LIV’s Justin Thomas Complains ‘It’s Their Fault’
Justin Thomas understands why LIV Golf players fight hard to earn World Ranking points at their events, but he strongly disagrees with their attitude.
LIV has sent a letter to the chairman of the Official World Golf Ranking urging players to receive points for playing in breakaway tour events. The series even wants the points to be retroactive to include the five events already staged.
“I don’t understand,” Thomas said when asked about the LIV petition at Tuesday’s Presidents Cup They just naturally want what’s best for them, just like the decision they made to go there.”
Thomas is currently ranked seventh globally and has reached No. 1 twice. LIV’s top-rated player is No. 3 Cameron Smith, who left the Saudi-backed league after the Tour Championship. Meanwhile, Dustin Johnson slipped to 23rd, and Brooks Koepka is 29th.
Unless LIV convinces the OWGR board to include the series, its players will continue to fall in the world rankings, making it increasingly difficult to qualify for major championships.
But it’s their fault that they made the decisions they made and they knew very well going into it that there was a good chance.” they will not have world ranking points and have taken that risk.
“It’s their own fault in my opinion.
Billy Horschel will make his Presidents Cup debut for the United States this week alongside Thomas. He agreed that the LIV series does not currently meet most of the OWGR criteria and should not be included in the rating system until it does.
“They knew when they signed the contract and they took all the money that could come their way in the future,” Horschel said. “They had to weigh those decisions and what the outcome might be by going there and the things they might not get in the future Some of their American teammates reacted more measuredly this week.
World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler called the situation for assessing the argument for rating 54-hole tournaments with invitational fields and no cuts “difficult” but otherwise avoided the debate.
Max Homa, who will also make his Presidents Cup debut this week, said the decision is ultimately up to OWGR and not people’s opinions, but added that he wouldn’t have a problem with LIV players earning World Ranking points.
“In my eyes, it looks like they should get world ranking points,” he said But there’s a criterion.
“That’s how the world works.