DeChambeau - 'Top 12 LIV Golfers Should Be Eligible For The Majors'

Bryson DeChambeau has offered one solution to the game's fracturing at the top end after the board of the Official World Golf Rankings denied points to the LIV Golf League.

On Tuesday the powers-that-be rejected the LIV application for world ranking points, with the same old problems getting in the way of their players' efforts to be officially recognised – the 54-hole format, not having a cut, fields of 48 players and the limited access for players to join the League and the limited relegation for those who don't play well.

But that didn't stop DeChambeau suggesting that a quarter of their cohort should qualify for the following year's Majors which is some leap of faith even by the American's standards.

“I think at this point in time now that they're not allowing it, we would love to find another way to be integrated into the major championship system since I think we have some of the best players in the world,” DeChambeau said.

“Top 12 on the money list at the end of the year or the points list at the end of the year would be, I think, obvious for the major championships to host the best players in the world at those four events each year.” 

The current top 12 on the LIV standings are Cam Smith, Talor Gooch, DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka, Branden Grace, Mito Pereira, Sebastian Munoz, Anirban Lahiri, Harold Varner III and Peter Uihlein.

You could make a very strong case for the first part of this list but then the argument tails off quite a bit.

This year there were between 15 to 18 LIV players in each of the four majors and that number will obviously drop next year. Smith is the highest-ranked LIV player at 15 while Koepka is the only other player to feature in the top 50. DeChambeau is still eligible for the majors up until 2025 courtesy of his US Open win in 2020.

“It's honestly sad that they've done that, and people are going to say that it's sad that we came over here, but, look, this is an amazing opportunity for every one of us. In regards to the OWGR, it is what it is."

Smith added that the world rankings are now 'almost obsolete'.

"We've got some guys out here who are playing some of the best golf in the world and they're outside the top 100, 200 in the world. It's pretty ridiculous."

While Johnson had similar concerns – the two-time major winner is now down in 121st.

"I feel like you can't really use the world ranking system any more. It's hard to use the world ranking system if you're excluding 48 guys that are good players. The rankings are skewed."