John Rahm swept into the new Official World Golf Ranking after this week’s limited season finale on the DP World Tour which offered nearly half the number of points offered by the full PGA Tour event.
“I will be as frank as I can be,” Ram told reporters on Wednesday in Dubai. “I think OWGR is now funny. Laughable. Laughable.
“The fact that RSM does not have any of the top 25 in the world and has more points than this event where we have seven of the top 25 is laughable. The fact that Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] He had fewer points than Napa [the PGA Tour’s Fortinet Championship] Although there are players in the top ten in the world is funny.
“I understand what they’re trying to do with depth of field, but having the best players in the world automatically makes the tournament better. .
“Take the Tour Championship as an example: Top 30 Players of the Year shouldn’t be penalized because it’s a smaller court. A deeper pitch doesn’t mean a better tournament. I could go on with that. I think they missed the mark on that situation a bit.”
Changes to OWGR took effect in August. The new ranking creates fielding rankings for each event based on each player’s strokes earned in the rankings, which is determined by round stroke play scores adjusted for the relative difficulty of each round. The sum of the performance points—calculated using strokes obtained from the world rankings—for each player on the field determines the field’s ranking. Previously, only players in the top 200 determined the strength of fields.
This week’s field ranking for the RSM Classic for the tour, which does not contain a top 25 player, is 223, with 38 points from first place to be awarded to the winner.
The 50-man DP World Spin Championship, which is led by world No. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 5 Ram, has a fielding rating of just 121, with nearly 22 points for the champion.
“Would you rather win a tournament when you have the number 1 player in the world there, or because you have the 30th or 6th place there?” Ram said. “I think it’s better to beat the best players in the world. I think a lot of people would agree, and I think that should reflect that.
“At least the points gap shouldn’t be so different as it is now. Because we’re not talking about the best PGA Tour events in a season where you have many high-ranked players. We’re talking about a tournament where not even one player is in the top 20. For Lee, that’s a problem when you have seven of them here.”
DP World Tour CEO Keith Bailey, one of the OWGR Board Meetings, He told the BBC that he would raise Ram’s concerns to the rest of the members.
“It’s wise to bring it up based on our senior players and their feedback,” Bailey told the BBC. “OWGR is a hot topic for many reasons. There were four universities that did a detailed study and all came to the conclusion that rankings don’t necessarily reflect golf. As a result, we implemented a new system. And as with any new system, you evaluate it and adjust if necessary.”
Ram’s stance puts him at odds with McIlroy, who on Tuesday called the revamped OWGR “the fairest system you can come up with right now.”
“The reason this got 21 points and RSM got 39 is because the person who wins RSM has to beat 139 other men. You only have to beat 49 other men here,” McIlroy said. It’s a fairer system. I think It rewards people – it’s pure numbers.
“The strength of the field didn’t hurt people’s feelings. Did it bother people? Yes, because people used to get a certain amount of world ranking points in one event and now it’s been dropped. But I’d say these events were getting more than they should be.
“I think it’s the fairest system you can come up with right now. And a lot of work has gone into that — five years of algorithms and analysis and work going on in the system, so it’s not like it changed overnight. It’s the best we can come up with right now, and I think it’s It’s going to take a while. It’s going to take another 18 months to get it done because everybody gets two years in the rotation system.”
What about the LIV application for global ranking points? Ram was asked if he thought the rookie league should get points.
“I think a lot of people are against them getting World Ranking Points. I’m not necessarily against that, but there should be adjustments,” Ram said. Points because they do not meet all the requirements. Also, because it’s potentially a two-year process, they have to respect that like every other round.
“They have some great players. To say that Dustin [Johnson] He wasn’t one of the best players this year that would be a mistake. So I think they can be honored. I just don’t know where the math is – how we can solve it. I don’t know if they necessarily deserve 100%.”
In some of his strongest comments yet, McIlroy said Tuesday in Dubai that Norman should be removed as LIV’s golf commissioner, which followed a report by The Telegraph that LIV could soon be replaced by former TaylorMade CEO Mark King. Although Ram said it was a “mistake and a missed opportunity” by the PGA Tour not to meet LIV years ago, he agreed that it was hard to see how there would be any resolution in the future if Norman remained in his prominent role.
“I think Greg has had his revenge on the PGA Tour for a long time,” said Ram. “And when you have an ulterior motive, it can cloud your judgment a little bit. Greg is a player, not a businessman even if he’s successful in that field. For me, he has an ulterior motive that goes beyond creating a golf tour. He’s had that revenge for 30 years.”
So his intentions may not be as pure as they could be, and that’s a problem. So he might not be the best person for the job, even if he does great things for the tour. I think for the talks to happen, Greg may need to go away. At the moment, he and [PGA Tour commissioner] Jay [Monahan] They’ll both want to be in the same room.”