BANGKOK – The LIV Golf Invitational Series forms a “strategic alliance” with the Mena Development Tour in a bid to secure golf’s official world ranking points.
United kingdom Daily Telegraph mentioned On Wednesday, the agreement with the Dubai-based circuit will allow players competing at this week’s LIV golf event in Bangkok to earn points as well as through the 13-event individual schedule next year.
The official website for the world golf rankings This week’s LIV Golf does not count among the episodes that earned points.
A spokesperson for LIV Golf Sports Illustrated That information was forthcoming, but the entity did not say anything official on the matter. The players were told of the order at a pro party on Wednesday.
A source told SI that there has been positive reaction to the move from OWGR officials but it is unclear if this will happen before the start of the tournament, which begins on Friday.
If true, maneuvering is an interesting strategy for LIV Golf, which has been vocal in its desire to get its players to earn world ranking points. I recently sent a letter To the chair of the Official Golf World Ranking Committee, Peter Dawson, signed by the 50 players who participated in the LIV events. The message stated “OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate”.
The Mena Tour plays events across the Middle East and North Africa but has been on hold since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. It is said to be embarking on a 2022-23 schedule of 15 events, with the LIV Golf Bangkok event being the first. It is believed that the fact that the Middle East and North Africa Tour (an acronym for Middle East and North Africa) was dormant was the opening for LIV Golf.
LIV Golf . owns Another regular event next week in Saudi Arabia Before the team championship ends at the end of the month.
The Telegraph report said 13 single events on LIV schedule in 2023 As part of the Middle East and North Africa Tour, which will consist of 15 other events – all of which will be open to LIV Golf players.
The Mena Tour website does not list any tournament schedule for 2022–23, and the total portfolio of its events is $75,000 — or $45,000 less than what the last-place finisher in the 48-player LIV field would receive. LIV events contain $25 million in purses, of which $20 million is for the singles portion and $4 million for the winner.
LIV Golf already has a relationship with the Asian Tour and funds a series of elevated events on that circuit known as the International Series, with improved portfolios and a small window of opportunity for top players to advance – and demote their rank – between the International Series and LIV. The Asian Tour sanctioned LIV Golf and was the sponsor for their application to the world ranking points.
How OWGR will allow LIV to score points in this way is still unclear. It must be determined if there is a path from the development circuit to LIV Golf, or at least to the Asian Tour.
And LIV Golf still has many glaring weaknesses, according to Various standards set by OWGR. Playing 54-hole events with only 48 players and no pieces is seen as a disadvantage. So is the lack of real access to LIV events – the majority of players have signed contracts to be part of the league and cannot be replaced.
As it is now, LIV Golf events will not earn a large number of points. OWGR, after several years adjusting its plans, has put in place a more detailed rating system that began in August. It’s already clear that smaller field events are seeing a drop in points.
For example, the 30-player Tour Championship saw Rory McIlroy score 38 points for a win (and a low 72-hole score). A year ago, Jon Ram and Kevin Na shared the 72-hole low score and had 51 points each.
The same will happen in December at the Hero World Challenge, where the 20-player field will see the points distribution reduced.