LIV Golf's Ian Poulter shares his theory about 'the powers that be'

Ian Poulter shared his theory about the rival league after LIV Golf's event in Singapore. 

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Tue, 2 May 2023
LIV Golf's Ian Poulter shares his theory about 'the powers that be'

LIV Golf's Ian Poulter said it's unlikely that he'll play in another Masters Tournament as he shared his theory for LIV Golf's lack of Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points during a Q&A on his Instagram Monday.

The 47-year-old is currently in his second season playing on the PGA Tour's rival league, where he co-captains the Majesticks GC with Lee Westwood and Henrik Stenson

He did a long Q&A on Monday following the conclusion of the weekend's LIV Golf Singapore event, the fifth LIV Golf tournament of 2023.

In that Q&A, Poulter made a comment about a potential LIV Golf expansion in the league's future. LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman had teased the idea of an expansion earlier in April. 

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"It has room for it if need be..." Poulter replied to the question when asked about possibilities of adding more players to the current 48-man lineup. 

He was also asked if he would ever play in The Masters again, after missing the tournament for the past two years. 

"It's not looking likely as we don't have World Ranking points on @livgolf_league," he wrote, adding:

"The powers that be will allow us points once everyone is outside the Top 300 so we won't be playing for any."

The amount of OWGR points given out for an event relies on the strength of the field.

If everyone in LIV Golf is ranked outside the top 300, their strength of field at tournaments won't warrant many OWGR points if their application does get approved. 

This past month, 18 LIV Golf players were eligible to play at the Masters Tournament, with two of them tying for second place.

Both Brooks Koepka and Phil Mickelson, who gained entry through their major championship wins, finished four strokes back of winner Jon Rahm

Mickelson very well likely will never have any issues playing in the Masters as a past champion of the event.

Poulter, however, did not win a major prior to switching over the Saudi-backed league, and can't rely on that for eligibility. 

With no OWGR points given to LIV Golf tournaments as of yet, Poulter will just become one of many LIV Golf members whose future at Augusta National is at risk. 

Related: LIV Golf's Phil Mickelson: "I don't need OWGR points nor do I care about them" 

The next major and meeting of the men's professional golf leagues will take place a few weeks from now in Rochester, New York for the PGA Championship

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