The Official World Golf Ranking has denied LIV Golf ranking points due to limited player access and relegation for underperforming players. However, LIV Golf has taken steps to address these concerns with their upcoming “Promotions” event.
LIV Golf has announced that the “Promotions” event will be held from December 8-10 at Dhabi Golf Club in the United Arab Emirates. This 72-hole event will span three days and include cuts and scoring resets after the first two rounds.
The top 20 finishers after Round 1, along with exempt players, will advance to the next round. Following another scoring reset, the top 20 players after Round 2 will proceed to the 36-hole final day. The scores will be reset once again between the second and third rounds.
The top 3 players after 72 holes will earn status on LIV Golf in 2024 and will be eligible for team drafting. On the other hand, the bottom four players without contracts from the previous LIV season will be replaced by the top performers from the “Promotions” event. The Asian Tour’s International Series top points earner, most likely Andy Ogletree, will fill the fourth spot.
LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman stated, “Open competition and meritocracy have always been a part of the fabric of LIV Golf, and following the success of our first full, 14-event season, we’re excited to be able to launch LIV Golf Promotions and offer players from around the world the chance to qualify for 2024.”
The decision of the OWGR to withhold LIV points was influenced by issues such as the circuit’s 54-hole format and its team-focused results. However, the main obstacle was the lack of player access. Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR board, expressed hopes that LIV Golf will find a solution to address the qualification and relegation concerns.
The “Promotions” event will have a $1.5 million purse, with $200,000 going to the winner.
Qualifiers for Round 1:
1. Members of the 2023 Walker and Palmer Cup teams.
2. Winners and runners-up of recent amateur events, including the U.S. Amateur Championship, The Amateur Championship, Asia-Pacific Amateur Championship (October 29), Latin America Amateur Championship, European Amateur Championship, NCAA Championship (Individual), and Eisenhower Trophy (Individual).
3. The top 15 available players from within the top 40 of the World Amateur Golf Ranking (WAGR) as of November 20, 2023 (excluding players exempt into Round 2).
4. The top 25 available players from within the top 40 on the final International Series 2023 rankings (excluding those exempt into Round 2).
5. The top 3 available players from each of the professional tours ranked within the top 5 as of November 20, 2023.
6. Tournament winners from the Asian Tour and Korn Ferry Tour in 2023.
7. The top 30 available players from within the top 300 of The Universal Golf Rankings (TUGR) as of November 20, 2023 (excluding those who are exempt into Round 2).
8. Event invitations as determined by LIV Golf League.
Eligible for byes into Round 2:
1. The top 2 players in the WAGR as of November 20, 2023.
2. Players ranked Nos. 2-8 on the final International Series 2023 rankings.
3. The top 5 available players from within the top 30 of the final 2023 DP World Tour and Korn Ferry Tour Order of Merits/rankings.
4. Winners of PGA Tour- and DP World Tour-sanctioned tournaments in the 2022 and 2023 calendar years.
5. Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup participants from 2019-23.
6. Winners of major championships from 2019-23.
7. The top 15 available players from within the top 150 in TUGR as of November 20, 2023.
8. Players relegated or without a contract for the following season from the final 2023 LIV Golf individual standings.
9. Event invitations as determined by LIV Golf League.
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