Claiming the place of world number one since his victory in The Open, Cameron Smith will probably not be in the coming months, and the Australian admits to suffering from it. Will Cameron Smith ever be world number one? Nothing is less sure.
If Smith's victory at the Australian PGA Championship last week cemented his position as world No. that his chances are now very slim. His choice, dictated by his desire to play and be more often in his native Australia and by the millions of dollars received in exchange for his commitment, leaves him with few opportunities to score “big” points.
I feel like I'm playing really, really solid golf and, yes, it's a bit of a pain...
Cameron Smith Many players who, like him, have chosen to abandon the historic circuits in favor of the dissident league financed by Saudi Arabia have seen their position in the world rankings deteriorate since there are no world points distributed in tournaments.
of LIV. If he wins his sixth victory of the year at the Australian Open this week, Cam Smith could however steal the world number 2 spot from Scottie Scheffler. Given his level of play, many think he even deserves to dethrone Rory McIlroy.
The Northern Irishman returned to the throne recently but his position is far from indisputable. The 29-year-old acknowledges that joining compatriots Greg Norman, Adam Scott and Jason Day in becoming the fourth Australian player to reach the world number 1 spot is a dream.
Cameron Smith, statements
"It's a bit of a shame, but that's the way it is. I had to get used to it over the last three or four months, Smith explained in a pre-tournament press conference. I feel like I'm playing really, really solid golf and, yes, it's a bit of a pain..." “Inside myself, I know that I am at the very top.
I'm still third somehow but over time these rankings become more and more irrelevant, especially since it's not possible to get world ranking points in the LIV Invitational Series". If Smith and fellow LIV compatriot Marc Leishman were still playing on the PGA Tour, there would be more points in Australia's two co-sanctioned DP World Tour events, since now the points awarded to a tournament depend on the classification of the participants and no longer on the circuit to which it belongs.
"It's a shame that big events like the PGA Championship of Australia and the Australian Open get so few points, especially for us Australians who don't really have an opportunity. As a young professional, those points matter a lot,” Smith concluded.