‘It Needs to Be Looked At’: Asian Tour Commissioner Condemns OWGR for Its Allocation of Points

Published 02/05/2023, 9:15 AM EST

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The ongoing Saudi International was met with massive controversy before even the first tee shot was struck, thanks to nearly all the LIV Golf stars competing in it. However, as the Asian Tour is parallelly taking place alongside PGA Tour’s AT&T Pro-am event, many have questioned the allocation of OWGR points for both tournaments. One such critic of the ranking body was the Asian Tour’s commissioner and member of OWGR’s technical committee Cho Minn Thatt.

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The LIV Golf defectors’ participation in the Saudi International was questioned several times in the past few months. Since the 54-hole Tour doesn’t fall in the criteria of the ranking body system, most golfers from the lucrative Tour seek to compete in other Tours such as Asian Tour and European Tour to earn some OWGR points.

While the defectors along with some of their former PGA Tour colleagues are currently competing in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, other players of the American Tour are playing golf next to some of the biggest celebrities at Pebble Beach for the AT&T Pro-am tournament.

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Much to everyone’s surprise, a tournament that includes amateur celeb golfers will have more OWGR points than the Asian Tour event. However, the latter Tour’s commissioner shared his dismay with the governing body for their bizarre decision.

Asian Tour Commissioner calls out OWGR for the distribution of their points

In a recent interview with Golf, by TourMiss, Cho Minn Thatt shared his thoughts on the ranking body granting 37.4 points to the PGA Tour event, while only giving Saudi International 24 points. “As you know I’m on the Official Golf World Ranking technical committee”, he said before claiming all other Tours from India, Thailand, and even the European Tour is examining the situation along with the Asian Tour.

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Thatt added, “It is a shock to the system for a field such as this week’s Asian Tour event used to get a massive amount of points to what is now just 24 points for the the winner this week”. The commissioner believes the fall down in the points system could be due to the absence of last year’s LIV Golf winner Dustin Johnson, who withdrew from the event due to a back injury.

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Cho Minn Thatt ended by reiterating how he will conduct a review of the OWGR points system with other Tours very soon. He said, “There is a review in process and it’ll be discussed for sure. So, it’s a little bit different from before but we do feel it needs to be looked at”.

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With Thatt being another critic of the OWGR like many others from the golf world including the PGA Tour players, do you feel it is an injustice on their behalf? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Abdul Bari Khan

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Abdul Bari is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. Having completed his Bachelor’s in Business Administration, Abdul is currently pursuing his Master’s in the same. With great affection for the world of sports, this avid golf lover turned to the course at a young age.
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