Did they sin terribly?


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


It was all about John Rahm’s DP World Championship. The Spaniard made headlines both on and off the course as he entered all of the Official World Golf Rankings before dominating the course in Dubai.

Ram unleashed a stinging attack on OWGR before play, offering a different approach to his Ryder Cup teammate Rory McIlroy He also praised the system “Funny” – not once, but three times.

With a chip on his shoulder, Ram went on to win the DP World Championship, racking up just 21 OWGR points while not moving up the rankings at all – perhaps justifying his verbal attack days earlier.

On the other side of the world, Adam Svensson collected 39 points to win the RSM Classic. This was despite the fact that the 156-player tournament had one of the weakest fields you will see on the PGA Tour all year.

So, with the OWGR controversy taking center stage AgainWas Ram right in attacking the organization? Or is the new system right to prioritize field number over field strength? That’s what two of our writers said This week’s episode of The Slam

“It should just be a powerhouse in a domain scenario.”

I think at some point they realized they were going to have to allow it Live golf in the world rankings, Says Alex Perryso they decided to penalize limited field events in that sense, and so we ended up with this ludicrous scenario where the RSM Classic delivers a lot of points despite being on the lower end of the PGA Tour.

With no respect to anyone who plays in that tournament or the tournament itself, but it clearly holds a lot of value. For me, it should just be a force field scenario.

In Rahm’s last four tournaments, he finished second, first, fourth and first, but did not move up the rankings. Obviously, there is a big problem there.

Moreover, the DP World Championship was a non-stop event, and so was the RSM Classic Championship. So, you don’t necessarily have to hit other 155 guys at all, because half of them get chopped up on the weekends anyway. For most players, it’s a matter of getting through the first couple of days and making the cut, then fighting the other 68 guys who come along.

“It will never be perfect.”

it’s hard , Says George CooperBecause at the end of the day, it’s never going to be perfect.

We will always have these disagreements because golf has so many factors. There are different players every week. Different courses every week. The fields are of different sizes each week. Therefore, it will never be perfect because it is a complex sport with many levels.

Coming to your first point, I think it’s quite a coincidence that it’s combined with the LIV disaster, because this new system was devised about 12 months ago using years of algorithms and research. Then it just so happened that LIV came on the scene just as the changes started to bear fruit.

But regardless, the new formula is still totally weird. The basic idea is that 155 guys are harder to beat than 49 guys, no matter where they are in the world rankings. But you’re telling me if I’m number 50 in the world it’s easier to beat the top 30 players in the world than 100 guys behind you?

And for me, it was the fact that he wasn’t even close. Ram collects 21 points for winning in Dubai, but Svensson gets 39? The RSM Classic field was awful. However, it wasn’t close.

But then again, with all the layers involved, you’ll never have a perfect regimen, and you’ll never please anyone. I mean, if Rory and Ram didn’t get along, would anyone?

You can listen to George and Alex discuss the world golf rankings more – along with many other hot topics – on The Slam podcast. Click the button below, or set your preferred pod platform. Remember to tell us how you feel about this issue by tweeting to us @employee.

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