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LIV Golf continues to challenge the system.
Last week, 50 golfers signed a letter to the chairman of the official World Golf Ranking asking for their scores to be included in the rankings, since the rival Saudi-backed circuit first applied on July 6.
“An OUGR without LIV is incomplete and inaccurate, which would mean leaving the Big 10 or the SEC out of the US college soccer rankings, or Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings,” the letter said.
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Two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson and 48 other golfers who took part in the fifth annual Levy Golf Tournament in Chicago last weekend petitioned the organization.
According to the Golf Channel, the players said, “The level of competition in an average LIV tournament is at least equal to that of an average PGA Tour event.”
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LIV Golf has 13 top 50 players on tour, but the addition of Cameron Smith, who was ranked No. 2 at the time, sent shock waves through the golf community.
“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly international league is attracting the world’s best players and growing the game for the next generation,” LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman said in a statement at the time. A realistic league that connects with audiences continues to embrace the excitement and energy of team golf.”
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Since 1999, the Masters has invited the top 50 at the end of the year, and the US Open and British Open also use world ranking as a key qualifying criterion. The PGA Championship, although it falls under the category of “Special Invitations,” has a history of inviting 100s.
“How can such a system exclude players who compete at such a high level during the year with some of the strongest fields competing for big purses at such high-profile events?” The letter said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.