LIV Golf pro makes claim about OWGR chairman after points snub

LIV Golf player Peter Uihlein has revealed details of a conversation he had with Official World Golf Ranking chairman Peter Dawson. 

LIV Golf pro makes claim about OWGR chairman after points snub

Eyebrows were raised when LIV Golf's Yasir Al-Rumayyan played alongside R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers and OWGR chairman Peter Dawson at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. 

Intriguingly, Al-Rumayyan was playing under the pseudonym 'Andrew Waterman' at the $5m DP World Tour event. 

Also in their group was Peter Uihlien, a former PGA Tour pro who is part of Dustin Johnson's 4 Aces side. 

Of course, we were left wondering whether there were any juicy discussions between the man who controls LIV's purse strings and two of the most influential figures in men's professional golf.  

According to reporters at the event, Al-Rumayyan's 'stern-faced' private security guard intervened when a pool of scribes attempted to ask the Saudi businessman for comment about his appearance and what was discussed on the fairways. 

Uihlien, however, has revealed details of his conversation with Dawson. 

Dawson wrote to LIV Golf earlier in the week to confirm the breakaway tour had lost their bid to earn world ranking points

The decision was unanimous, according to the letter Dawson penned to the rival tour on Tuesday to LIV chief executive Greg Norman and their chief operating officer Gary Davidson. 

LIV Golf launched their bid for world ranking accreditation in July 2022. 

Dawson wrote there were concerns about the format of LIV Golf and they could have been resolved with a mathematical formula, however the biggest issues are:

  • The same 48 players feature all season
  • Limited access to the tour
  • Players on multi-year contracts

LIV Golf are angry at the decision and complained the fans will ultimately be the ones to miss out. 

"Professional golf is now without a true or global scoring and ranking system," LIV wrote in a statement. 

But according to Uihlien, LIV is not as far away as they think. Uihlien said Dawson 'loves what's going on here [at LIV]'. 

He said:

"Just the few conversations I've had with Mr. Dawson, he likes LIV, he loves what's going on here, I just think he would've liked to have seen a couple of tweaks. But it doesn't seem like it's that far off, from the understanding that I got in speaking to him."

Whether or not LIV will make those tweaks remains to be seen. In the meantime, LIV players have been reacting to the news. 

Talor Gooch and Cameron Smith expressed dismay before LIV's tournament in Jeddah. 

And despite being similarly disappointed, Bryson DeChambeau has offered his solution.

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