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PGA Tour, DP World chiefs recused from LIV OWGR choice: Report

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Keith Pelley (L), Greg Norman and Jay Monahan (R).

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Appears like LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman will not have any beef with the PGA Tour or DP World Tour ought to the Official World Golf Rating finally deny LIV’s utility for world rating factors.

Chatting with the UK Telegraph’s James Corrigan, Keith Pelley, the DP World Tour’s CEO, stated that he and PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan have recused themselves from reviewing LIV Golf’s utility. Pelley stated the pair and DP World Tour COO Keith Waters, who additionally sits on the panel, eliminated themselves from the assessment course of on the recommendation of authorized counsel.

“On the final OWGR board assembly [in December] myself, Jay Monahan and Keith Waters recused ourselves, and now a separate committee made up of the 4 majors will now decide the applying,” Pelley instructed Corrigan. “I’ve not appeared on the LIV utility and I’ve not given my opinions on an utility I’ve not seen. So, so far as LIV goes, we aren’t concerned in it and don’t have any affect or say in what transpires.”

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Saudi-funded LIV Golf is concerned in two separate lawsuits — one with the PGA Tour and one with the DP World Tour — so it is smart that each excursions’ legal professionals would advise their high executives to step again from something associated to LIV.

There’s an arbitration listening to subsequent month to find out LIV Golf defectors’ eligibility to proceed taking part in on the DP World Tour. The PGA Tour has suspended any participant who has performed in a LIV Golf occasion, and people suspensions have been upheld in August by a US district courtroom decide in California.

The remainder of the antitrust lawsuit by LIV towards the PGA Tour is predicted to progress all through the following 12 months.

With Pelley, Monahan and Waters stepping apart, the remaining OWGR board members to assessment the applying embrace board chairman Peter Dawson, Augusta Nationwide government director Will Jones, PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh, R&A Chief Govt Martin Slumbers and USGA CEO Mike Whan.

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The established course of for making use of to earn world rating factors takes at the least a 12 months, however LIV Golf’s occasions don’t meet present standards for incomes factors. LIV holds 54-hole, no minimize occasions and it does not have any established feeder excursions. LIV submitted its utility to the OWGR in July.

It is the newest flip of occasions for LIV to earn factors, that are essential for gamers to earn entry into the majors.

In September, 50 gamers signed a letter addressed to Dawson urging him to rapidly approve LIV’s utility. The next month, the OWGR halted an effort by LIV to earn factors by taking up a beforehand dormant Dubai-based mini-tour that had acquired world rating factors for 54-hole occasions.

LIV Golf is ready to kick off its second season subsequent month in Mexico, on the former host website of the PGA Tour’s World Vast Know-how Championship.

Jack Hirsch

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Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf group and nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but additionally producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He will be reached at jack.hirsh@golf.com.

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