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Bryson DeChambeau’s ‘unfortunate’ reaction to OWGR points denial of LIV Golf

On Tuesday, the Official World Golf Ranking’s board rejected LIV Golf’s application. Players on the Saudi-sponsored tour will not earn points towards the 2024 world rankings.

Bryson DeChambeau, one of LIV’s biggest names, said: Thoughts on denial, By Flushing It Golf.

“It’s unfortunate, but it’s the same situation as it has been for the last few years,” DeChambeau said. “Frankly, the answer should be to give them spots based on their performance during the season. A top 12 would be the perfect way to get back to where they were.”

Although many thought this refusal was political in nature, the board actually provided clear reasons as to why it believed it was not in the best interests of the sport. Ta.

OWGR rejected LIV Golf for not playing in a format that allowed for fair rankings with other players with whom LIV Golf was attempting to compete. Their 54-hole event, shotgun start, and no cuts are unlike any other professional golf organization. However, it was the 48-man field that ultimately led to the rejection.

Ahead of Wednesday’s LIV Golf Jeddah, the former SMU golfer detailed his initial thoughts.

“Right now, they don’t allow that, so I would like to find another way to be integrated into the major championship system, because I think we have some of the best players in the world. ” DeChambeau said. .

DeChambeau is one of the top golfers in LIV Golf and will benefit greatly from earning OWGR points. He played in all four majors last season. But if DeChambeau doesn’t score any more points, he could fall so far down the rankings that he can only qualify for the U.S. Open as a former champion.

Other members of LIV who have not won a major recently or at all may have their chances of playing in a major in the future eliminated.

The 30-year-old suggested OWGR look at LIV Golf’s top 12 or use the prize list at the end of each season. DeChambeau shot an incredible 58 at the LIV Golf Greenbrier earlier this year and is ranked No. 3.

“It’s honestly unfortunate that they did that,” DeChambeau said. “People will say it’s sad that we came here, but it’s like, look, this is a great opportunity for all of us. I think we’ve pretty much told that story.”

“We want to continue to change and grow the game in the many places we have all visited throughout this year, including Saudi Arabia, Singapore and Australia, and we intend to continue to do so in the future. I think that’s the thing, I think that’s what’s needed, and I think we’re doing a good job so far and we’re going to continue to get better.”

DeChambeau is one of LIV Golf’s biggest allies and outspoken supporters. Moving on to rival tours, he praised them. However, if LIV Golf members want to play with the best players in the world, they’ll have to come up with something else.

Savannah Lee Richardson is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow her on Twitter @SportsGirls See more golf coverage on Instagram @savannah_leigh_sports.Be sure to check it out @_PlayingThrough Too.

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