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.
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.