At a press conference before the PGA Tour John Deere Classic, Ryder Cup captain Zach Johnson clearly indicated how he feels about who will play for the USA. He did so without directly saying that LIV golfers would not be Captains picks for his Ryder Cup team.
“So, what I know is this: In order to play on the Ryder Cup team whether you’re a top-six or a pick, you must garner Ryder Cup points through the PGA of America,” Johnson said in the press conference. “In order to garner Ryder Cup points through the PGA of America, you have to be a member of the PGA of America. The way that we’re members of the PGA of America is through the PGA Tour. I’ll let you connect the dots from there.”
Zach went on to say that he has friends who made the jump to LIV, and that he supports them as friends. “I want them to do well. I want them to, you know, find contentment or happiness in whatever it may be. It’s not for me to say how that develops or how they find that.”
At the British Open in 2 weeks, the board that oversees the awarding of the Official World Golf Rankings, will meet to discuss how points are awarded and what tournaments will qualify for point distributions from their results.
The LIV has indicated they will apply to qualify for OWGR points to be awarded to their tournaments. There are two issues that LIV will have to convince the committee to change their views in order to qualify. The OWGR currently require a tournament should be 72 holes to qualify and that there is a cut to make it to the final rounds. LIV plays 54 hole, no cut tournaments. The second requirement is the tournaments need a minimum of 70 golfers. The LIV currently limits fields to 48 golfers.
Without OWGR points, golfers in the LIV will quickly drop in the rankings. Rankings are one of the elements that goes into qualifying for the majors.