Do LIV Golf members need to earn World Ranking Points? Rory McIlroy and Matt Fitzpatrick have their say

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Billy Horschel says players joining LIV golf will feel “some regret” and need to understand there are “consequences” to their decisions after players learned no world ranking points will be awarded in the tournament .

Billy Horschel says players joining LIV golf will feel “some regret” and need to understand there are “consequences” to their decisions after players learned no world ranking points will be awarded in the tournament .

Rory McIlroy believes that LIV Golf needs to make changes to have a chance of achieving certified status through the Official World Golf Ranking.

The Saudi-backed breakout course launched earlier this year, with former world number one Dustin Johnson and Open champion Cameron Smith among the early signings, although the tour currently does not offer players any world ranking points.

All 48 players who took part in the LIV golf event outside Chicago earlier this month sent a joint letter to OWGR president Peter Dawson urging him to award rating points to competitors while the application for a world ranking position is still under review become

Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships.

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Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships.

Rory McIlroy returns to St Andrews ahead of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championships.

“If they meet the criteria, they receive a global rating score,” McIlroy said. Sky Sports NewBefore the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. “I see no reason why they shouldn’t, as long as they meet the criteria set out.

“The only thing that was frustrating from the start was that they didn’t want to play by the rules for so long. It can’t be one set of rules for a certain number of people and then a certain set of rules for everyone else – everyone here has to stick to the same rules.

Shane Lowry hopes his win at Wentworth will help give him a strong finish to the season and feels the Presidents Cup showed Team USA can play in the Ryder Cup next year.

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Shane Lowry hopes his win at Wentworth will help give him a strong finish to the season and feels the Presidents Cup showed Team USA can play in the Ryder Cup next year.

Shane Lowry hopes his win at Wentworth will help give him a strong finish to the season and feels the Presidents Cup showed Team USA can play in the Ryder Cup next year.

“If they are willing to stick to the rules, they should have 100 percent of the world ranking points, but the way things are going now and the way their tour is set up, I think it makes it very difficult for them to make that argument.”

According to the message sent by players, every week that goes by without LIV Golf athletes being included “undermines the historical value” of the world rankings, although US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick insists patience is required until a decision is made.

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“I understand why they think they deserve the points because of the players they have, and I’m not against that, but if you look at all the other rounds in previous years that have gone through the official process, it would be a year or two,” Fitzpatrick said. Sky Sports News.

“You just have to wait two years – that’s what I’m told the process is and that’s what it is. I read somewhere that they have to delay points after the time of the first event, which is ridiculous.

Matt Fitzpatrick thinks LIV golfers have to wait two years to receive world ranking points and wonders if they might regret moving the rounds.

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Matt Fitzpatrick thinks LIV golfers have to wait two years to receive world ranking points and wonders if they might regret moving the rounds.

Matt Fitzpatrick thinks LIV golfers have to wait two years to receive world ranking points and wonders if they might regret moving the rounds.

“You knew what you had in common before you went, and if you’ve done your homework, you know the process takes a year or two, so you’ll probably have to accept that and that’s just the rules of the game.

“When you see the pound signs, you probably get a little lost in your thoughts. I think among those who made the decision you made, you had to sit down and consider every aspect.

“The world ranking points may have been on the list, but clearly there was no real dive in the time of what the chances are of getting it. Just as it is unfortunate.”

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