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Louis Oosthuizen calls for overhaul of golf rankings after failing to qualify for Masters

Louis Oosthuizen can't understand why golfing authorities can't figure out a way to solve the problem of LIV golfers not being awarded World Golf Rankings points for their performances.

The South African was speaking out after it was confirmed he would miss the Masters tournament for the first timee in 16 years due to not having accumulated enough rankings points for his performances on the Saudi-backed breakaway tour.

Oosthuizen has a great record in the majors, having won the Open in 2010 and finished runner-up on no less than seven occasions - including at Augusta National in 2012 after losing to Bubba Watson in a play-off.

Now, he finds himself excluded from this year's Masters after falling way down the he Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) - despite teeing it up alongside many of the biggest golfers on the planet on the LIV Golf Tour.

Oosthuizen admits the current rankings system needs to be "completely changed" in order to regain its credibility.

"I think the whole system needs to change completely," he told Gulf News after heading to Oman for this week's International Series event to chase down ranking points.

"If they don't want to give us World Ranking points on LIV Golf then they should change the system where they give spots to Majors on each tour around the world or something like that. I'm surprised those (OWGR) guys have a lot more experience than me, sitting on boards and doing their things, that I can't believe there's no solution to it."

At the same time, Oosthuizen also knew this eventuality was on the cards.

"When I made the decision to join LIV Golf, I knew it was inevitable," he added. "I'll miss it because it's an unbelievable experience.

"It's a great golf course, a great tournament, but I honestly think the golf course is a little bit too long for me now anyway."

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