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Golf: the LIV circuit wants its players to obtain points in the world ranking

Breakaway Saudi-funded league LIV Golf will require its players to be allowed to score points in the world rankings, chief executive, former Australian champion Greg Norman, announced on Saturday.

Norman said LIV’s application will be “very serious” as he worked with the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) committee to understand the intricacies.

“It will be interesting to see whether or not Jay Monahan (Editor’s note: his PGA Tour counterpart) withdraws from this vote, given what he has said on television, on the microphone of CBS Sports the other day,” Norman remarked.

On June 12, during the RBC Canadian Open, Monahan defended in an interview with Jim Nantz his decision to suspend 17 players who chose to join LIV Golf, which is financed by a public investment fund from the Saudi Arabia.

Two other stars of the PGA Tour, 2020 US Open champion Bryson DeChambeau and 2018 Masters champion Patrick Reed, will be among the 48 players participating in LIV’s next tournament, June 30-July 2, in Portland, Oregon.

Even if LIV Golf were to gain recognition from the OWGR, its players likely wouldn’t receive the same number of points as those on the PGA Tour, given its different format. For now, the events have only 48 athletes and last only three rounds, while the PGA presents tournaments of 72 holes generally involving 156 players.

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