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Daily Mirror
Benjamin Goddard

LIV Golf's plans for major tournaments take a twist with Saudi Golf chief update

Saudi golf chief Majed Al Sorour has said he was misquoted over claims LIV Golf would create their own majors and backtracked on his original comments.

The four golf majors are ran independently of the PGA Tour meaning they will have an extra spice next year when players of the rival circuits go head-to-head for the coveted titles. Last week Al Sorour was quoted as stating he would 'create his own majors' if LIV Golf players are banned from the blue riband events.

In a statement released by Saudi Golf, Al Sorour now denies saying the comments and praised the heritage of the major tournaments.

The statement said: "I had a casual conversation with a New Yorker reporter at LIV's Boston event a few weeks ago, during which I expressed my frustration at the unfortunate blackballing of LIV Golf players by the PGA Tour.

"When it comes to the majors, tournaments that stand alone and are independent of LIV, I have the utmost respect for the majors. The majors are about history, heritage, true competition and honour."

"The story wrongfully expressed and misrepresented my views. The majors are indeed the best platform where golfers and other tour golfers can compete, despite the PGA Tour's suspension of our players."

Majed Al Sorour (right) with Brooks Koepka at this weekend's LIV Golf event in Jeddah (2022 Chris Trotman/LIV Golf)

Despite being suspended from PGA Tour events LIV Golf members can still compete in the majors, if they qualify.

Since its inception LIV Golf members have been tumbling down the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) due to the events not receiving points. Despite applying to the independent OWGR body the shortened form of the LIV Golf events has led to a delay in a decision over whether they should receive points or not.

The breakaway circuit seemed to have found a loop hole last week, after forming a strategic alliance with the OWGR-recognised MENA Tour but their points application is yet to be accepted. The top 50 in the OWGR gain a automatic place in the majors.

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