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Greg Norman and the OWGR: “Is ridiculous”

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The issue of the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) and its impact on the LIV Golf League has become increasingly contentious, with Greg Norman openly expressing his frustration regarding the League’s lack of accreditation by the OWGR.

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The current ranking of the OWGR appears to be penalizing LIV Golf players, with Joachim Niemann slipping to 81st despite his recent victory at Mayakoba, while even top players such as Dustin Johnson are ranked very low.

Norman emphasized that LIV Golf would have players in the top 50 in the world, including Rahm, Hatton and Meronk, and that the lack of accreditation from the OWGR is “ridiculous”.

The OWGR justified its decision with technical reasons, but Norman suggests that these could be overcome by adopting similar solutions to other institutions.

This situation is incentivizing LIV Golf players to seek OWGR points in other circuits, such as the Asian Tour, as demonstrated by the participation of numerous LIV Golf players in the International Series Macau.

This trend not only makes playing fields more competitive, but also highlights the growing role of the Asian Tour in the international golf landscape.

The discussion on this topic will certainly continue, with significant implications for the future of professional golf.

Gregory John Norman, known as Greg (born February 10, 1955, Mount Isa, Australia), is an Australian golfer and entrepreneur nicknamed The Great White Shark or simply The Shark. He has emerged as one of the most beloved golfers by the public, admired for his aggressive playing style and charismatic demeanor, along with his unconventional and somewhat rebellious appearance. Considered one of the most complete golfers of the 1980s and 1990s, Norman’s career was marked by notable achievements, although he fell short of some expected milestones. Driven by a passion for golf since his teenage years, he began achieving significant international success in the late 1970s.

As the world’s top-ranked player from 1986 to 1997, he won the World Match Play Championship three times (1980, 1983, 1986), the Australian Masters three times (1980, 1983, 1984), and the British Masters twice (1981 and 1982). In 1993, he claimed the British Open with a record-breaking score of 267 over four rounds. The following year, he won the U.S. Professional Championship, setting a record of 264 strokes, which remains unmatched. Norman also topped the PGA Tour money list three times in his career.

Despite his technical and physical prowess, Norman struggled with consistency and focus in major tournaments, resulting in several second-place finishes throughout his career, despite winning 91 titles (as of October 2001), including only two major championships: The Open Championship in 1986 and 1993. He held the top position in the world golf rankings for an extended period. Despite experiencing physical and mental wear and tear from his lengthy career, Norman consistently remained among the top five golfers in the world. In 2001, he was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

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