European Tour players angered by decision to restart world rankings
By Ali Stafford
Last Updated: 04/06/20 10:59am
Matt Fitzpatrick and Andrew 'Beef' Johnston were among the European Tour golfers to question the decision to resume the world rankings from next week.
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An Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) announcement on Wednesday confirmed that the rankings would restart for tournaments being held the week ending June 14, having been frozen since mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The decision coincides with the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour seasons getting back underway on June 11, although comes several weeks before the European Tour and many other men's professional tours can return to competitive action.
Players competing at the Charles Schwab Challenge on the PGA Tour or the Korn Ferry Challenge in the second tier next week will now be able to earn ranking points, with both Tours each having six events before the European Tour returns with the British Masters on July 22.
The PGA Tour of Australia's next event isn't until August 20 and the Asian Tour's next tournament is in September, while the Sunshine Tour in Africa has yet to set a return date, giving PGA Tour-based players considerable time to accumulate points before other golfers can even return to competing.
Fitzpatrick - who is scheduled to tee it up at Colonial next week - described the move as "unfair", while Johnston called the decision "dumb" and a host of other players hit out at the timing of the rankings returning.
The current standings can be used as eligibility for the majors and World Golf Championships in 2020, with OWGR Board Chairman, Peter Dawson, stating that the "continued recognition of the frozen Ranking will help players globally".
Large numbers of golfers across the globe now risk losing points and falling down the rankings through no fault of their own, with many turning to social media to voice their frustrations.
Not the best move to make with most Tours still waiting to start up. I can't see the rush to get the movement going without being fair and transparent to all Professional players on Major Tours🤷🏻♂️🤷🏻♂️🤯🤯🤔🤔⛳🏌️♂️ #golflife #BOOM #ComeOn @asiantourgolf @PGAofAustralia @PGATOUR 🙄🙄🙄— Scott Hend (@hendygolf) June 3, 2020
I believe the @OWGRltd should not restart as long as all the main Tours , like , Europe , Asia , South America , South Africa , Australia and USA are ready to restart. Can’t believe some guys around a table looked at each other and said , this is a good decision.— Mike Lorenzo-Vera (@MikeMlv) June 3, 2020
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