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Andy Sullivan has branded the decision to resume the Official World Golf Rankings an “absolute joke”.

The 34-year-old, a member of the European team that contested the 2016 Ryder Cup, told the BBC that the decision to award points for PGA Tour events whilst the European Tour remains inactive is another example of perceived bias towards the US circuit.

“They’re getting points while we are just sitting down watching them just take our points basically,” said Sullivan.

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“I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t absolutely fuming and I just think it’s an absolute joke. It’s completely unfair. It’s a world ranking system not a US tour system so I think it’s ridiculous.”

Since the rankings started back up again with the resumption of the PGA Tour at the Charles Schwab Challenge a fortnight ago, Sullivan has dropped seven places – despite not having anywhere to play.

“It’s obviously massively frustrating,” he said. “A lot of the goals we set are around world rankings and getting into majors and World Golf Championship events.

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“You do feel like your opportunities are being taken away with us not playing for a month-and-a-half and they’re ahead of us.

“I think [the world rankings] always been a little bit biased towards the US and that is just proven tenfold with this decision.”


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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