CEO Greg Norman says the LIV Golf Invitational Series will apply for OWGR

Brooklyn, Massachusetts – CEO of Leaf Golf Greg Norman He said the new circuit will apply for the official golf rankings points on Monday.

Norman said the LIV Golf Invitational Series has a “very compelling” application after working closely with the OWGR technical committee to understand the process.

During an interview with Fox News Saturday night, Norman also asked if PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan, one of the eight members of the OWGR Board of Governors, would step down from a vote on the LIV Golf order.

It will be interesting to see if Jay Monahan steps down from this vote because of what he said on TV [CBS Sports announcer] Norman said, “Jim Nantz that day, it’s so much fun and it’s sad, you know, that they put that extra pressure on him because our tour is a good tour. He’s supported, he has incredible scope. Our point should be that if we get points OWGR, everything else will take care of itself.”

During an interview with Nantz during the final round of the RBC Canadian Open on June 12, Monahan defended his position by suspending 17 players who defected from the tour to join LIV Golf, which is funded by the Saudi Public Investment Fund.

Additional PGA Tour players, including the 2020 US Open Champion Bryson DeShampoo The 2018 Master’s Winner Patrick ReedIt is expected to be included in the 48-player course for the upcoming LIV Golf event. This will be the first time it’s played in the US, at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, from June 30 to July 2.

Monahan said that players who competed in future LIV Golf events without issuing a conflicting event would face the same penalty as 17 who were suspended.

“Why do they need us so badly?” asked Monahan, from the LIV Tour, on CBS Sports. “Because these players have chosen to sign lucrative multi-year contracts to play in a series of exhibition matches against the same players over and over. You look at that versus what we see here today and that’s why they need us so badly. It’s got real, pure competition. The best players in the world are out there. Here at the RBC Canadian Open, where millions of fans are watching, and in this game, it is the real and pure competition that creates the profile in the presence of the world’s greatest players.

“And that’s why they need us. That’s what we do. But we’re not going to let players get rid of our loyal members, the best players in the world.”

Other members of the OWGR Board of Judges include DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey, USGA CEO Mike Wan, R&A CEO Martin Slippers, PGA America CEO Seth Wu, CEO Augusta National Golf Club, Will Jones, and Keith Waters, who represents the International PGA Tour Association.

Players who compete in LIV Golf that are not eligible to play in other rounds will not earn OWGR Points. The governing bodies of the four majors use the OWGR ranking to determine exemptions for golf’s biggest events.

The USGA has decided to allow LIV Golf players who have already qualified for this week’s tournament at The Country Club to remain on the field, but Whan said earlier this week that he can anticipate a day when it will be difficult for LIV Golf players to do so. Players will still be eligible to enter the US Open through the Open Qualifier.

“I can expect one day,” Wan said. “Do I know what that day looks like? No, I don’t know. To be honest with you, what are we talking about [LIV Golf] It was different two years ago, and it was different two months ago than it is today. We’ve been doing this for 127 years, so I guess [the USGA] He needs to take a long-term look at this and see where this stuff goes. So we are not going to be a quick reaction to what we are doing.”

Even if LIV Golf becomes a recognized tour, you will likely receive reduced points due to its current format. LIV golf events include a 48-player, 54-hole course; The PGA Tour events consist of 72 holes and fields up to 156 players in size.

During the interview on Fox News, Norman also asked why the PGA Tour was so critical of LIV Golf when it also had sponsors who did business with the Saudis.

“Look, I’m disappointed that people are going this way, quite frankly,” Norman said. “If they want to look at it from a perspective, why does the PGA Tour have 23 sponsors doing business with Saudi Arabia worth more than $40 billion? Those CEOs of 23 companies investing in Saudi, stopping and banning them? The hypocrisy in all of this, out loud. deafening.”