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.

As 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 to joining the breakaway series, and where they sit today…

OWGR of LIV Golf players

PlayerPre-LIV rankingCurrent rankingDifference
Cameron Smith28-6
Dustin Johnson1382-69
Brooks Koepka1913-4
Joaquin Niemann1930-11
Louis Oosthuizen20202-182
Abraham Ancer2046-26
Paul Casey27144-117
Bryson DeChambeau2990-61
Jason Kokrak32128-96
Kevin Na33133-100
Talor Gooch3567-32
Harold Varner III4264-22
Patrick Reed3844-6
Sergio Garcia54106-152
Cameron Tringale55110-55
Marc Leishman63138-75
Richard Bland66141-75
Matt Jones68170-102
Shaun Norris69233-19
Phil Mickelson7179-8
Sam Horsfield72186-114
Lee Westwood74337-263
Matthew Wolff77249-172
Bubba Watson86282-196
Ian Poulter89217-128
Bernd Wiesberger90219-129
Hudson Swafford91201-110
Anirban Lahiri91104-13
Scott Vincent109125-16
Laurie Canter114244-130
Branden Grace118305-187
Sadom Kaewkanjana11897+21
Carlos Ortiz119355-236
Charl Schwartzel120246-126
Phachara Khongwatmai136195-59
Sihwan Kim164221-57
Adrian Otaegui16596+69
Pat Perez168313-145
Charles Howell III171379-208
Henrik Stenson171210-39
Hideto Tanihara173256-83
Martin Kaymer210891-681
Wade Ormsby265365-100
Peter Uihlein311484-173
Turk Pettit600834-234
Thomas Pieters3553-18
Danny Lee267275-8
Brendan Steele118143-25
Dean Burmester5983-24
Mito Pereira4650-4
Sebastian Munoz93115-22

LIV Golf world rankings

And, if the stats weren’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.

At the end of the LIV Golf League 2023 season, the LIV Promotions Event will take place which takes a Q-school-type form to allow a pathway for external players to join the league.

Four players at the bottom of the LIV Golf individual leaderboard will be relegated and four spots will be up for grabs in the 2024 season.

Matt Chivers

Tour Editor

Matt is NCG's man for all things going on in the world of tour golf. Kent born and bred, Matt is 7 handicap at Royal Cinque Ports and spent many years caddying at Royal St George's before moving north to study history at the University of Liverpool. Away from golf, Matt is an avid Arsenal fan and horse racing enthusiast. He is also keen to point out his surname is pronounced Chiv-ers, not Chive-ers. Matt is currently playing: Driver: Cobra LTDx LS, 3-wood: Cobra LTDx, Utility: TaylorMade 4 DHY, Irons: Ping G10 4-PW, Ping Glide 4.0 (50,54,58), Putter: TaylorMade Spider GTX

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