Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau react to the OWGR decision
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The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) is clear in its decision. LIV Golfers will not get points despite the alliance with MENA. The question is what will happen here? There could be interesting decisions in the coming days, but for now, it seems that's it.
Some LIV Golfers are frustrated, with Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka in the forefront. DeChambeau is furious at the decision; "They're delaying the inevitable. We've hit every mark in their criteria, so for us not to get points is kind of crazy with having the top - at least I believe we have the top players in the world," DeChambeau said this week in Bangkok, as quoted by golfmonthly.com.
"Not all of them, but we certainly believe that there's enough that are in the top 50, and we deserve to be getting world ranking points. When they keep holding it back, they're going to just keep playing a waiting game where we're going to keep dropping down in the rankings to where our points won't ever matter.
That's what they're trying to accomplish, and I hope that people can see right through that rather than believe the lies that they've been told. From my perspective, I think we deserve points." Brooks Koepka and his reaction Brooks Koepka is just as frustrated as everyone else.
He is clearly dissatisfied with what is being done, and we will see if it will be possible to find a solution for such things. "I don't think it really was much of a response," he said. "I just hate when you sit on the fence.
Just pick a side. If it's yes or no, just pick one. So I'm not a big fan of that. Yeah, not to say something to where it's not really an answer and we'll think about it. I don't agree with - just pick a side. If it's yes, if it's no, it's fine, we'll figure it out from there." LIV Golfers don't want to give up.
David Spencer's reaction
MENA Tour Commissioner David Spencer is furious. "We have had various communications with OWGR since submitting our 2022/23 schedule, MENA Tour handbook, exemption criteria and our field ahead of our opening event of our new season which tees off today," Spencer said, as quoted by golfmonthly.
"None of this communication pointed towards any technical reason for the LIV Golf Invitational Bangkok to be treated any differently to any MENA Tour event, every one of which has received OWGR since we were accepted into the OWGR framework in 2016.
For absolute clarity, the OWGR itself defines a limited field tournament as a tournament which has less than 30 qualified players. Furthermore, the MENA Tour has always had the OWGR’s blessing to stage 54-hole tournaments."