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Ian Poulter deems Golf world rankings "irrelevant" amid controversy over major participation

Posted : 12 March 2024

Former Ryder Cup star Ian Poulter criticized golf's world rankings as "irrelevant" during a recent discussion, suggesting that the majors should prioritize attracting the best players regardless of their ranking positions. Poulter, who once relied on being within the top 50 globally to secure entry into prestigious events like majors and Ryder Cup teams, expressed his detachment from his current ranking status, stating, "I don't even know where I am in the world rankings."


Despite his illustrious career with top-12 finishes in all four majors spanning over two decades, Poulter now competes in the controversial Saudi-backed LIV circuit. Last week, the breakaway tour withdrew its bid to join the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) after months of attempting to gain recognition for its high-stakes tournaments featuring 54 holes and no cuts.


Poulter emphasized that the existing rankings fail to accurately represent the top 100 players globally, rendering them obsolete. His remarks came ahead of the International Series Macau event, one of the many Asian Tour tournaments supported by LIV and its primary backers, the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF).


The Saudi-funded ventures in golf and other sports have drawn criticism for potentially whitewashing the kingdom's human rights record. Despite his success in LIV tournaments, such as his recent tied-eighth finish in Hong Kong, Poulter's ranking continued to drop, highlighting the disparity between LIV performances and conventional ranking systems. This issue has prompted discussions among players and officials about the need for a reevaluation of the relevance of world rankings in golf's landscape.


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