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Bubba Watson hits back at Justin Thomas over OWGR claim

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For months, the elephant in the room has been LIV Golf. Now, it is the new OWGR points system.

Over recent weeks, the rows over the allocation of ranking points have made the headlines over much of what is actually happening on the course, with current world No. 5, Jon Rahm, saying the “OWGR, right now, is laughable.”

Those comments came in contrast to those made by Rory McIlroy, currently world No. 1, who called the new method of allocation “a much fairer system.”

The dispute appears to be over how the organization treats the overall quality of the field. Rahm felt that the winner of the DP World Tour Championship was worth more points than the eventual RSM Classic champion, but the justification seemed to be (in McIlroy’s words), “they have 90 more players to contribute to their strength of field. So the reason that this has got 21 points, and the RSM has got 39 is the person who wins the RSM has to beat 139 other guys.”

Cam Smith, who almost certainly would challenge for the top spot had he stayed on the regular tours, is another to join the argument against the current methods, calling them “more and more irrelevant” . Of course, he has won the Open Championship and Australian PGA in recent months, but received nothing for his efforts on the LIV series.

Now add Justin Thomas, yet another former world number one, into the argument.

This time, the discussion was why a limited field event, the Hero World Challenge, was rewarding with higher points than the fuller field at the Indonesian Masters.

JT’s argument was pretty clear:

JT also commented on the fact that LIV, with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Patrick Reed and Brooks Koepka, doesn’t receive a single point from the OWGR, saying:

 “I have no problem with them getting points. They just need to meet the criteria like everybody else. But they don’t in seven of the eight categories from my understanding. Every tour went thru the 2-3 year process to earn OWGR points. No reason they shouldn’t be different, right?”

Now, two-time Masters champion and former world number two, Bubba Watson, has joined in.

Watson, who enthusiastically jumped ship to LIV during the Summer, has made his argument that other tours, particularly the PGA Tour of China, have not had to wait to ‘qualify’ for what were vital ranking status.

Regarding the argument that three-round events should be excluded from ranking points, Watson tweeted a list of tours approved by the ranking authorities that offer 54-hole events.

Unfortunately, followers were almost unanimously anti-Bubba’s argument, summed up by tweets such as:

There seems to be a strong enough argument for both sides, and clearly not everyone on the PGA Tour agrees with the new system. It looks another mess to deal with as golf enters a new year with only a passing chance of everyone reaching a satisfactory agreement.

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Bryson’s current situation with Cobra revealed as he uses TaylorMade driver at Saudi International

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At this week’s Saudi International, Bryson DeChambeau surprised golf fans by putting TaylorMade’s Stealth Plus 2 driver in the bag. Bryson has been a long time staffer at Cobra Golf and it was a shock to see the 28-year-old with a driver from a different OEM to begin his season.

 

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Per Dan Rapaport of Barstool Sports, a Cobra rep has confirmed that Bryson is simply out of contract with the brand, but that the two parties are currently in discussion about this year and the future.

In our forums, our members have been discussing the changeup from DeChambeau, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • FifeRiviera: “Honestly Cobra woods are the single most underrated pieces of equipment on the market.”
  • Lacey Underall: “Just my guess – everyone on LIV will be an equipment free agent soon.”
  • KimmerBH: “Never been a fan of Bryson but I do miss seeing him play every week along with some others that went to LIV. He was definitely entertaining to watch, I’ll give him that.”

Entire Thread: “Bryson using Taylormade Stealth Plus 2 driver at Saudi International; Current situation with Cobra”

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‘Sums up my life in the golf industry’ – Paige Spiranac on polarizing Phil Mickelson tweet

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After a long break from Twitter, Phil Mickelson was extremely active on Twitter yesterday. His resurgence resulted in the golf world reacting for most of the day.

Paige Spiranac used one of Phil’s tweets to “sum up” what it was like to be a female in the golf industry.

The tweet seemed to be a joke, and to be clear the tweet Phil shared wasn’t directed towards Spiranac, yet some Lefty detractors weighed in calling the tweet “misogynistic.”

The full context of the tweet is here:

We can be sure that as long as Mickelson is this active on Twitter, the app will be buzzing with golf personalities and their reactions.

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‘The hypocrisy is astounding’ – Phil Mickelson takes aim at RBC for missing logo at Saudi International

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This morning, Cameron Young played the first round of this week’s Saudi International at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club.

As noticed by Twitter user “EPatGolf”, the 25-year-old PGA Tour player was missing the RBC logo that is typically on his sleeve.

Patterson speculated that the reason for the missing logo was RBC’s reluctance to be associated with golf being played in Saudi Arabia.

Never a stranger to controversy, Phil Mickelson weighed in on the topic, accusing RBC of hypocrisy.

Mickelson has been extremely active on Twitter lately and replied to a Danny Woodhead tweet just a short while ago about a potential LIV vs PGA Tour match with Tiger Woods and Phil as captains, even managing a little dig at his long-time foe.

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