‘I think it is LAUGHABLE’: Jon Rahm slams golf’s new ranking system as a ‘mistake’, as he disagrees with Rory McIlroy’s points calculation which favors the number of ranked players in an event over quality
- Jon Rahm criticizes golf’s new ranking system, calling it ‘ridiculous’
- The Spaniard used his press conference to kill the goal in a point structure
- Changes use a ‘field strength’ calculation that favors quantity over quality
- This means Dubai’s star-studded Tour Championship is worth less than the regular PGA Tour event happening at the same time in the US
- Rahm disagrees with world No 1 Rory McIlroy, who is a fan of the new system
Golf’s appetite for a good range is contagious. A day after Rory McIlroy’s acrimonious ouster of Greg Norman, Jon Rahm upended this week’s DP World Tour finale by launching a scathing criticism of his sport’s ‘ridiculous’ new ranking system.
In a premeditated attack, the world No 5 used his pre-tournament press conference on Wednesday to kill the goal on the points structure which means the star-studded Tour Championship in Dubai will be lower than usual. which is a PGA Tour event contested at the same time in the US.
Distilling complex mathematics into simpler terms, the changes introduced in August use a ‘strength of field’ calculation that favors the quantity of ranked players in an event over its quality.
Jon Rahm called golf’s new ranking system ‘ridiculous’ on Wednesday
That approach has created a scenario where the lesser-regarded RSM Classic in Georgia, with a field of 156, is worth almost twice as many points to the champion as the 50-man tournament in Dubai, which boasts three of the top 10 in the world.
That includes McIlroy, who is striving to become only the second player to win the Tour Championships of both the American and European circuits in the same season. For his part, McIlroy declared himself a fan of the new system.
But Rahm firmly took the opposing view, and when he shared it over breakfast with DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley at breakfast on Wednesday, he went public. He said: ‘I will be as blunt as I can be. I think the OWGR [Official World Golf Rankings] now that’s ridiculous. Funny, funny.
The new system means the star-studded Tour Championship in Dubai will cost less than the regular PGA Tour event contested at the same time in the US
‘The fact that the RSM (Classic in Georgia) doesn’t have any of the top 25 in the world but has more points than this event where we have seven of the top 25 is ridiculous.
‘The fact that Wentworth (the BMW PGA Championship in September) has fewer points than Napa (the Fortinet Championship on the PGA Tour), despite having players in the top 10 in the world, is ridiculous.
‘I understand what they are trying to do with depth of field but having the best players in the world automatically makes the tournament better.
‘I don’t care what their system says. I think they made a mistake. I think some aspects of it can be useful but I think they devalue the better players. You should not be penalized because it is a smaller field. A deeper field does not mean a better tournament.
Rahm disagrees with world No 1 Rory McIlroy (pictured), who is a fan of the new system
‘I think it’s more important if you’re beating the best players in the world. I think a lot of people would agree and I think this should show that. And if not like that, at least the point gap should not be different.’
While some aspects of the Spaniard’s criticisms are inaccurate – RSM’s field includes world No 12 Tony Finau – his view will play on fears that the position of the European circuit has weakened due to changes in weather of greater uncertainty because of the raids that were made. via Norman’s LIV tour.
Pelley confirmed that he will discuss the issue at the next meeting of the OWGR committee, of which he is a member.
Rahm is expected to be among the main protagonists this week, with McIlroy the favorite who has won twice before on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates.
Rahm insists golf ‘made a mistake’ in favoring quantity over quality players at events
The Northern Irishman, whose season has been exceptional despite not winning a major, also holds a slim 128-point lead over New Zealander Ryan Fox in Europe’s order of merit, whom he has already topped three times. -claim in his career.
Both men face competition in that regard from Matt Fitzpatrick, who excels at this course as a two-time Tour Championship winner.
The US Open champion said: ‘I’ve played with Rory a few times to know what he’s about. I know he’s had a lot of success around here too, so facing the world No 1 on Sunday is what I want to do.’