LIV Golf: No ranking points for Bangkok and Jeddah, says OWGR

Open champion Cameron Smith won his first LIV Golf title in Chicago in September

LIV Golf players will not be able to earn world ranking points at the upcoming events in Bangkok and Jeddah, the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) has said.

But OWGR says it didn’t receive enough notice to conduct a review ahead of the series’ next events in October.

OWGR has confirmed that a review of changes to the Mena Tour is underway.

Saudi-sponsored LIV Golf will hold Invitational events in Bangkok on October 7-9 and Jeddah on October 14-16.

An OWGR statement said the Mena Tour’s communication detailed “significant changes” to its membership structure, as well as the outline of the inaugural series of tournaments for the 2022-23 season.

He added: “The Mena Tour’s notification of these changes is not sufficient for the OWGR to carry out the usual required review prior to the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok and LIV Golf Invitational Jeddah.

“Only upon completion of the review will a decision be made regarding the awarding of points to the Mena Tour’s new ‘Limited Field Tournaments’, defined by the Mena Tour in its Regulations as ‘any tournament approved by the Mena Tour that consists of a field of players.’ Less than 80 players’.

“Regular Mena Tour official events played over 54 or 72 holes with a cut after 36 holes, and its Tour Championships, normally over 54 holes without a cut, remain eligible for entry into the OWGR.”

LIV Golf is not currently recognized by the OWGR, meaning players are at risk of falling down the rankings and missing out on majors.

All LIV Golf players have joined the Mena Tour, which has been inactive since the start of the global pandemic, as part of the deal.

Mena Tour commissioner David Spencer said the LIV Golf alliance made it a “very exciting day” for the Tour and its players.

The 48 players who took part in LIV’s event in Chicago last month, including Open champion Cameron Smith and six-time major winner Phil Mickelson, wrote to OWGR president Peter Dawson last month asking him to attribute ranking points to past and future events.

LIV Golf, which offers a $25 million purse in its events and is led by two-time major winner and former world number one Greg Norman, launched in June and has caused deep divisions in the sport.

Major winner Brooks Koepka and former world number one Dustin Johnson are among other players who have left the PGA Tour to join LIV.