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LIV Golf rebels will have "some regrets" over switch amid ranking points saga

PGA Tour star Billy Horschel believes his LIV Golf rivals will have 'some regrets' over their Saudi switch, amid the series' ongoing saga surrounding the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR). LIV Golf are yet to acquire recognition with OWGR, meaning players are unable to earn ranking points.

Last week, the LIV playing roster wrote to OWGR chairman Peter Dawson, asking for the breakaway series to be awarded ranking points, whilst also dating back events that have already taken place without points. The absence of OWGR recognition has been a bitter pill to swallow for the Saudi-funded series.

As a result, some of the biggest names in golf including Dustin Johnson and Bryson DeChambeau have seen their world ranking plummet since joining LIV Golf.

And their former PGA Tour colleague Horschel believes those who have made the switch will be regretting their decision when it comes to their ranking position. Ahead of this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, he told Sky Sports : "Right now LIV does not meet the criteria to get world ranking points, and it is a year, year-and-a-half process minimum - that is the way it has always been as far as I'm concerned.

"Down the road we will see what happens but right now they don't have world ranking points. Everyone of those guys who signed the contract knew what that they might not get world ranking points and they factored that in when they got their big signing bonus.

Billy Horschel had his say on LIV's dilemma. (Getty Images)

"I think they all got some bad information from the LIV people... like I say they signed for a lot of money so their bank accounts are pretty fat right now and that is the majority of the reason they went because of the money... maybe some of them have regrets, especially the guys aren't qualified for the majors."

Horschel was not the only man to discuss LIV's ranking saga at St Andrews, as Rory McIlroy addressed the matter. McIlroy believes that if the series meet the required criteria then they are more than entitled to OWGR points, but only if they 'play by the rules'.

Do you think LIV golfers should earn world ranking points? Let us know in the comments section below.

Rory McIlroy called for LIV to 'play by the rules' (Getty Images)

The Northern Irishman said : "If they meet the criteria they get world ranking points. I don't see any reason why they shouldn't, as long as they meet the criteria that is set out. The one thing that has been frustrating from the start of this is that they don't want to play by the rules that have been in place for so long.

"It can't be one set of rules for a certain amount of people and then a certain set of rules for everyone else - everyone has to abide by the same rules here. If they're willing to abide by the rules then 100 per cent they should get world ranking points, but the way everything is right now and the way their tour is set up, I just think it makes it very difficult for them to make that argument."

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