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PGA Tour execs weigh in on LIV Golf’s OWGR downside: “Issues should be up to date”

LIV Golf pulled the plug on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) early Tuesday, which led multiple PGA Tour players to discuss this issue at the Arnold Palmer Invitational. Opinions somewhat varied, but a common feeling permeated across Bay Hill. Players lack confidence in the current structure of the OWGR. “It’s inevitable that things need

PGA Tour execs weigh in on LIV Golf’s OWGR downside: “Issues should be up to date”

LIV Golf pulled the plug on the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) early Tuesday, which led a number of PGA Tour gamers to debate this challenge on the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Opinions considerably diverse, however a typical feeling permeated throughout Bay Hill. Gamers lack confidence within the present construction of the OWGR.

“It’s inevitable that issues should be up to date, or issues should be modified,” Patrick Cantlay stated at his Tuesday press convention.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, at the moment the ninth-ranked participant on this planet, took it another step, advocating for DataGolf as a substitute of OWGR.

“I don’t assume the world rankings are a real illustration of the golf sport on the minute. I don’t actually take a look at them or take note of them anymore. I don’t assume they’re proper. So I take a look at DataGolf,” Fitzpatrick defined on Golf Channel’s Golf Right now.

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Matt Fitzpatrick in the course of the third spherical of the 2024 Cognizant Traditional.
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“DataGolf has a greater illustration of how individuals are enjoying on this planet, in my view. I believe it’s partly an indication that there’s loads of depth on right here, which we’ve identified that for years on the PGA Tour, there’s all the time been a variety of energy and depth, however I actually assume these days the rating facet of it’s a little bit skewed.”

DataGolf prioritizes strokes-gained metrics and ranks golfers throughout all excursions, together with LIV gamers. It has emerged because the extra correct rating for execs, followers, and media alike.

Take Joaquin Niemann, as an illustration.

The Chilean received the Australian Open in December, completed fourth on the Dubai Desert Traditional in January, and has since received two LIV Golf occasions.

DataGolf lists Niemann because the Twelfth-ranked golfer on this planet, second solely to Jon Rahm amongst LIV gamers. In the meantime, after Niemann’s win in Saudi Arabia final week, he dropped from 72nd to 76th within the OWGR.

“You see what Joaquin’s finished this 12 months, and he’s [76th] on this planet. I’m not a man who’s on the coverage board or concerned with these rankings, however the man has performed some actually good golf,” Will Zalatoris stated Tuesday.

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Will Zalatoris speaks to the media forward of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
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“Having him get a particular exemption from Augusta National [is nice]. There are some actually good gamers, and there are some guys which have gone all over the world and performed actually good golf, and I believe that’s one thing that, as soon as we get to the majors, it will likely be actually enjoyable to have us all again collectively.”

Xander Schauffele congratulated Niemann on receiving an invitation from The Masters, too.

“I believe that’s very effectively deserved,” Schauffele stated Tuesday.

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“[The Masters is] identified to be a worldwide occasion. It’s a worldwide deal—a serious. All of them are, to be sincere. So, it’s good to see the highest Chilean on the market.”

Schauffele then acknowledged the expertise that exists on the LIV Golf circuit, which has poached quite a few prime gamers from the PGA Tour over the previous few years.

“The LIV Tour positively has actually good gamers and gamers which might be within the prime 10 or prime 25 on this planet, and there’s lots of ‘em,” Schauffele stated.

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Joaquin Niemann poses with the trophy after his LIV Golf win in Saudi Arabia.
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“So, they’re simply type of unranked proper now, however to me, I do consider they’re positively top-ranked gamers on this planet.”

Three of the final eight main champions now play on LIV Golf, together with Brooks Koepka, who grew to become the primary lively LIV participant to win a serious finally 12 months’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Fitzpatrick echoed this sentiment, too.

“[The OWGR is] lacking a variety of the highest gamers,” Fitzpatrick added on Golf Right now.

“I don’t assume it’s proper to not have these gamers concerned on this planet rankings. What’s Dustin Johnson on this planet, I don’t even know. What’s Koepka? I believe that’s the one challenge proper now with the Official World Golf Rankings.”

Other than Fitzpatrick, many gamers would not have a decision in thoughts.

“I don’t have the repair for it,” added Zalatoris.

“I do know some guys have voiced their opinions on it. I like staying out of that stuff. Proper now, it’s in an fascinating place. I’ll go away it at that.”

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By way of. Remember to take a look at @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.

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