Did Playing In The BMW PGA Help LIV Players’ World Ranking?

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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.

PlayerBMW FinishBefore The BMWAfter The BMWGain/LossEnd of 2021
Talor Gooch44635+1132
Patrick ReedT55050025
Adrian OtaeguiT13165150+15198
Lee WestwoodT1310096+437
Abraham AncerT182424017
Sam HorsfieldT189588+7115
Richard BlandT237776+174
Justin HardingT23132134-2119
Bernd WiesbergerT23109111-258
Ian PoulterT32118121-354
Pablo LarrazabalT326968-1362
Oliver BekkerT42106103+3159
Graeme McDowellT504064060326
Shaun NorrisT729397+473
Laurie CanterMC142144+286
Branden GraceMC150155-568
Wade OrmsbyMC361369-8245
Sergio GarciaQuit7477-345

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