Ahead of this week’s LIV Golf Singapore in Sentosa, both Bubba Watson and Bryson DeChambeau have heavily criticised the Official World Golf Rankings believing the algorithm to be almost obsolete in its current form.
Watson and DeChambeau have tumbled down the world rankings with LIV golfers still not eligible to earn world ranking points in LIV Golf events. Last week’s winner Talor Gooch dropped two places to 59th and there are now just six LIV players ranked inside the top-50 in the world.
“You should realize that the OWGR is not accurate,” said DeChambeau who is ranked 178th in the world.
“I think that they need to come to a resolution or it will become obsolete. It’s pretty much almost obsolete as of right now. But again, if the majors and everything continue to have that as their ranking system, then they are biting it quite heavily.
“Again, I’m in a lawsuit, so I can’t say much more. I’d have much more to say. It’s very disappointing that that’s the way it goes because it’s not right, and I hope people can see through that.
“It’s disappointing that somebody takes such a hard stance. I mean, when you are looking at a situation, I always try and take both sides and look at them equally and say, okay, what’s the best for everyone and everything, not say: This is the way it needs to be done, this is the way it’s been done and this is how it should stay.
“It’s kind of — humans are always moving forward in a — I guess you could say, an innovative direction, and this is just another one of those steps and I hope they catch on pretty quickly, because they are going to run out of business pretty soon.”
Two-time Masters winner Watson feels that the major championships should be made up of the best players on each tour, including LIV Golf because no tour in the world can currently boast having the best players in their fields.
“You’re not playing the best players in the world, right. You could sit here and name all 48, right. You could sit here and name everybody. Those aren’t the best in the world. If you’re saying these tournaments are the best in the world, you’ve got to have the best there.
“To keep them out or to make them lose World Ranking points is not the right way to go. I’ve said it, and I’m going to say it again. I believe we’ve just got to focus on the tours and our league, and the top players; if that means the PGA TOUR gets 60 to 75 guys from there to be in every major, great. And if that means ten to 15 of our guys, at the end of the year, whoever has the most points get in the majors, great.
“Forget World Ranking points, just who is the best in your tour and our league and go from there. That’s how you do it. It’s simple math. Forget World Ranking points about who plays at what tournament, this tournament is better than that tournament, no. Your tour, your league, call it a day, and those places play against each other four times a year.”
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