Were they horribly wrong?

Were they horribly wrong?

The Official World Golf Rankings algorithm is causing controversy, and Jon Rahm was keen to make his feelings known. Was he within his rights? Alex Perry and George Cooper weigh in

It was all about Jon Rahm at the DP World Tour Championship. The Spaniard made headlines on and off the course as he went all-in in the Official World Golf Rankings before dominating the course in Dubai.

Rahm launched a scathing attack on the OWGR before the match, offering a different take on Ryder Cup team-mate Rory McIlroy as he hailed the “laughable” system – not once, but three times.

With a chip on his shoulder, Rahm won the DP World Tour Championship, collecting just 21 OWGR points without moving at all in the standings – perhaps justifying his verbal assault days earlier.

At the other end of the world, Adam Svensson collected 39 points for his victory at the RSM Classic. That was despite the 156-man tournament having one of the weakest fields you’ll see on the PGA Tour all year.

So, with the OWGR controversy taking center stage, was Rahm right to attack the organization? Or is the new system right to prioritize field count over field strength? Here’s what two of our writers had to say on this week’s episode of The Slam…

“It should only be a strength of the script on the pitch”

I think at some point they realized they were going to have to let LIV Golf into the world rankings, said Alex Perryso they decided to punish limited field events in that sense, and so we ended up with this ridiculous scenario where the RSM Classic offers a lot of points despite being at the bottom of the PGA Tour.

No disrespect to anyone playing in this tournament or the tournament itself, but that obviously had way too much value. For me, this should only be a strength of the plot scenario.

In Rahm’s last four tournaments he has finished 2nd, 1st, 4th and 1st, but he hasn’t moved in the world rankings. There is obviously a big problem here.

On top of that, the DP World Tour Championship was a non-cut event, just like the RSM Classic. So you don’t necessarily beat 155 other guys at all because half of them get cut for the weekend anyway. For most guys, it’s about going the first two days and making the cut, then fighting the 68 other guys that come with you.

“It will never be perfect”

It’s hard, said george cooperbecause in the end, it will never be perfect.

We will always have these disagreements because golf has so many factors. There are different players every week. Different lessons every week. Different field sizes every week. So it’s never going to be perfect because it’s such a complex sport with so many layers.

Coming to your first point, I think it’s a coincidence that it’s combined with the LIV debacle, because this new system was designed about 12 months ago using years of algorithms and research . Then it turned out that LIV burst onto the scene just as the changes came to fruition.

But regardless, the new formula is still completely weird. The whole philosophy is that it’s harder to beat 155 guys than, say, 49 guys, no matter where they are in the standings. But you’re telling me that if you’re world number 50, it’s easier to beat the top 30 guys in the world than the 100 behind you?

And for me, it was the fact that it wasn’t even close. Rahm collects 21 points for his victory in Dubai but Svensson gets 39? The RSM Classic field was awful. Yet it wasn’t even close.

But then again, with all the layers involved, you’re never going to have a perfect system, and you’re never going to please anyone. I mean, if Rory and Rahm can’t get along, will anyone ever be able to?

You can listen to George and Alex discuss the Official World Golf Rankings a bit more – along with many other hot topics – on The Slam podcast. Click the button below or log into your favorite pod platform. Don’t forget to let us know how you feel about it by tweeting us @NCG_com.


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