The grisly shuck that is the Saudi-funded sports-washing experiment otherwise known as the LIV Golf Tour will not have long to wait before a decision is made to allow their players to receive world golf ranking points and a pathway into playing in major championships. While their application to the Official World Golf Ranking board has not yet been reviewed, there were two key recusals from the panel reviewing the application: PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the DP World Tour. Essentially, the decision is now completely in control of the four majors.
Writing for Yahoo! Sports, James Corrigan, a well-respected veteran in golf writing circles, reports, “However, the process takes at least a year and noises from OWGR have insisted that LIV does not meet any of the criteria. Telegraph Sport exclusively reported three months ago that LIV tried to utilise a loophole so its £22 million events could give out points and so allow its golfers a pathway back into the majors. But OWGR refused to recognise LIV’s amalgamation with the MENA Tour, a lowly circuit based in the Middle East and Africa.
Following Pelley’s revelation, the matter is in the hands of the R&A, the US Golf Association, Augusta National and the PGA of America. An interesting note is the majors have not banned the LIV players and believe they can judge whether they deserve world rankings status. The Tours will now have to accept their ruling.”
Several lawsuits still bubble and steam like witches’ brews. Patrick Reed had Rory McIlroy served with a subpoena to testify in his lawsuit against Brandel Chamblee, then had the stones to walk up to him and try to have a chat on the practice tee at the Dubai Desert Classic yesterday. Rory ignored him, so Reed tossed a golf tee at him.
“I was down by my bag and he came up to me, and… I didn’t feel the need to acknowledge him. So I didn’t see a tee coming my direction at all, but apparently that’s what happened,” McIlroy explained. “If the roles were reversed and I’d have thrown a tee at him, I’d be expecting a lawsuit. I mean, I got a subpoena on Christmas Eve. You can’t pretend like nothing’s happening, right? I was trying to have a nice time with my family and someone shows up on your doorstep and delivers that, you’re not going to take that well. I’m living in reality, I don’t know where he’s living. If I were in his shoes, I wouldn’t expect a hello or a handshake.”
Meanwhile the unlovable Greg Norman continues to metaphorically pass around his tabs of bad acid to anyone stupid enough to stick out their tongue.
Finally, Seminole Golf Club will not invite LIV golfers to its annual Pro-Member tournament, a feature event of late showcasing the laid-back side of the PGA Tour as they play the storied and highly exclusive venue. the decision was made by Seminole President Jimmy Dunne, who partnered for the tournament with LIV golfer Dustin Johnson just last year.
“The PGA Tour has always supported this event. We try to make this a special and unique day for Tour players,” Dunne stated. ““These guys had a choice to make, but they’ve made it. That’s it. I’m not going to say something nasty about guys who participated in the past.”