Cameron Smith opens up about ‘unfair’ controversy over LIV Golf player ranking points

PGA star and Open Champion Cameron Smith officially joined LIV Golf earlier this week. It didn’t take long for him to make his feelings known on an issue paramount to the success of the rival league. As it stands, LIV golfers cannot earn World Ranking Points, which are essential to qualifying for the four major PGA tournaments. Smith, who was granted a major bye for the next five years after winning the British Open in July, has spoken out about the ‘unfair’ ranking points controversy, per ESPN.

“It’s a real shame we’re not getting world ranking points here,” Smith said ahead of his LIV Golf debut this week away from Boston.

To have 48 of the best guys in the world playing, and not getting any world ranking points, is maybe a bit unfair.

It’s always super competitive here. I really think that’s a bit unfair.

Cameron Smith said it’s a “shame” LIV Golf players don’t receive ranking points. The world no. 2 added that he hopes the issue will be resolved before his exemption expires.

LIV Golf has applied to the official World Golf Ranking Board in an effort to gain the necessary authentication to be a major player in the sport. The Board of Directors, made up of representatives from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and USGA, among others, is currently reviewing the bid.

Cameron Smith believes LIV Golf is the “future”. Well, he won’t have any future if he can’t fix this ranking point problem. It will be interesting to see what happens in the coming weeks.

Michael C. Ford