Max Homa Weighs In On LIV World Ranking Points Issue

The American explains his stance on LIV Golf’s effort to be granted Official World Golf Ranking Points

Max Homa looks on during a 2022 Presidents Cup practice round at Quail Hollow
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Max Homa makes his first appearance in the Presidents Cup this week representing the USA. However, before he turns his attention to the matter at hand at Quail Hollow, the 31-year-old offered his opinion on the ongoing saga of whether LIV Golf should be granted Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points.

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Fifty LIV Golf players have signed a letter to OWGR chairman Peter Dawson urging a decision on the matter amid reports that the Saudi-backed organisation is getting agitated over its slow progress. However, Homa said he thinks due process should be followed. He said: “I think it's up to the OWGR. I don't think it's up to an opinion. I was thinking about this the other day. If us four went out, and we're four very good golfers, we went out and played, that's four great golfers. We've got 48 of them in my home club, and I put on a golf tournament, do we get World Ranking points?

“If the OWGR decides they get World Ranking points that's great. I have no problem with them getting ranking points. To my eye, it seems like they should get World Ranking points. You can't just say we should get them. You can't just say, as I read on Instagram, the number one and two best players in the world competed against each other, great. That's what the thing's for.”

The issue over OWGR points is vital for LIV Golf players because without them, players will gradually slip down the World Rankings, which will impact their ability to play in future Majors. That’s something Homa hopes is rectified in their favour. He said: "I hope for them that it does go through and they get World Ranking points. It seems like if 48 great golfers play in tournament, week in and week out, to my eye, should get points. But there is a criteria. That's how the world works.”

As for Homa, his OWGR has never looked healthier. Following his win in the Fortinet Championship in the PGA Tour’s season opener, the American has risen to a career-high World No.16. However, he insists his focus is now on helping the USA retain the Presidents Cup. He said: “I get to hang out with Jordan [Spieth] and Scottie [Scheffler] and Justin [Thomas] and Sam [Burns] and all the guys, you know. Kind of brings me back to what you should be doing. I'm still very happy about what happened on Sunday, but I'm very much engulfed in what we're doing.”

Mike Hall

Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 

He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 

Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 

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.