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

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 Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).

At it stands, LIV has not received OWGR accreditation, meaning its players have been unable to collect ranking points for playing in the league’s 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.

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 Smith23-1
Dustin Johnson1323-10
Brooks Koepka1927-8
Joaquin Niemann1920-1
Louis Oosthuizen2033-13
Abraham Ancer2024-4
Paul Casey2734-7
Bryson DeChambeau2943-14
Jason Kokrak3242-10
Kevin Na3331+2
Talor Gooch35350
Harold Varner III4244-2
Patrick Reed3850-12
Sergio Garcia5477-23
Cameron Tringale5556-1
Matthew Wolff77104-27
Richard Bland6677-11
Matt Jones6887-19
Shaun Norris6993-24
Phil Mickelson71120-49
Sam Horsfield7288-16
Lee Westwood7496-22
Bubba Watson86100-14
Ian Poulter89121-32
Bernd Wiesberger90111-21
Hudson Swafford91106-15
Scott Vincent10979+30
Laurie Canter114144-30
Branden Grace118155-37
Charl Schwartzel120128-8
Pat Perez168197-29
Henrik Stenson171184-13
Martin Kaymer210355-145

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 OWGR accreditation, 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, its 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.

NCG Top 100s Call to Action

Subscribe to NCG

2023 NCG Top 100s Tour Spring events now on sale!


Subscribe to NCG