Jon Rahm lashed out on the new Official World Golf Rating after this week’s limited-field season finale on the DP World Tour supplied practically half as many factors because the PGA Tour’s full-field occasion.
“I’ll be as blunt as I can,” Rahm instructed reporters Wednesday in Dubai. “I feel the OWGR proper now’s laughable. Laughable. Laughable.
“The truth that the RSM would not have any of the highest 25 on the planet and has extra factors than this occasion the place we have now seven of the highest 25 is laughable. The truth that Wentworth [the BMW PGA Championship] had fewer factors than Napa [the PGA Tour’s Fortinet Championship] regardless of having gamers within the prime 10 on the planet is laughable.
“I perceive what they’re making an attempt to do with the depth of discipline, however having the very best gamers on the planet mechanically makes the event higher. I do not care what their system says. I feel they’ve made a mistake. I feel some points of it is perhaps helpful, however I feel they’ve devalued the worth of the higher gamers.
“Take the Tour Championship for example: The 30 greatest gamers of the 12 months shouldn’t be punished as a result of it is a smaller discipline. Depth of discipline doesn’t suggest higher event. I might go on and on. I feel they’ve missed the mark on that stance fairly a bit.”
Modifications to the OWGR went into impact in August. The brand new rating creates discipline scores for every occasion which can be primarily based on every participant’s strokes gained world score, which is set by round-by-round stroke-play scores which can be adjusted for the relative issue of every spherical. The sum of the efficiency factors – calculated utilizing the strokes gained world score – for each participant within the discipline determines the sphere score. Beforehand, solely gamers within the prime 200 decided the power of fields.
This week’s discipline score for the Tour’s RSM Traditional, which does not have any top-25 gamers, is 223, with 38 first-place factors to be awarded to the winner.
The DP World Tour Championship, the 50-man season-ender headlined by world no. 1 Rory McIlroy and No. 5 Rahm, has a discipline score of simply 121, with practically 22 factors to the champion.
“Would you moderately win a event when you’ve got the No. 1 participant on the planet there, or as a result of you’ve got the thirtieth or sixth there?” Rahm mentioned. “I feel it is extra precious in case you’re beating the very best gamers on the planet. I feel lots of people would agree, and I feel it ought to mirror that.
“Not less than the purpose hole should not be as vastly completely different as it’s proper now. As a result of we aren’t speaking about the very best PGA Tour occasions in a season the place you’ve got a number of high-ranked gamers. We’re speaking a couple of event that does not even have one participant within the prime 20. That, to me, is a matter when you’ve got seven of them right here.”
DP World Tour chief govt Keith Pelley, who’s a OWGR board assembly, instructed the BBC that he’ll increase Rahm’s considerations to the remainder of the members.
“It’s prudent to deliver it up primarily based on our prime gamers and their feedback,” Pelley instructed the BBC. “The OWGR is a sizzling subject for a lot of causes. There have been 4 universities that did an in depth examine and all got here to the conclusion that the world rankings did not essentially mirror the sport of golf. In consequence, we carried out a brand new system. And like with any new system, you consider it and modify it if adjustments are wanted.”
Rahm’s stance places him at odds with McIlroy, who on Tuesday described the revamped OWGR as “the fairest system which you could provide you with proper now.”
“The explanation that this has received 21 factors and the RSM has received 39 is the individual that wins the RSM has to beat 139 different guys. You solely should beat 49 different guys right here,” McIlroy mentioned. “It is a a lot fairer system. I feel it rewards those who – it is pure numbers.
“Power of discipline has not harm individuals’s emotions. Has it upset individuals? Sure, as a result of individuals have been used to getting a specific amount of world rating factors in a single occasion and now it is dropped. However I’d say these occasions have been getting greater than they need to be.
“I feel it is the fairest system which you could provide you with proper now. And quite a lot of work went into that – 5 years of algorithms and evaluation and work went on into the system, so it is not as if it modified in a single day. It is the very best one which we will provide you with proper now, and I feel it’ll take some time. It is going to take one other 18 months for it to play out as a result of everybody will get two years into the rolling system.”
And what about LIV’s software for world rating factors? Rahm was requested whether or not he believed the upstart league needs to be granted factors.
“I feel lots of people are in opposition to them having world rating factors. I am not essentially in opposition to it, however there needs to be changes,” Rahm mentioned. “In case your requirement to have world rating factors is 72 holes and a lower, possibly you do not award them 100% of the factors since they don’t seem to be fulfilling all the necessities. Additionally, as a result of it is most likely a couple-year course of, they should respect that as each different tour has.
“They do have some unimaginable gamers. To say that Dustin [Johnson] wasn’t among the best gamers this 12 months can be a mistake. So I feel they could possibly be awarded. I simply do not know the place the maths – how we might work it out. I do not know in the event that they essentially deserve 100%.”
In a few of his strongest feedback but, McIlroy mentioned Tuesday in Dubai that Norman needs to be eliminated as LIV Golf commissioner, which follows a report by the Telegraph that LIV might quickly substitute him with former TaylorMade govt Mark King. Although Rahm mentioned that it was “a mistake and a wasted alternative” by the PGA Tour to not meet with LIV years in the past, he agreed that it is arduous to see how there’s any decision sooner or later if Norman stays in his outstanding position.
“I feel Greg has had a vendetta in opposition to the PGA Tour for a very long time,” Rahm mentioned. “And when you’ve got an ulterior motive, it might probably cloud your judgment a little bit bit. Greg is a participant, not a businessman, even when he has been profitable in that space. To me, he has an ulterior motive past simply making a golf tour. He is had this vengeance for 30 years.
“So his intentions may not be as pure as they could possibly be, which is an issue. So he may not be the very best individual for the job, even when he has achieved nice issues for the tour. I do consider that, for conversations to happen, Greg may must be gone. Proper now, it would not like him and [PGA Tour commissioner] jay [Monahan] wish to be in the identical room collectively.”