How far have LIV Golf players fallen in the world rankings?

With no Official World Golf Ranking points available for the breakaway series, George Cooper is keeping you up to date on the defectors’ back progress.

As the LIV Golf World Rankings debacle wreaks havoc on the breakaway league, we’re following how far the defector has fallen in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

LIV Golf World Ranking

While the growing list of players defect to LIV Golf continues to produce an endless amount of controversy, backlash and legal conflict Looking ahead to their future plans, one of the biggest issues facing the league rebels is their plummeting position within the OWGR.

As it stands, the Greg Norman-led series has not received OWGR accreditation, which means players have not been able to collect World Ranking Points for competing in the events on invite from LIV Golf.

Couple this with the PGA Tour bans rebels from LIV indefinitely to return to their circuit (for the moment), and we’ve already seen defectors start to drop in the OWGR.

But how far are we talking? Well, here’s a chart showing where the stars of LIV ranked before joining the breakaway series, and where they rank today…


LIV Golf Players OWGR


Player Pre-LIV Ranking Current ranking Difference
Cameron Smith 2 3 -1
Dustin Johnson 13 38 -25
Brooks Koepka 19 42 -23
Joaquin Niemann 19 22 -3
Louis Oosthuizen 20 48 -28
Abraham Ancer 20 27 -seven
Paul Casey 27 51 -24
Bryson De Chambeau 29 54 -25
Jason Kokrak 32 47 -15
Kevin Na 33 43 -ten
Talor Gooch 35 40 -5
Harold Varner III 42 44 -2
Patrick Roseau 38 62 -24
Sergio Garcia 54 95 -41
Cameron Tringale 55 64 -9
Marc Leishman 63 68 -5
Richard Bland 66 85 -19
matt jones 68 92 -25
Shaun Norris 69 123 -54
Phil Mickelson 71 166 -95
Sam Horsfield 72 109 -37
Lee Westwood 74 131 -57
Matthew Wolff 77 138 -61
Bubba Watson 86 134 -48
Ian Poulter 89 133 -44
Bernd Wiesberger 90 121 -31
Hudson Swafford 91 116 -25
Anirban Lahiri 91 99 -8
Scott Vincent 109 88 +21
Laurie Canter 114 188 -74
Branden Grace 118 180 -62
Sadom Kaewkanjana 118 102 +16
carlos ortiz 119 204 -85
Charles Schwartzel 120 155 -35
Phachara Khongwatmai 136 167 -31
Sihwan Kim 164 184 -20
Adrian Otaegui 165 98 +67
Pat Perez 168 206 -38
Charles Howell III 171 243 -75
Henrik Stenson 171 187 -16
Hideto Tanihara 173 257 -84
Martin Kaymer 210 429 -219
Wade Ormsby 265 394 -129
Peter Uihlein 311 352 -41
Turkish Small 600 676 -76

And, if the stats weren’t alarming enough for these players, the trend doesn’t look in danger of slowing down anytime soon.

While Greg Norman’s series is seeking accreditation from the OWGR Board, the hurdles couldn’t be greater right now.

Approval can take between one and two years, and even then, LIV’s course size is no larger than 75, LIV golf events are not played over 72 holes, and they do not involve cutting – just a few of the mandatory items the OWGR requires in its rules and regulations.

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Michael C. Ford