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The battle for LIV Golf players to accrue official world rankings points has reached another level.

All 48 players participating in LIV Golf's Chicago event last week recently sent a signed letter to Peter Dawson, current chairman of the Official World Golf Rankings. The players are requesting for LIV Golf Invitational Series events to be included in the world ranking system.

"Your stewardship has ensured the Official World Golf Ranking status as one of the most respected institutions in sports," said the letter. "As the athletes who are ranked, we depend on OWGR not just to qualify for the most important events, including the Majors and Olympics, but to tell us where we stand among our peers."

While LIV Golf and CEO Greg Norman have been able to snatch up high-profile players such as Cameron Smith, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, and Brooks Koepka, the series' tournaments are the central issue when dealing with OWGR. LIV Golf's tournaments are no-cut, 48-player events and span just 54 holes.

As mentioned in the letter, the OWGR helps dictate the fields for all four major championships and the Olympics. Without any way to accrue world ranking points, LIV golfers without exemptions are in danger of missing key events.

"Trust in the OWGR has been widespread and well-deserved. To maintain trust, we urge you -- as one of the true statesmen of sports -- to act appropriately to include, on a retroactive basis, the results of LIV Golf events in OWGR's ranking calculations."

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The letter also highlights how Johnson has picked up three top-3 finishes in four LIV events -- including a win three weeks ago at LIV Boston -- but has dropped from 13th to 23rd in the world rankings since joining LIV Golf.

"Over Labor Day weekend in Boston, [Johnson] defeated 15 golfers who had finished either first or second in the four Majors, including the Champion Golfer of the Year for 2022. For the rankings to be accurate, DJ deserves to move up, not down."

LIV Golf players went on to express their concern about the OWGR governing board, which includes PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour CEO Keith Pelley.

"Four of the eight members have connections to the PGA Tour, which unfortunately views LIV Golf as an antagonist. Other members of the Board have made unfairly harsh remarks about LIV, with one of them calling the organization 'not credible'."

The LIV Golf Invitational Series formally applied for admission to the OWGR in mid-July but hopes for a speedy decision to prevent more players from falling in the rankings.

"We call on you to render a positive decision quickly -- for the benefit of the integrity of the rankings, the game, and all of us who love the sport."