Oct 6, 2022
LIV Golf's crafty attempt to obtain world ranking points for its players — using an existing tour's name and format as a way to merge into the Official World Golf Rankings system — is on hold. The OWGR is reviewing LIV's plan to align with the tiny, developmental MENA Tour for the purposes of obtaining points for LIV's tournaments, and indicated the review will not be complete in time to award points for this weekend's LIV tournament in Bangkok or next week's in Jeddah.
The MENA Tour, a developmental tour covering the Middle East and North Africa, has been a member of the OWGR since 2016, meaning players on the tour can earn ranking points for strong performances. Ranking points are the key to entering majors for players without existing exemptions like past victories.
However, LIV Golf does not yet get ranking points for its tournaments, meaning LIV players — particularly those who are younger or who have not won certain majors — have virtually no path to the majors. Although LIV's enormous paychecks, underwritten by the Saudi government's Public Investment Fund, are an attraction, many golfers also value the legacy aspect of the majors, and would like the opportunity to compete in them while playing on the LIV tour.
Source: Yahoo Sports