Phil Mickelson has revealed why the heads of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) board "don't want to give points" to LIV Golf players following a Twitter exchange with PGA Tour coach and former golf analyst Peter Kostis.
Kostis, 75, took to the social media platform to pose a question to his followers following the PGA Tour's latest bombshell news about limiting field sizes and having no cuts in a number of designated events in 2024.
The former long-time CBS Sports analyst now wants to know what is going to happen to all the TV and sponsor contracts, and purse sizes, of all the non-designated tournaments next season?
Question. What happens to the TV contracts, sponsor contracts and purse sizes of the non-designated events in 2024? All of these were negotiated with a different landscape. Will sponsors and TV pay the same $ for what is perceived to be a lesser product?— Peter Kostis (@peterjkostis) March 2, 2023
LIV Golf pro Mickelson then got involved and gave his damning verdict on the matter in regards world golf ranking points.
Peter, you probably already know this but the tv deal is based on quality of field bench marks based on OWGR to receive the full reported value. If they don’t hit them, the money gets reduced. I’m not sure if it’s cumulative for all events or a per event basis.— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) March 3, 2023
The six-time major champion then added:
If LIV players were to receive points and the players were ranked in top 100, Tour would not come close to hitting these benchmarks and the tv deal would be SIGNIFICANTLY reduced. Explains why heads of OWGR don’t want to give points butwhatever— Phil Mickelson (@PhilMickelson) March 3, 2023
As it stands, LIV Golf tournaments remain shut out of receiving any OWGR points.
It has today emerged in a report by the Mail that LIV Golf are considering turning their backs on the OWGR altogether and focusing their efforts elsewhere.
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