喬恩-拉姆在迪拜舉行的DP世界巡迴賽上稱高爾夫世界排名 "很可笑

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喬恩-拉姆在迪拜舉行的DP世界巡迴賽上稱高爾夫世界排名 "很可笑

喬恩-拉姆將高爾夫新的世界排名系統稱為 "可笑的",因為它使本周DP世界巡迴賽的賽季結束時的積分只有在美國同時進行的常規PGA巡迴賽的一半。

50人的參賽隊伍僅限於今年在迪拜競賽中表現領先的選手,由頭號選手羅里-麥克羅伊領銜,擁有8名來自世界前30名的選手。

相比之下,在喬治亞州舉行的PGA巡迴賽RSM精英賽只有四位來自前30名的高爾夫球手,其中排名第12位的托尼-菲諾是排名最高的選手。在海島開球的156名球員包括世界排名第915位的克里斯-斯特勞德和排名2856位的老將戴維斯-拉夫三世。

在拉姆爆發之後,DP世界巡迴賽負責人Keith Pelley告訴BBC體育,他將在排名委員會的下次會議上提出這個問題。

拉姆在周四開始的中東錦標賽前說:"我將儘可能地直言不諱,我認為現在的OWGR是可笑的,"。

"我理解他們在場地深度方面所做的努力,但是擁有世界上最好的球員會自動使比賽變得更好,"拉姆補充說。

"我不關心他們的系統說什麼。我認為他們犯了一個錯誤。我認為它的某些方面可能是有益的,但我認為他們已經貶低了更好的球員的價值。

"當年的30名最佳球員不應該因為場地較小而受到懲罰。場地的深度並不意味着更好的比賽。

"我可以繼續說下去。我認為他們在這一立場上有相當大的失誤。"

排名積分現在是根據一場比賽的總場面強度等級來決定的。本周只有50名球員在朱美拉高爾夫莊園的地球球場參賽,這意味着該賽事的場地評級為121分,冠軍將獲得約22分。

全場RSM賽事的評級為223.16,冠軍可能獲得38.38分。

這些都被納入到排名計算中,而排名的權重是根據結果的經常性和每個球員在過去兩年中所參加的計數活動的數量決定的平均值。

佩利也是世界高爾夫官方排名的董事會成員,他承認有必要改變排名公式,但他承諾會提出拉姆的擔憂。

"他說:"毫無疑問,喬恩-拉姆的談話以及圍繞OWGR的其他一些明顯的變化將是我們下一次董事會會議的一個議題。

"根據我們的頂級球員和他們的評論,提出來是很謹慎的。

"OWGR是一個熱門話題,原因很多。有四所大學做了詳細的研究,都得出了結論,世界排名不一定能反映高爾夫運動的情況。

"因此,我們實施了一個新的系統。就像任何新系統一樣,你要對它進行評估,如果需要改變,就對它進行修改"。

本周早些時候,麥克羅伊支持在8月首次實施的新系統。

"你這裡有一個50人的場地,而那裡有一個144人的場地,"他說。

"因此,就場上實力的計算方式而言,他們還有90名球員可以為他們的場上實力作出貢獻。

"因此,這個比賽有21分,而RSM有39分的原因是贏得RSM的人必須擊敗其他139人。在這裡,你只需要擊敗其他49人。

這一觀點使北愛爾蘭人與他的西班牙萊德杯隊友產生了分歧,拉姆加倍地批評了新公式。

"這位28歲的前美國公開賽冠軍說:"當你有世界第一的球員在那裡的時候,你願意贏得一場比賽,還是在那裡的第30或第6位?

"我認為,如果你擊敗的是世界上最好的球員,那就更有價值。我想很多人都會同意,我認為它應該反映這一點。"


Jon Rahm has branded golf's new world ranking system as "laughable" after it left this week's season-ending finale on the DP World Tour with half as many points as the regular PGA Tour event being played simultaneously in the United States.

The 50-strong field, limited to the leading performers on the Race to Dubai this year, is headed by number one Rory McIlroy and boasts eight players from the world's top 30.

By contrast the PGA Tour's RSM Classic in Georgia has only four golfers from the top 30, with number 12 Tony Finau its highest ranked competitor. The 156 players teeing it up at Sea Island include world No 915 Chris Stroud and veteran Davis Love III, who is ranked 2,856.

Following Rahm's outburst, DP World Tour chief Keith Pelley told BBC Sport that he will raise the issue at the next meeting of the rankings board.

"I'm going to be as blunt as I can, I think the OWGR right now is laughable," Rahm said before the Middle East tournament which starts on Thursday.

"I understand what they are trying to do with the depth of field but having the best players in the world automatically makes the tournament better," Rahm added.

"I don't care what their system says. I think they have made a mistake. I think some aspects of it might be beneficial but I think they have devalued the value of the better players.

"The 30 best players of the year should not be punished because it's a smaller field. Depth of field doesn't mean a better tournament.

"I could go on and on. I think they have missed the mark on that stance quite a bit."

Ranking points are now determined on a tournament's total strength of field rating. There are only 50 players competing on the Earth Course at Jumeirah Golf Estates this week, which means the tournament has a field rating of 121 points with around 22 points going to the winner.

The full field RSM event has a rating of 223.16 with the champion likely to gain 38.38 points.

These feed into a ranking calculation which is weighted on recency of results and an average determined by the number of counting events each player has played over the past two years.

Pelley, who is also a board member of the Official World Golf Rankings, accepts there was a need to alter the rankings formula, but is promising to raise Rahm's concerns.

"There is no doubt that Jon Rahm's conversation and some of the other noticeable changes around OWGR will be a topic at our next board meeting," he said.

"It is prudent to bring it up based on our top players and their comments.

"The OWGR is a hot topic for many reasons. There were four universities that did a detailed study and all came to the conclusion that the world rankings didn't necessarily reflect the game of golf.

"As a result we implemented a new system. And like with any new system you evaluate it and modify it if changes are needed."

Earlier this week McIlroy backed the new system which was first implemented in August.

"You've got a 50-man field here versus a 144-man field there," he said.

"So just in terms of how the strengths of field is calculated, they have 90 more players to contribute to their strength of field.

"So the reason that this has got 21 points and the RSM has got 39 is the person that wins the RSM has to beat 139 other guys. You only have to beat 49 other guys here.

This opinion sets the Northern Irishman at odds with his Spanish Ryder Cup team-mate and Rahm doubled down on his criticism of the new formula.

"Would you rather win a tournament when you have the number one player in the world there or the 30th or 6th there?" said the 28-year-old former US Open winner.

"I think it's more valuable if you're beating best players in the world. I think a lot of people would agree and I think it should reflect that."

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