The #5 ranked golfer in the world, Jon Rahm, held his press conference in Dubai on Wednesday ahead of the DP World Tour Championship at the Jumeirah Golf Estates. He went scorched earth on the new Official World Golf Ranking points system as it relates to the DP World Tour Championship, LIV Golf, and the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic event this week.
The DP World Tour Championship is a limited-field event that is only open to the top 50 players in the DP World Tour Rankings. This year it has a purse of $10 million with the winner taking home $3,000,000. And the field is stacked compared to the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic tournament this week in St. Simons Island, Georgia.
During his press conference, Jon Rahm seemed to be in favor of awarding the LIV Golf Tour Official World Golf Ranking points (OWGR) because of the ‘strength of field’. Rahm’s major contention with the new Official World Golf Ranking system, of which LIV Golf doesn’t receive points, is that it doesn’t value the strength of the field and instead smaller fields see a reduction in points.
Jon Rahm was straightforward and said “I’m going to be as blunt as I can, I think the OWGR is laughable.” 7 of the top 25 players in the world are competing in the DP World Tour Championship this week but there are fewer OWGR points at stake than the PGA Tour’s RSM Classic that doesn’t have a single top-20 player in the world in the field.
That PGA Tour event’s winner will receive 38 Official World Golf Ranking points compared to the DP World Tour Championship winner receiving just 21 OWGR points. And meanwhile, the LIV Golf Tour is still stuck on the outside receiving zero points.
To that end, Jon Rahm actually has an easy fix on how to start awarding LIV Golf Official World Golf Ranking points. He said:
“I think a lot of people are against them having world ranking points. If your requirement is to have world ranking points as 72 holes and a cut, maybe you don’t award the 100 percent of the points since they are not fulfilling all of the requirements.”
While he doesn’t explicitly say ‘they deserve points’ the mere act of suggesting a way for them to receive OWGR points while blasting the OWGR system seems to suggest that Jon Rahm is in favor of LIV Golf receiving Official World Golf Ranking points.
LIV Golf is desperate to receive Official World Golf Ranking points. The tour’s members need those OWGR points in order to compete in golf’s Major Championships down the line:
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LIV Golf had previously devised a plan to start receiving Official World Golf ranking points by partnering with the MENA Tour (Middle East and North Africa). But their plan was put on hold when OWGR announced they’d be reviewing the partnership and it would take a considerable amount of time.
You can watch Jon Rahm’s full press conference from Dubai here including his comments on LIV Golf and Official World Golf Ranking points.