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54-hole tour granted Official World Golf Ranking points…but it isn’t LIV

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LIV Golf may just start twitching at the news that the OWGR has sanctioned the distribution of ranking points to a tour with 54-hole tournaments.

The Gira de Golf Professional de Mexicana has existed since 2017, offering Mexican golfers the chance to progress through the ranks to the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, and has been the source of KFT players such as José de Jesús Rodríguez Martínez, five-time winner on the PGA Latinoamerica circuit and winner of the 2018 United Leasing & Finance Championship on the web.com tour (the predecessor to the KFT). It also assisted the Latino organization through the 2020 pandemic.

After a 16-month approval process, the Official World Golf Rankings released the following positive statement:

“As such, the Gira de Golf Professional de Mexicana is in keeping with long-standing OWGR eligibility and format criteria providing inclusion for professional tours at the development level with available ranking points commensurate with the format and anticipated fields.”

OWGR chairman Peter Dawson added, “This is a significant milestone for golf and OWGR is deeply encouraged by the achievement and the continued efforts in the advancement of the sport of golf in Mexico. We look forward to watching the progress of Gira de Golf Professional de Mexicana as it continues to play a key role in the development of players from the region.”

The tour differs from the Greg Norman-led tour with its 36-hole cuts, while offering qualification via a qualifying school to encourage regional players, and culminating its season with a no-cut championship.

GDG commissioner José Miguel Bejos confirmed his joy at the news.

“We are very proud that after almost 5 years of work, the Mexican Professional Golf Tour becomes part of the OWGR,” Bejos said. “It is one of the most important achievements that Mexican professional golf has had in recent years and we will continue with the commitment to promote golf in our country.”

With two of the best-ever Mexican golfers, Abraham Ancer and Carlos Ortiz, now playing for LIV, the irony cannot be lost on Norman and, despite his organization’s “strategic alliance” with the MENA Tour, the OWGR steadfastly remain with the view that the tour does not comply with its qualifying procedure.

Still, players such as Joaquin Niemann believe the OWGR has no option but to grant ranking points, telling La Tercera:

“We already have all the criteria to have a world ranking in the LIV. If they haven’t done it, it’s because of a pure monopoly there, political issues for which they don’t take it out… But we already have all the criteria. We have the best players in the world on the Tour and, if they don’t, in the end they will look bad.” 

Norman also believes it will be impossible for the ruler of golf rankings to ignore LIV for much longer, telling reporters in November that:

“I understand they have a process. I get all that. But the OWGR was never prepared for a new entity like LIV Golf. You have to expect the unexpected sometimes. When somebody comes along with an incredible business model that is working and, as we’ve shown, you’ve got to have that flexibility and adaptability to allow a new entity coming along.”

“OWGR was never, ever ready for that type of approach.”

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Awkward moment: Reporter thinking she’s interviewing Vince Young, finds out it’s not actually Vince Young

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On Thursday, footage of an on-course interview at the Korn Ferry Tour’s BMW Charity Pro-Am was shown on Golf Channel.

The interviewer believed she was speaking to former Texas Longhorn and NFL quarterback Vince Young. However, that was not the case, as can be seen in this clip posted on X by Carter Donnick.


The man was actually Everette Sands.

“I apologize, but you have the wrong person. I’m Everette Sands from The Citadel. I’m a football coach,” Sands said.

Sands, a college running backs skills coach at The Citadel, was a great sport about it, and answered the question anyway.

The interview was certainly one of the more awkward exchanges in recent memory.

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Edoardo Molinari explains exactly what Jon Rahm must do to be eligible for 2025 Ryder Cup

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While speaking with GolfWRX, Edoardo Molinari, who was a vice captain for the European team in Rome last fall, and will be once again at Bethpage Black in 2025, explained what European stars Jon Rahm and Tyrrell Hatton will have to do to participate in the 2025 Ryder Cup.

The duo joined LIV Golf early this year, leaving their Ryder Cup futures in question.

“Well, basically nothing has changed from two years ago, which means that obviously Jon (Rahm) at the moment is still a European Tour member. They are European tour members and as long as they play their minimum, which is four DP World Tour events a year, then they’re eligible for the Ryder cup.

“It was the same two years ago when some of the guys that went to leave, they decided either to resign the membership or they didn’t play the minimum, so they were not eligible.

“But there were some guys that went and, you know, paid all the sanctions and then they were still eligible. So, it’s not only down to us, it’s more like, if they want to play, they know that they just need to play four events and not resign the membership and hopefully they will because everyone knows how good Jon and Tyrrell and, even some of the others that [joined LIV] and you want to be able to pick from anyone.

“I think there’s been a lot of discussions going on behind the scenes and conversations and hopefully they will remain members.

“I think Jon is obviously very, very keen with the, with the Seve and Olazabal legacy to, to keep playing other Ryder cups. Tyrrell is the same. I mean, the thing is, I think the Europeans they really love and enjoy the Ryder Cup. They, they look forward to it every, every two years is like if you ask any one of them, now they’re already thinking about Bethpage, which is why I’m very confident that John and Tyrrell especially will do everything they can to remain members.”

Both Rahm and Hatton have remained DP World Tour members, but neither of them has played in a DP World Tour event since joining LIV thus far.

Check out the full conversation with Edoardo Molinari below.

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Nelly Korda offers to coach Roger Federer after seeing tennis legend’s golf swing

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On Wednesday, tennis legend Roger Federer posted a video on his Instagram page of his golf swing on the driving range.

 

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In the replies to the post, Federer got an interesting offer from the best women’s golfer in the world, Nelly Korda.

Some other sports stars also chimed in.

Federer’s swing looks as about impressive as you’d expect from one of the greatest professional sportsmen of his generation.

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