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LIV golfers will continue to not earn Official World Golf Ranking points, OWGR board rules

The Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) board rejected LIV Golf’s application to get ranking points on Tuesday.

The Saudi-backed league asked last year to be included in the ranking system, but the OWGR ruled that it could not fairly measure LIV against the other tours — 24 of them — that the board has in the system.

The board cited lack of turnover in the league as a role in its decision. LIV also plays team golf and 54-hole events, as opposed to 72 holes in mostly individual play in the PGA.

“We are not at war with them,” Peter Dawson, chairman of the OWGR board, said of LIV Golf. “This decision not to make them eligible is not political. It is entirely technical. LIV players are self-evidently good enough to be ranked. They’re just not playing in a format where they can be ranked equitably with the other 24 tours and thousands of players trying to compete on them.”

Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia, Cameron Smith, Bubba Watson and Patrick Reed are some of the biggest names that defected from the PGA Tour to join LIV.

The PGA Tour, the European tour and the Saudi backers of LIV Golf (the Public Investment Fund) are working out a commercial partnership that was announced in June. One of the provisions is evaluating the future of team golf.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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