What a Coincidence: OWGR Confirms Receipt of LIV Golf’s Application

Brooks Koepka Greg Norman 2022 LIV Golf Portland
Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, and Team Captain Brooks Koepka of Smash GC stand on the 1st tee during day 1 of the LIV Golf Invitational - Portland at Pumpkin Ridge GC on June 30, 2022 in North Plains, Oregon. (Photo by Chris Trotman for LIV Golf via Getty Images)

A day after news broke that the Department of Justice had launched an investigation into the PGA Tour amid accusations of anti-trust violations, specifically related to the Official World Golf Ranking points, the OWGR board announced that it has “received an application from LIV Golf.”

“On 6 July 2022 Official World Golf Ranking received an application from LIV Golf for inclusion in its ranking system. Examination of the application will now commence,” said Ranking Chairman Peter Dawson in a released statement.

What amazing timing.

But quick question: what have you all been doing for the last seven days? Because it should take less than a day to approve this application.

Bryson DeChambeau and Dustin Johnson The 2022 OPEN Championship
Bryson DeChambeau (L) and Dustin Johnson (R) chat during a practice round for The 150th British Open Golf Championship on The Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland on July 10, 2022. (Photo by GLYN KIRK for AFP via Getty Images)

A tour that features one-third (10 players) of the OWGR’s final top 30 to end 2021, including four in the top 10 and six in the top 17, should not even be up for debate.

In what appears to be a stacked deck of collusion, though, the OWGR board of governors includes: PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan, DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley, USGA CEO Mike Whan, R&A CEO Martin Slumbers, PGA of America executive director Seth Waugh, Augusta National Golf Club executive director Will Jones, and Keith Waters, who represents the International Federation of PGA Tours.



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