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Rory McIlroy Torn On LIV Golf Players Receiving World Ranking Points

Rory McIlroy Torn On LIV Golf Players Receiving World Ranking Points
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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With the money on offer to players, it seems likely that LIV Golf will be a part of the sport for the foreseeable future.

A number of big names have already taken the paydays available to them on the Saudi-backed venture, but the decision has not come without consequences. They have been banned from taking part in PGA Tour events, while it also looks highly doubtful that will be considered for next year's Ryder Cup.

As well as that, the lack of world ranking points the LIV tour means that their places in the majors will also be in jeopardy moving forward. Only a certain number of players are guaranteed places at the four events each year, and considering they will tumble down the rankings due to a lack of tournament appearances, many big names could miss out in the near future.

However, the players involved are looking for that to change.

Rory McIlroy torn on LIV Golf world ranking points


A number of LIV Golf members are taking part at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews this week, being allowed to play in World Golf Championship events while their current court case is ongoing.

Many are doing so for the opportunity to earn world ranking points, while they are also hoping that their own events will be considered for such standings in the future.

Rory McIlroy feels that there will be a time for the new tour and the traditional powers to come together at the negotiating table to discuss such matter, although he feels now is not the right moment. He also admitted that he was torn over the issue of world ranking points.


I’ve always said I think there is a time and a place where everyone that’s involved here should sit down and try to work together. It’s very hard for that to happen right now when there’s two lawsuits going on.

I don’t want a fractured game. I never have. You look at some other sports and what’s happened and the game of golf is ripping itself apart right now. And that’s no good for anyone. It’s no good for the guys on, you know, this side or the sort of traditional system and it’s no good for the guys on the other side, either.

It’s no good for anyone. There is a time and a place for it. I just think right now, with where everything is, it’s probably not the right time...

I think Dustin Johnson is somewhere around 100th in the world. It’s not an accurate reflection of where he is in the game.

But at the same time, you can’t make up your own rules. There’s criteria there, everyone knows what they are and if they want to pivot to meet the criteria they can.

I certainly have no problem with them getting ranking points at all. But you just have to meet the criteria, and if you don’t meet the criteria, it’s going to be hard to justify why you should have them.

McIlroy has been one of the most outspoken critics of LIV Golf, although he does seem resigned to the fact that it will be around for the foreseeable future.

It will be interesting to see how the golfing authorities adjust to the new order in the sport.

SEE ALSO: Shane Lowry Says Europeans Will Be Encouraged By Events At Presidents Cup


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