Our attentions are turning towards the 2023 Ryder Cup but in the interim we still have the small matter of what will transpire between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf.
We now know, as Jon Rahm would say, there is an 'agreement to have an agreement'.
Lord knows what that will actually look like.
In case you didn't know, there is a 31 December 2023 deadline for the organisations to finalise the deal, so you won't have to wait too long to find out.
Whenever LIV Golf is discussed it's not too long until the subject of world ranking points is brought up. It's a tiresome subject but an important one nonetheless.
LIV applied for Official World Golf Ranking accreditation before the 150th Open at St. Andrews last July.
Since then: tumbleweeds and cries of collusion.
R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers did have some things to say about LIV's bid in his annual news conference before the major.
He believes many people are getting one thing wrong when it comes to this subject.
Since the Open was played, we do have another small update.
OWGR board members, according to Golf Digest, did meet last Tuesday where LIV was discussed.
Interestingly, that was before LIV officials also met with Slumbers in secret.
Per the report, there is an impasse over two issues:
- The integrity of the individual amid a team contest
- The lack of a merit-based qualifying system
| Phil Mickelson says LIV Golf's world ranking points issue was addressed before the rival league even began and it was 'made clear' the 'heads of the OWGR would do everything in their power to shut LIV down by any and all means'. pic.twitter.com/GMy4cNQwXR— GolfMagic (@GolfMagic) May 2, 2023
LIV previously announced a relegation and promotion plan in an attempt to rectify the latter issue.
But it appears the OWGR is concerned the system isn't entirely merit-based if players have multi-year contracts that prevent them from getting relegated.
GD report that LIV officials also wrote to OWGR reps to ask if they believed their players were cheating.
OWGR officials also reported concern over the LIV Golf Orlando event where Sebastian Munoz admitted he played conservatively to preserve a team victory for Torque.
He two-putted for par at the
72nd 54th hole, though if he made birdie he would have forced a playoff with Brooks Koepka.
"I knew I couldn't be too aggressive," Munoz later said.
What Martin Slumbers said at The Open
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