LIV Golf player: Justin Thomas asserts that he does not comprehend LIV Golf players’ complaints about ranking points, claiming “it’s their own problem.”
A letter signed by all 48 competitors at the LIV Golf tournament held over the weekend south of Chicago was addressed to Peter Dawson, the chairman of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR), pleading with him to grant ranking points to players on the Saudi Arabia-sponsored series.
The letter, dated September 16, was made public by LIV Golf on Tuesday and contained electronic signatures from each participant in the field at Rich Harvest Farms, where Cameron Smith, the winner of the British Open, triumphed in his second appearance on the lucrative tour.
LIV Golf, which debuted in June and has hosted five events to date, asked for recognition in the golf world rankings in July. Their application is still being reviewed. The rankings are a vital factor in determining admittance into the four major tournaments.
Every week that goes by without LIV Golf competitors being counted “undermines the historical worth” of the world rankings, according to the players’ letter.
But world No. 7 Thomas acknowledges that he doesn’t comprehend the allegations.
“I mean, I don’t understand. It’s very obvious and written there right in front of them, they just naturally want what’s best for them. Just like the decision they made to go there,” Thomas said.
“I totally understand if I was doing the same situation, I would want it, but that doesn’t necessarily make it right.
“The governing bodies have created a system for a reason, and that’s to try and create the best system possible to determine the best players in the world.
“Now, is it going to be skewed because some of the top players aren’t in there? Yeah, but that’s their own fault.”
Immelman: We’re a team of honour. That’s why we didn’t choose LIV players for the Presidents Cup
Trevor Immelman, the captain of the international squad, dismissed LIV Golf’s obliteration of his Presidents Cup possibilities by asserting that his is “a team of honour.”
Immelman has discovered that his options are limited since the PGA Tour, which sanctioned the Presidents Cup and barred all the rebels, has put restrictions on the field.
Despite the absence of several American golfers, including Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, and Brooks Koepka, captain Davis Love III still has access to five of the top 10 players in the world and 11 of the top 20.