LIV Golf members are still unable to earn Official World Golf points at their events, which will start to hurt players on the Saudi-backed circuit.
In the eyes of Justin Thomas, however, they have only themselves to blame.
Speaking ahead of the Presidents Cup this week at Quail Hollow Club in North Carolina, he doesn’t understand why they are so upset. They knew this was going to happen.
“I mean, I don’t understand. It’s very clear and written right in front of them,” said Thomas. “They naturally want what’s best for them, just like the decision they made to go there.”
All 48 players who competed in last week’s LIV Golf event near Chicago co-signed a letter to OWGR chairman Peter Dawson this week asking for ranking points for the league.
They even went so far as to compare themselves to the Big Ten and the SEC.
“OWGR without LIV would be incomplete and inaccurate,” they wrote, “it’s like leaving the Big 10 or the SEC out of the US college football rankings, or Belgium, Argentina and England out of the FIFA rankings … fans deserve. Rankings that are comprehensive and accurate. Not including 48 of the best golfers in the world would be what fans deserve.”
The OWGR does not have a timetable for its decision. LIV Golf’s members – which include some top golfers and plenty of recent championship winners – will soon start falling in the rankings. That will make it harder and harder for them to qualify for future majors and other events outside the LIV Golf circuit.
While Thomas said he gets why they want to rank the points, and admits the system may be ranked from now on, he doesn’t think that means they should get the points.
After all, he said, rules and systems are already in place – something again, he noted, LIV Golf members knew about when they left the PGA Tour.
“Hey, if I was doing the same situation, I’d like it, but that doesn’t necessarily work out,” Thomas said. “The governing bodies have created a system for a reason, and that is to try and create the best possible system to determine the best players in the world.
“Now, yes, is it going to be skewed because some of the best players aren’t going to be there? Yes. But that’s their own fault for the decision they made, and they knew very well going into it that there’s a good chance they won’t have world ranking points, and they took that risk.
“In my opinion, that’s their fault.”