Friday, April 19, 2024

PGA Tour execs agree with LIV Golf’s OWGR drawback, name for change

LIV Golf pulled the plug on the Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) early Tuesday, which led a number of PGA Tour gamers to debate this subject on the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Opinions considerably diversified, however a typical feeling permeated throughout Bay Hill. Gamers lack confidence within the present construction of the OWGR.

“It’s inevitable that issues should be up to date, or issues should be modified,” Patrick Cantlay stated at his Tuesday press convention.

Matthew Fitzpatrick, at present the ninth-ranked participant on this planet, took it one other step, advocating for DataGolf as a substitute of OWGR.

“I don’t suppose the world rankings are a real illustration of the golf sport on the minute. I don’t actually have a look at them or take note of them anymore. I don’t suppose they’re proper. So I have a look at DataGolf,” Fitzpatrick defined on Golf Channel’s Golf At present.

Matt Fitzpatrick, PGA Tour, The Cognizant Classic in The Palm Beaches

Matt Fitzpatrick in the course of the third spherical of the 2024 Cognizant Traditional.
Photograph by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Photographs

“DataGolf has a greater illustration of how individuals are taking part in on this planet, for my part. I feel it’s partly an indication that there’s loads of depth on right here, which we’ve recognized that for years on the PGA Tour, there’s all the time been a number of energy and depth, however I definitely suppose these days the rating aspect of it’s a little bit skewed.”

DataGolf prioritizes strokes-gained metrics and ranks golfers throughout all excursions, together with LIV gamers. It has emerged because the extra correct rating for execs, followers, and media alike.

Take Joaquin Niemann, as an illustration.

The Chilean received the Australian Open in December, completed fourth on the Dubai Desert Traditional in January, and has since received two LIV Golf occasions.

DataGolf lists Niemann because the Twelfth-ranked golfer on this planet, second solely to Jon Rahm amongst LIV gamers. In the meantime, after Niemann’s win in Saudi Arabia final week, he dropped from 72nd to 76th within the OWGR.

“You see what Joaquin’s executed this 12 months, and he’s [76th] on this planet. I’m not a man who’s on the coverage board or concerned with these rankings, however the man has performed some actually good golf,” Will Zalatoris stated Tuesday.

Will Zalatoris, PGA Tour, Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by Mastercard

Will Zalatoris speaks to the media forward of the 2024 Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Photograph by Keyur Khamar/PGA Tour through Getty Photographs

“Having him get a particular exemption from Augusta Nationwide [is nice]. There are some actually good gamers, and there are some guys which have gone all over the world and performed actually good golf, and I feel that’s one thing that, as soon as we get to the majors, will probably be actually enjoyable to have us all again collectively.”

Xander Schauffele congratulated Niemann on receiving an invitation from The Masters, too.

“I feel that’s very effectively deserved,” Schauffele stated Tuesday.

“[The Masters is] recognized to be a worldwide occasion. It’s a world deal—a serious. All of them are, to be trustworthy. So, it’s good to see the highest Chilean on the market.”

Schauffele then acknowledged the expertise that exists on the LIV Golf circuit, which has poached quite a few high gamers from the PGA Tour over the previous few years.

“The LIV Tour undoubtedly has actually good gamers and gamers which can be within the high 10 or high 25 on this planet, and there’s lots of ‘em,” Schauffele stated.

Joaquin Niemann, LIV Golf

Joaquin Niemann poses with the trophy after his LIV Golf win in Saudi Arabia.
Photograph by Francois Nel/Getty Photographs

“So, they’re simply kind of unranked proper now, however to me, I do consider they’re undoubtedly top-ranked gamers on this planet.”

Three of the final eight main champions now play on LIV Golf, together with Brooks Koepka, who turned the primary energetic LIV participant to win a serious ultimately 12 months’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Fitzpatrick echoed this sentiment, too.

“[The OWGR is] lacking a number of the highest gamers,” Fitzpatrick added on Golf At present.

“I don’t suppose it’s proper to not have these gamers concerned on this planet rankings. What’s Dustin Johnson on this planet, I don’t even know. What’s Koepka? I feel that’s the one subject proper now with the Official World Golf Rankings.”

Except for Fitzpatrick, many gamers do not need a decision in thoughts.

“I don’t have the repair for it,” added Zalatoris.

“I do know some guys have voiced their opinions on it. I like staying out of that stuff. Proper now, it’s in an attention-grabbing place. I’ll go away it at that.”

Jack Milko is a golf employees author for SB Nation’s Enjoying By. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough for extra golf protection. You may comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko as effectively.

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