Did Playing In The BMW PGA Help LIV Players’ World Ranking?
Many LIV players made no secret of the fact that they teed it up at last week’s DP World Tour’s BMW PGA Championship in search of Official World Golf Ranking Points. Getting those points will be key to earning exemptions into next year’s majors. For example, players inside the OWGR Top 50 have in the past earned invites to the Masters and the Open Championship. The US Open offers exemptions to players in the top 60.
The PGA Championship doesn’t use OWGR points; instead, PGA TOUR official money is the criteria.
Patrick Reed is a perfect example of the quandary some of the players find themselves in. Reed’s 2018 Masters victory theoretically offers him a lifetime ticket to Augusta, but his five-year exemptions to the PGA, US Open and Open Championship have expired.
Reed’s appearance at the BMW PGA did nothing for his ranking. He went into the tournament at 50 and stayed there.
Below is a chart with the LIV players that teed it up at the BMW PGA, their finish at that tournament, their Official World Golf Rankings before and after the tournament, their gain or loss, and their standing at the end of 2021. You can see for yourself how each LIV Players’ World Ranking was affected.
|Player||BMW Finish||Before The BMW||After The BMW||Gain/Loss||End of 2021|