Jay Monahan and Keith Pelley declined to review LIV Golf’s application for official World Golf Ranking scores.
Monahan, commissioner of the PGA Tour, and Pelley, CEO of the DP World Tour, are two of the seven members of the OWGR Board of Directors, which ultimately decide the fate of tours seeking certification.
Keith Waters, who heads the International Federation of PGA Tours and is chief operating officer of the DP World Tour, recused himself from the application.
Pelley revealed this decision to reporters on Thursday’s Hero Dubai Desert Classic in the United Arab Emirates. The PGA Tour confirmed that Monaghan has removed himself from the process.
“I haven’t looked at the LIV application yet,” Pelley said during a meeting with reporters in Dubai. “So I can’t give an opinion on an application I haven’t seen yet. That’s in the hands of the technical committee. On the advice of legal counsel, Jay and I have recused ourselves from a separate committee. Representatives from the four majors now decide the LIV application. We’re not involved and we have no influence on how LIV turns out.”
With three board members from the decision, That means it will be decided by four representatives from the major championships. Will Jones, executive director for Augusta National and the Masters. Other representatives include Seth Waugh, CEO of the US PGA; Mike Whan, CEO of the United States Golf Association. Martin Slumbers, CEO of the R&A;
Peter Dawson, former head of the R&A, is chairman of the OWGR governing board.
The Technical Committee is made up of 12 members representing the four Majors and various tours around the world, including the Asian Tour and CEO Cho Min Thant. The Asian Tour has a financing program through LIV Golf that provides financial support for the International Series—higher group tournaments that are part of the Asian Tour schedule—and a place in the LIV Golf League.
Greg Norman, CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, maintained that Monahan and Pelley’s association with OWGR was a conflict of interest against the LIV Golf League.
LIV Golf first submitted its application in July. It later submitted another application with a development tour that had already scored in partnership with the MENA Tour. Mexico It is still expected that a decision on whether to award points for its matches will be made before its first match on February 24-26 at Mayakoba.