LIV Golf claims gamers can earn rating factors after Mena Tour settlement

Published:Mar 9, 202410:11
LIV Golf claims gamers can earn rating factors after Mena Tour settlement

LIV Golf gamers are set to earn world rating factors beginning this week after the developmental MENA (Center East and North Africa) Tour mentioned on Wednesday it had shaped a strategic alliance with the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit.

LIV Golf is holding the sixth occasion of its inaugural season this week simply north of Bangkok and the MENA Tour mentioned these competing at Stonehill Golf Course will instantly qualify for official world rating factors.

As a part of the alliance, LIV Golf Invitational occasions will change into a part of, and sanctioned by, the MENA Tour, which is among the many eligible excursions listed on the Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) web site.

"We're taking this mutually useful motion to assist the sport on the developmental stage and due to the significance and equity of LIV golfers qualifying for OWGR factors," LIV Golf president Atul Khosla mentioned in a MENA Tour information launch.

"We're happy to create pathways that give extra alternatives for younger gamers whereas additionally giving followers rankings that embrace all of the world’s finest golfers."

This week's LIV Golf occasion, which can characteristic large names like world quantity three Cameron Smith and twice main winner Dustin Johnson, isn't listed on the OWGR web site among the many occasions receiving factors.

With out the flexibility to earn factors, which carry vital weight with regards to gaining entry into golf's 4 majors, these competing on LIV Golf will tumble down the rankings and be susceptible to lacking the blue-riband occasions.

Final month, all 48 gamers who competed at LIV Golf's occasion exterior Chicago despatched a joint letter to OWGR chairman Peter Dawson urging him to award rating factors to opponents on the Saudi Arabia-backed series.

Based on the OWGR web site, the rating factors breakdown is derived from every event's whole discipline score and factors are awarded to gamers who make the lower and full an occasion, topic to their ending place within the event.

LIV Golf's 54-hole occasions shouldn't have a lower.

The LIV Golf series is bankrolled by the Saudi Arabia Public Funding Fund, and critics have accused it of being a automobile for the nation to aim to enhance its status within the face of criticism of its human rights report.

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