Golf’s acute problem is a “pain in the butt” for Australian superstar Cam Smith

Potential world no.

Smith’s win at the Australian PGA Championship last week cemented his position as world No. 3 and pushed him ever closer to top-ranked Rory McIlroy.

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If he picked up his sixth win of the year at the Australian Open this week, Smith would have overtaken world No. 2 Scottie Scheffler and dethroned McIlroy if ranking points had been awarded to LIV golfers.

Unfortunately, Smith received no points for winning the 54-hole LIV Chicago in September and there aren’t enough points at the Australian Open for the 29-year-old to join his compatriots Greg Norman, Adam Scott and Jason Day in the country’s fourth-place finisher to become. always world No.1.

“It’s a bit of a shame, but that’s how it is. I’ve kind of had to deal with that for the last three or four months,” Smith said Tuesday.

“I feel like I’m playing really, really solid golf and yeah it’s a bit annoying.

“I know within myself that I am at the top. Somehow I’m still third on the (ranking) list, but over time those placements become more and more irrelevant, especially when I’m not earning world ranking points from these LIV events.”

Cameron Smith kisses the trophy after winning the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship at the Royal Queensland Golf Club in Brisbane. Recognition: JONO SEARLE/AAP IMAGE

As CEO of LIV Golf, Norman – the world No. 1 with the second-longest tenure in history after Tiger Woods – remains committed to awarding ranking points to players on his Saudi Arabia-backed tour.

But it is understood that the custodians of the official world golf rankings will not consider moving until LIV Golf at least moves to 72-hole championship tournaments.

If Smith and fellow LIV Golf tourist Marc Leishman were still playing on the US PGA Tour, there would be more points up for grabs at Australia’s two flagship tournaments.

“It’s a shame that a big event like the PGA and the Open gets so few points, especially for us Australians who don’t really get a chance,” said Smith.

“Especially the guys who come, (they) don’t really have the opportunity to win a lot of points. As a young professional, those points mean a lot.”


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