to disqualify the Rebel round

“It’s really a shame we don’t get the world ranking points here,” Smith said before his debut at LIV Golf this week outside Boston.

“To have 48 of the best players around the world playing, and not get the world ranking points, is probably a bit unfair.

The competition is still super here. I really think it’s a bit unfair.

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