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LIV Golf insider speaks about interesting reason PGA Tour stars are waiting to join circuit

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A report has claimed that PGA Tour stars are currently doing the maths to work out how many world ranking points they will need to play in major tournaments until 2024 before defecting to the LIV Golf series.

The big money Saudi-back series has attracted some of golf's top star including this year's Open Championship winner Cameron Smith.

However, LIV Golf events are still not accredited by the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). "A number of interested players on the PGA Tour, and a couple of big names in particular, are wanting to wait until 2023 to join LIV Golf if they are to move at all," an insider has told GolfMagic. "This is because they will have accumulated enough OWGR points that if LIV Golf still doesn't have it sorted then they will still have enough points to stay in the Top 50 for the 2022/23 season and be able to qualify for the 2024 majors. "The players and their agents are all doing the maths at the moment, and by going to LIV Golf in 2023, they can still play in all four majors in 2023 and 2024 regardless of what LIV manages to sort out with the OWGR." An application made in July by the LIV Golf series to be given ranking points remains undecided.

During this time five tournaments have been hosted by the controversial series with no ranking points awarded yet - with Open champion Smith winning the recent Chicago event.

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