Has anyone in this thread actually seen the criteria or is everyone just parroting what their preferred media source is saying?
Someone posted a list to twitter yesterday. I can't vouch for its veracity or exclusivity, but the criteria are all things that have been discussed in media reports:
1. An embrace of inclusion and promoting non-discriminatory practices.
2. Competitions contested over 72 holes, except for developmental tours (like the Abema TV Tour, the Alps Golf Tour, or the Europro Tour, among others) which are permitted to be 54 hole events.
3. An open annual qualifying school held before the start of each season.
4. A field size on average of 75 players over the course of the season.
5. a 36-hole cut, whether playing 54 or 72 holes.
6. A clear opportunity to progress to a full member tour, that is, to one of the six members of the International Federation of PGA Tours.
7. Reasonable access for local and regional players (i.e. Monday qualifiers) at each of its tournaments.
Obviously not every PGA tour sanctioned event meets all of these, but on the whole, the Tours receiving points are compliant, with some specific exemptions for certain events. LIV, on the other hand, fails to meet pretty much every single one. It's one thing to ask for a certain event to get points despite not meeting all of the criteria. LIV wants all of its events to get points despite not meeting ANY of the criteria, except maybe #1 and #6, which may be inapplicable if they consider themselves a premier tour.
You can argue whether these rules are arbitrary, or in need of amending, or whatever, but they exist (allegedly) , and LIV has made virtually no effort to comply with them. There's also no evidence of unfair treatment, despite LIV's claims of bias inherent in the governing board. For me, the static nature of the Tour is a problem. We can all judge how good the LIV guys are vs. PGA Tour guys because we have a lot of recent results to use for comparison's sake. What about five years from now? If you lose your game on the PGA Tour, you play your way off, and vice versa. LIV guys can just suck and cash seven figure checks because they got randomly assigned to a good "team" (which is also a dumb concept, IMO).