Lee Westwood and other Tour pros react to "p*** take" OWGR changes

LIV Golf players Lee Westwood and Laurie Canter react with other DP World Tour pros about the recently announced OWGR changes.

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Tue, 9 Aug 2022
Lee Westwood and other Tour pros react to "p*** take" OWGR changes

LIV Golf players Lee Westwood and Laurie Canter have reacted to the changes announced by the governing body that awards world ranking points. 

Unsurprisingly Westwood, in particular, falls on one side of the argument. The Official World Golf ranking says the changes are to "remove bias". 

Golf stat man @VC606 on Twitter used one specific example, then wondered what the "hardworking" DP World Tour pros made of it all. 

Under the changes, the winner of the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Northern Ireland this week will receive just eight world ranking points. 

On the other hand, the winner of the FedEx St. Jude Championship on the PGA Tour will receive 68.5 points.

Of course, there is a considerable difference between the strengths of each field. Over on the PGA Tour, it is the first playoff event of the postseason with an absolutely stacked field and a prize purse of $15million, with the winner taking home a cheque for $2.7million.

By contrast, the ISPS Handa World Invitational has a prize purse of $3million, with the winner walking away with $250,000.

Westwood posted: "Literally makes all the tours around the world feeder tours Ovies. How they could vote for this and get it passed I have no idea."

Six-time European Tour winner Tony Johnstone, who has previously lashed out at the LIV Golf players, wrote: "Good luck to DPWT players trying to get into the top-50 if they support their home tour." 

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