Jon Rahm solves ‘laughable’ Official World Golf Ranking, but it has nothing to do with LIV Golf

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Jon Rahm’s press conference ahead of the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai began with the Spaniard receiving an honorary lifetime membership on the tour and ended with the unloading of the “laughable” Official World Golf Ranking.

The 28-year-old has become one of the top quotes in golf in recent years and is known for his opinion. Wednesday was no different.

“I’m going to be as blunt as possible. I think the OWGR is laughable right now. Laughable. Laughable,” Rahm said. “The fact that the (RSM Classic of the PGA Tour) has none of the top 20 in the world has more points than this event where we have seven of the top 20 is laughable. The fact that Wentworth had fewer points than Napa, with players in the top 10 in the world, is laughable.”

The OWGR website projects that this week’s winner of the RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, will receive 38.38 points. The winner of the DP World Tour Championship is expected to get 21.82.

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“I understand what they are trying to do with depth of field, but having the best players in the world automatically makes the tournament better. I don’t care what their system says,” he continued. “I think they made a mistake. I think some aspects of it can be useful, but I think they devalued the value of the better players.

“Depth of the field does not mean a better tournament. I could go on. I think they’ve really missed the mark on that point of view.”

During his press conference on Tuesday, Rory McIlroy bluntly explained the points difference between this week’s PGA and DP World Tour events.

“Yeah, so if you look at two different fields you have a 50 man field (in Dubai) versus a 144 man field (in Georgia). So just in terms of how field strength is calculated, they have an extra 90 players to contribute to their field strength,” McIlroy said. “So the reason this has 21 points and the RSM has 39 is that the person who wins the RSM has to beat 139 other guys. You only have to beat 49 other guys here. It’s a much fairer system.”

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McIlroy’s Ryder Cup teammate disagrees.

“But would you rather win a tournament if you have the world number 1 there or because you have the 30th or 6th there?” Rahm asked. “I think it’s more valuable when you beat the best players in the world. I think a lot of people would agree with that and I think it should reflect that.”

Rahm, who has seven wins on the PGA Tour and eight on the DP World Tour, openly admitted that the math for calculating points is above his salary scale and he doesn’t know how to determine the rankings exactly.

“I understand what they were trying to do when they changed some things,” Rahm said, “but I think, as I said, they missed the mark.”

Rahm is far from the first player to be critical of the OWGR this year, but the majority of the criticism has come from across the pro golf aisle. LIV Golf, the fledgling series spearheaded by Greg Norman and backed by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has been battling for points since its launch earlier this summer. None of LIV’s first eight events earned OWGR points after the circuit applied for accreditation in July. The circuit formed a strategic alliance with the MENA Tour in development to try and gain points, but was unsuccessful. LIV players such as Patrick Reed, Graeme McDowell and Bryson DeChambeau have all mentioned the ranking system.

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“I think a lot of people are against (LIV) with world ranking points. I’m not against it per se, but adjustments need to be made’, explains Rahm. “If your requirement is to have world ranking points like 72 holes and a cut, you might not award them 100 percent of the points because they don’t meet all the requirements.”

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Story originally appeared on GolfWeek