With no Official Golf World Ranking points available for the breakaway series, George Cooper keeps you up to speed the defectors' backwards progress

With the LIV Golf world rankings debacle causing havoc within the breakaway league, we track just how far has defector fallen in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

LIV Golf world rankings

While the growing list of players defecting to LIV Golf continues to produce an endless amount of controversy, backlash, and legal conflict over their future endeavours, one of the biggest issues facing the league’s rebels is their plummeting positions in the OWGR.

At it stands, the Greg Norman-led series has not received OWGR accreditation, meaning players have been unable to collect world ranking points for playing in the LIV Golf invitational events.

Couple this with the PGA Tour indefinitely banning LIV’s rebels from returning to their circuit (for now), and we’ve already seen the defectors begin to plummet in the OWGR.

But just how far are we talking? Well, here’s a table showing where LIV’s stars ranked prior joining the breakaway series, and where they sit today…

OWGR of LIV Golf players

PlayerPre-LIV rankingCurrent rankingDifference
Cameron Smith24-2
Dustin Johnson1344-31
Brooks Koepka1960-41
Joaquin Niemann1922-3
Louis Oosthuizen2057-37
Abraham Ancer2034-14
Paul Casey2772-45
Bryson DeChambeau2988-59
Jason Kokrak3253-21
Kevin Na3354-21
Talor Gooch3542-7
Harold Varner III4246-4
Patrick Reed3890-52
Sergio Garcia54124-70
Cameron Tringale5579-24
Marc Leishman6386-23
Richard Bland6694-28
Matt Jones68116-48
Shaun Norris69130-61
Phil Mickelson71239-168
Sam Horsfield72117-45
Lee Westwood74184-110
Matthew Wolff77166-90
Bubba Watson86161-75
Ian Poulter89164-75
Bernd Wiesberger90138-48
Hudson Swafford91119-28
Anirban Lahiri9196-5
Scott Vincent10995+14
Laurie Canter114170-56
Branden Grace118197-79
Sadom Kaewkanjana118106+12
Carlos Ortiz119236-117
Charl Schwartzel120174-54
Phachara Khongwatmai136176-40
Sihwan Kim1641201-37
Adrian Otaegui16576+89
Pat Perez168218-50
Charles Howell III171272-104
Henrik Stenson171190-19
Hideto Tanihara173225-52
Martin Kaymer210509-299
Wade Ormsby265433-166
Peter Uihlein311391-80
Turk Pettit600705-105

LIV Golf world rankings

And, if the stats were’t alarming enough for these players, the trend appears in no danger of slowing down soon.

While Greg Norman’s series is undergoing an application to obtain accreditation from the OWGR board, the hurdles couldn’t be greater at this moment in time.

Approval can take anything between one and two years, and even then, LIV’s field size is not greater than 75, LIV Golf events are not contested over 72 holes, and they do not involve a cut – just a few of the compulsory elements the OWGR requires in its rules and regulations.

George Cooper

A golf fanatic his entire life, George Cooper is NCG's man for all goings-on at the top level of the game, whether it's the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA or LIV Golf. He also looks after NCG's Twitter and Facebook accounts. George is a member of Woburn, but is not friends with Ian Poulter.

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