Staff, 2022-10-14 09:15:40,
KING ABDULLAH ECONOMIC CITY, Saudi Arabia – Cho Minn Thant might not be the most prominent name in the big picture of professional golf, but he’s got two pretty significant gigs in the game.
The first is his day job, and that is as CEO and commissioner of the Asian Tour. He also has an important role with the Official World Golf Ranking as a member of its technical committee.
Because of the Asian Tour’s relationship with LIV Golf, Cho said it will preclude him from having any kind of a role in LIV’s application for OWGR points. But he understands the process and is among the few, if any, associated with it to speak on the record.
“I’d like to see the OWGR grant LIV world ranking points for next season,’’ Cho said during an interview with Sports Illustrated at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club, the site of this week’s LIV Golf Invitational Series Jeddah event. “This year was probably too soon.
“The way LIV started it was a work in progress. It still is a work in progress. And the start of the season they were unsure which players would sign up. This is massively more successful than they envisioned at the start of the year, in my opinion. And highly successful.’’
Still, Cho acknowledges there are legitimate issues with LIV’s plight for ranking points.
“There are things that could be put in place,’’ he said. “There’s no cut. Only 54 holes. The system accounts for that. There are going to be things in the world with golf rankings the…
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