Jon Rahm has ripped into the current state of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system by calling it "laughable" multiple times during his Wednesday media press conference ahead of the DP World Tour Championship.
Rahm, who was speaking to GolfMagic and other golfing media on site at Jumeirah Golf Estates earlier today, believes the OWGR have severely "missed the mark" with their recent changes to the system.
The Spaniard used this week's winning points divisor to vent his frustration, with only 22 points being awarded to the winner of the flagship DP World Tour event and nearly double (38 points) that over on the PGA Tour at the RSM Classic.
To put Rahm's comments below into perspective, seven of the current world's top 25 are in this week's 50-man DP World Championship field, including World No.1 Rory McIlroy, while none feature in the RSM Classic. The highest-ranked player teeing it up on the PGA Tour this week is Brian Harman, ranked 26th.
According to the latest OWGR changes, the system claims "fields are evaluated based on the skill level of every player in the field, rather than just those in the field among the current top 200 of the ranking."
That does not sit well with Jon Rahm:
Rahm was not done there, either.
McIlroy considers this week's OWGR points divisor is fair given there are 94 more players competing over on the PGA Tour.
"Yeah, so when you look at two different fields, you've got a 50-man field here versus a 144-man field there," said McIlroy, who is bidding to win his fourth DP World Tour Rankings title this week.
"So just in terms of how the strengths of field is calculated, they have 90 more players to contribute to their strength of field.
"So the reason that this has got 21 points and the RSM has got 39 is the person that wins the RSM has to beat 139 other guys. You only have to beat 49 other guys here. It's a much fairer system. I think it rewards people that -- it's pure numbers. Strength of field has not hurt people feelings.
"Has it upset people? Yes, because people have been used to getting a certain amount of World Ranking points in one event and now it's dropped. But I would say those events were getting more than they should be."
McIlroy believes the refreshed OWGR system has taken years of work and thought, but it will still need more time to settle.
He added: "I think it's the fairest system that you can come up with right now. And a lot of work went into that, five years of algorithms and analysis and work went on into the system, so it's not as if it changed overnight.
"A lot has gone into it. It's the best one that we can come up with right now, and I think it will take a while. It will take another 18 months for it to play out because everyone gets two years into the rolling system.
"It's a little bit -- as it's being rolled out, there's a little bit of discrepancy, but once we get two years into it and have the minimum divisor and all the events."
McIlroy then signed off with this final line, followed by a smirk and a laugh.
"I think you'll see a fairer reflection of where everyone is ranked in the world... that is eligible to be ranked, I have to add that caveat."
DP World Tour pro Romain Langasque would appear to have sided with Rahm on the debate, judging by his tweet this afternoon.
Can someone explain to me how the new world golf ranking is working ? 7 player in the Top 25 in the world here this week . None of them on pga tour event and they get 16 point better for the winner ? #justasking @DPWorldTour— Romain Langasque (@Lancaisse) November 16, 2022
What have the OWGR said?
Here's what they released in a document about their recent changes:
"OWGR's field rating calculation has been modernised so that fields will be evaluated based on the skill level of every player in the field, rather than just those in the field among the current top 200 of the ranking.
"With this enhancement, minimum point levels, flagship tournaments and home ratings are no longer needed, removing the bias that can result from their use.
"Additionally, all players making the cut will receive ranking points according to the points breakdown.
"The other primary components of the OWGR system will remain the same."
Elsewhere in Rahm's press conference earlier today, he urged everyone to "stop giving LIV publicity".
Rahm does, however, believe LIV Golf deserves to be awarded world ranking points at least in some way.
He also discussed whether or not Sergio Garcia's legacy would be affected following his move to LIV Golf.
Rahm joined Matt Fitzpatrick as the latest Honorary Lifetime Members of the DP World Tour, also.