The breakaway LIV Tour plans to use a board meeting at the golf’s traditional home on Wednesday to demand its official recognition in the world rankings, a move some will see as provocative and sure to heighten tensions in the ongoing civil war sport.

The Rebel Tour’s latest attempt to gain a foothold in the sport will come at a meeting of the Official World Golf Rankings Board on the eve of the 150th Open Championship in St Andrews, where the series’ official claim backed by Saudi Arabia to win the world-ranking status will be at the top of the agenda.

Representatives from all four major championships, as well as the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour, are among those who must decide whether the LIV program led by Greg Norman can fall under the official ranking of world golf. As it currently stands, golfers do not collect World Ranking Points in LIV events. Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka are among the high profile players who have broken away from golf’s existing ecosystem to commit to LIV.

Some of these players fear that their future ability to compete in major championships may be compromised by the inability to earn ranking points within the rebel circuit. LIV executives believe they meet various points-ranking criteria, despite the current model of 54-hole tournaments with no cuts and only 48 players on the course. There will likely be 14 LIV competitions in 2023.

Xander Schauffele survived a rollercoaster final round to secure his third win in succession in the £6.7m Scottish Open.nnSchauffele took a two-shot lead into the final round and birdied the first two holes to immediately double his advantage. 

What looked like a comfortable win proved anything but, though, the world No 11 dropping three shots in the space of four holes from the sixth to fall one behind fellow American Kurt Kitayama heading into the back nine.nnKitayama’s bogey on the 17th dropped him back into a share of the lead and a closing par completed a superb 66 to set what looked a testing clubhouse target of six under at the Renaissance Club. 

However, Schauffele regained his composure sufficiently to hole from 15 feet for birdie on the 14th and two-putt the par-five 16th for another to open up a two-shot cushion and a crucial par save on the 17th allowed the 28-year-old the luxury of a bogey on the last. 

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Schauffele said after a closing level-par 70 gave him a one-shot victory over Kitayama in the first event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour.nn“It was a big sense of relief when that par putt went in on 17 and I could hit a couple of long irons on 18 and lag it up there. 

"It was a very stressful day. Not going to put make-up on the pig here, it was a very average day. Probably my worst this week. As boring as it is, you really can’t get ahead of yourself in links golf. I was ahead, I was behind, I was ahead, I was behind. Just kept my head down and this is very rewarding. 

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth was within a shot of the lead when he birdied the 13th but followed that with a double bogey on the next and eventually signed for a 72 to finish in a tie for 10th. PA Media

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Xander Schauffele survived a rollercoaster final round to claim his third consecutive victory at the £6.7million Scottish Open. Schauffele took a two-shot lead on the final round and birdied the first two holes to immediately double his advantage.

What looked like a comfortable win turned out to be anything but as the world No. 11 wasted three strokes in the space of four holes of the sixth to drop one behind fellow American Kurt Kitayama before the back nine. Kitayama’s bogey on the 17th brought him down to one share of the lead and a closing par completed a stunning 66 to set up what looked like a six-under Test clubhouse goal at the Renaissance Club.

However, Schauffele regained his composure enough to hole 15 feet for a birdie on 14 and two putts on the par-five 16 for another to open a two-shot cushion and a crucial save from the par 17 allowed the 28 years- old the luxury of a bogey on the last.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” Schauffele said after a closing level of 70 gave him a one-shot victory over Kitayama in the first event co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour and DP World Tour. “It was a great feeling of relief when that par putt went in on the 17th and I was able to hit some long irons on the 18th and delay it up there.

“It was a very stressful day. I’m not going to make up the pig here, it was a very average day. Probably my worst this week. As boring as it is, you really can’t get ahead of yourself in links golf. I was in front, I was in back, I was in front, I was in back, I just kept my head down and it’s very rewarding.

Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth was one shot off the lead when he birdied the 13th but followed with a double bogey the next and eventually signed for a 72 to finish tied for 10th. PA Media

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LIV has now made her case for ranking recognition, no doubt knowing that a meeting was scheduled for Open Championship week. Martin Slumbers, the general manager of the R&A, Buzzy Johnson of Augusta National, Mike Whan of the United States Golf Association and Seth Waugh of the PGA of America are at the heart of the decision-making.

Oddly enough, PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan and DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley are too. Monahan and Pelley have tightened the alliance between their organizations and fiercely oppose the LIV model; It remains to be seen whether the duo should recuse themselves from this subject.

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    Keith Waters, who represents the international federation of circuits, is the managing director of the European Tour group. The Official World Golf Ranking is chaired by Peter Dawson, who is Slumbers’ immediate predecessor.

    The R&A chose not to invite Norman to events for former champions during this Open. Still, the ruling body’s broader stance on the LIV threat is unclear. Slumbers will likely be asked about the subject when he undertakes pre-Open media duties on Wednesday.