Poulter throws another dig at OWGR over ranking error

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Ian Poulter took to social media to throw aim his latest dig at the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) after the system made a ranking error after last week’s Sentry Tournament in Hawaii.

Last week’s winner, Chris Kirk was the winner of the opening PGA Tour event of 2024 and rose up 27 places to 25th in the world rankings.

However, four days later the OWGR system admitted to an error in awarding points for the tournament which forced them to reconfigure the points.

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Fortunately for Kirk he actually jumped an additional four places to 21st in the world after the error was corrected.

A seemingly low key error would not have raised too many eyebrows in the world of golf, but LIV Golf player, Ian Poulter, took exception to the ruling with the Saudi backed tour yet to be recognised by the OWGR meaning their events are being played without the award of ranking points to players.

Responding to OWGR’s correction on social media, the Englishman wrote: “What [an] Organization… What’s a couple of numbers between friends.”

This isn’t Poulter’s first jibe at the ranking organisation as twelve months ago he accused them of being obsolete.

“We all know that the World Rankings are not reflective of the World Rankings,” he said last January. “Every week that they go past and keep clicking, they become more and more obsolete. We are now seeing a system that used to be fair. Look what has happened.

“One top-20 player and 26 World Ranking points (to the winner) this week. So how can not being in the majors not bother me? Do I want to play in every one of them? Of course I do. That’s my road to the Ryder Cup. But I’m not in. So my only road to get in is to play in World Ranking tournaments.”

Last October LIV Golf lost its bid to earn world ranking points at its events.

Currently there are three LIV golfers inside the top-50 in the world, including their latest recruit, Jon Rahm who is the world number three.

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