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Bryson DeChambeau has said he would consider playing Asian Tour events to accumulate Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points. The 28-year-old American was speaking ahead of the second LIV Golf Invitational Series event at Pumpkin Ridge in Portland, Oregon, following his switch to the Saudi-backed start-up.
While the Series has increasingly strong fields and incredible prize money, its tournaments don’t currently qualify for OWGR points. That’s a situation that DeChambeau would like to see rectified. He said: “You have the Hero World Challenge and they have world ranking points there. Why can’t we have the same too?”
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The Hero World Challenge. which was established in 2000, is part of the PGA Tour schedule, but is an unofficial event so doesn’t offer either FedEx Cup points or official money. Nevertheless, it has offered OWGR points since 2009. However, while DeChambeau clearly sees no reason why the Greg Norman-fronted Series shouldn't enjoy similar status, he revealed he's eyeing another potential route to gaining OWGR points in the meantime – taking part in Asian Tour events.
He said: “It’s definitely a possibility. I would love to showcase my skillset wherever it takes me. I’ve no issues with that, and if it’s a way for world ranking points it’s a way for world ranking points. I hope that can change in regards to the context we previously talked about – in regards to us having some of the best players in the world and being able to have that conversation at the World Ranking board.”
Earlier this month, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman explained the OWGR points issue is one he hopes will be rectified soon. Appearing on Fox News’s One Nation with Brian Kilmeade, the 67-year-old said: "We’re actually applying for OWGR points right now. We’re actually putting in our application probably over the weekend, if not Monday. And it’s a very compelling application. We’ve worked very, very closely with the technical committee understanding all the components of what you need to apply for it.”
Mike has 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on sports such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the sport’s most newsworthy stories. Originally from East Yorkshire, Mike now resides in Canada, where the nearest course is less than a mile from his home. It’s there where he remains confident that, one of these days, he’ll play the 17th without finding the water. Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.
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