2012 and 2014 Masters Champion Bubba Watson (USA), who plays for LIV Golf, has called for the top LIV Golf players to qualify for majors.
“If you’re in the top 10 or 15 in LIV Golf, you should be able to qualify for the majors,” Watson said at a press conference on Tuesday ahead of the start of the LIV Golf Team Championship at Trump National Doral Golf Club in Florida, USA.
Watson’s comments come as LIV Golf players have recently expressed anxiety and frustration over being excluded from majors.
Major championships are typically reserved for winners of major championships, winners of PGA Tour events, and players ranked in the top 50 in the world.
However, LIV golfers are banned from competing on the PGA Tour and do not receive any world ranking points, meaning that players who have never won a major have fewer and fewer opportunities to play in a major.
This year’s four majors featured 16.5 LIV Golf players per event.
There were 18 at the PGA Championship and 15 at the U.S. Open.
LIV Golf’s Brooks Koepka (USA) won the PGA Championship and finished runner-up at the Masters, while Phil Mickelson (USA) made his presence felt with a second-place finish at the Masters.
However, fewer than 10 LIV Golf players will compete in next year’s majors.
This is because players who qualified based on their world ranking this year are no longer eligible to play in the majors.
LIV golfers were upset by the World Ranking Committee’s recent decision not to award world ranking points to LIV golf, as world ranking is the pathway to the majors.
Joaquin Niemann (Chile) is a prime example.
He was ranked 19th in the world when he joined LIV Golf last year. But since then, he hasn’t earned any world ranking points for playing on LIV Golf and has fallen to 68th in the world.
At the press conference, Niemann, who is only 24 years old, said, “I’m depressed because I’ve dropped out of the top 50 and won’t be able to play in major tournaments in the future,” and “I can’t earn world ranking points because I can’t play in PGA Tour events.”먹튀검증
“If the majors are for the best players, then LIV players should be allowed to compete,” Watson and Michaelson said.
Meanwhile, nine LIV golfers have qualified for next year’s Masters. Six are defending champions and three are winners of other majors.
Only six players are eligible for the PGA Championship, and only six are eligible for the US Open.
There are also seven qualifiers for The Open.