Louis Oosthuizen makes Masters concession, blasts unresolved LIV Golf problem

Louis Oosthuizen has conceded he will miss playing in the Masters and criticised the OWGR for not recognising the breakaway LIV Golf League.

Louis Oosthuizen makes Masters concession, blasts unresolved LIV Golf problem
Louis Oosthuizen makes Masters concession, blasts unresolved LIV Golf…

Louis Oosthuizen has conceded he's made peace with not playing major championship golf anymore as he opened up about the likely prospect of missing his first Masters since 2008. 

The South African, once as high as the world number four position in the Official World Golf Ranking, has now fallen to 137th. 

Of course, that decline is owing to the former Open champion's decision to bolt from the establishment and join the lucrative LIV Golf League

Oosthuizen would need to somehow make his way into the top 50 of the OWGR a week before the 48th Masters begins to make it to Magnolia Lane. 

"When I made the decision to join LIV Golf, I knew it was inevitable," Oosthuizen told Gulf News ahead of this week's International Series Oman. 

Oosthuizen is one of a posse of LIV players who have made the trip to the Arabian Peninsula

He continued: "I knew the day would come where I wasn't able to play a tournament like Augusta.

"To be honest with you, that golf course is so long right now that I'm struggling around it.

"There's more seven woods and three irons into par 4s there than there was in 2009 and 2010. I'll miss it because it's an unbelievable experience.

"It's a great golf course, a great tournament, but I honestly think the golf course is a little bit too long for me now anyway."

Louis Oosthuizen makes Masters concession, blasts unresolved LIV Golf problem

Oosthuizen's comments come as there has been renewed discontent amongst the LIV Golf ranks about their lack of recognition by the OWGR. 

Greg Norman labelled the situation 'laughable' but one PGA Tour pro took a dim view of the Australian's position

Oosthuizen is thankful he can still play the Open, but believes it's 'a shame' LIV players are not 'getting what they deserve'. 

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He said: "I sort of joined LIV Golf knowing that we weren't going to get any World Ranking points, if you can even call it the World Rankings anymore.

"I made my peace with not playing in the majors, fortunately I can still play the Open, but it's a shame to see great players not getting what they deserve and hopefully they (OWGR) can do something quickly about it.

"I think the whole system needs to change completely. If they don't want to give us World Ranking points on LIV Golf then they should change the system where they give spots to Majors on each tour around the world or something like that.

"I'm surprised those guys have a lot more experience than me, sitting on boards and doing their things, that I can't believe there's no solution to it."

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