LIV Golf players prohibited from 2024 Presidents Cup qualification process

LIV Golf players prohibited from 2024 Presidents Cup qualification process

Since its inception, LIV Golf has staged events worldwide, desiring to become the premier international golf circuit for the best players in the world.

But LIV golfers will not be eligible for the 2024 Presidents Cup, which will pit the United States against the best International players not from Europe.

That means no Cameron Smith of Australia or Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.

Americans Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, and Bryson DeChambeau are also ineligible.

Brooks Koepka, Team USA, Ryder Cup

Brooks Koepka was the only LIV golfer at the 2023 Ryder Cup.
Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images

All players who wish to compete in the 2024 Presidents Cup must be eligible to compete in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, per Tuesday’s announcement of the qualification process.

That could all change in the coming months, as the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, and Saudi Arabian Public Investment Fund (PIF)—the beneficiary for LIV Golf—are negotiating how professional golf will look in the future.

Should these three bodies come to an agreement, then perhaps LIV golfers will become eligible for PGA Tour events, meaning they gain access to the Presidents Cup.

For now, that is not the case.

Any player on the Saudi-backed circuit remains suspended by the PGA Tour.

Alas, here is the full qualification process for the 2024 Presidents Cup, which will be held at Royal Montreal Golf Club from Sept. 24-29, 2024.

United States, PGA Tour, Presidents Cup

The victorious United States team at the 2022 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Photo by Warren Little/Getty Images

United States – 2024 Presidents Cup Qualification Process:

Like the 2023 Ryder Cup, the U.S. team will have six automatic qualifiers and six captain’s picks selected by skipper Jim Furyk, the 2003 U.S. Open champion.

Also, like the Ryder Cup, the Presidents Cup will have rankings, which are now live.

The top 12 in the U.S. standings, along with the point totals, follows below:

1. Scottie Scheffler (3,228 points)
2. Max Homa (1,832)
3. Wyndham Clark (1,805)
4. Collin Morikawa (1,760)
5. Patrick Cantlay (1,567)
6. Eric Cole (1,481)
7. Xander Schauffele (1,471)
8. Lucas Glover (1,449)
9. Rickie Fowler (1,421)
10. Brian Harman (1,369)
11. Sam Burns (1,292)
12. Sahith Theegala (1,286)

Points are accumulated and weighed as follows:

From the 2023 Sentry at Kapalua through the 2023 RSM Classic, one FedEx Cup point accumulated at these events equates to one Presidents Cup point.

Things change for 2024, as qualifying will end at the 2024 BMW Championship, the penultimate event during the FedEx Cup Playoffs.

One FedEx Cup point equals two Presidents Cup points for The Players and all four major championships in 2024. Then, for all other events in 2024, one FedEx Cup point correlates to 1.5 President Cup points.

Tom Kim, PGA Tour, Presidents Cup

Tom Kim emerged as a star for the Internationals at the 2022 Presidents Cup.
Photo by Chris Condon/Getty Images

International – 2024 Presidents Cup Qualification Process:

Like the U.S., the International team will have six automatic qualifiers and six captain’s picks. Canadian Mike Weir, who won the 2003 Masters, will captain the Internationals.

The rankings, which are now live, are listed below. Notably, the criteria for selecting the International team differs from the U.S. team; the number in parentheses is the average number of points accumulated rather than the total number:

1. Tom Kim – South Korea (4.4319)
2. Jason Day – Australia (3.4972)
3. Sungjae Im – South Korea (3.2115)
4. Ryan Fox – New Zealand (3.1238)
5. Corey Conners – Canada (2.7576)
6. Emiliano Grillo – Argentina (2.6022)
7. Hideki Matsuyama – Japan (2.4813)
8. Si Woo Kim – South Korea (2.3257)
9. Cam Davis – Australia (2.3001)
10. Min Woo Lee – Australia (2.2029)
11. Adam Scott – Australia (2.1895)
12. Adam Hadwin – Canada (2.0740)

Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) points will determine the 2024 International team.

The automatic qualifiers will be the top six eligible International players in the OWGR standings after the conclusion of the 2024 BMW Championship.

Weir will then make six picks the following week at the 2024 Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

International players who wish to automatically qualify need to compete in 15 or more OWGR-rated events from Sept. 12, 2022, through the 2024 BMW Championship, in which the final round is scheduled for Aug. 26, 2024.

Hence the average number of points being used in the International rankings as opposed to the total number of points utilized in the American rankings.

The reason for this is that a player will not be penalized for missing time due to injury, illness, or personal reasons.

There is no minimum number of events for captain’s picks, however.

Yet, like the U.S. team, all players must be eligible to play in a PGA Tour-sanctioned event, meaning no LIV players can suit up on either side—at least for now.

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.

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