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How far have the LIV golfers fallen in the world rankings?

With no Official Golf World Ranking points available for the breakaway series, Matt Chivers keeps you up to speed the defectors’ backwards progress

 

With the LIV Golf world golf rankings points debacle causing havoc within the breakaway league, we track just how far each defector has 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, one of the biggest issues facing the league’s rebels is their plummeting positions in the OWGR.

The top 50 players in the world are able to reap many benefits, including exemptions to major championships. It is crucial for players to receive OWGR points with the majors at the heart of the sport.

‘Does LIV Golf have world rankings yet?’ I hear you ask.

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.

On Tuesday, October 10, the OWGR announced that LIV Golf’s application to gain world ranking legitimacy had been rejected.

The OWGR board detailed the modifications that LIV Golf must make to have a chance of a successful re-application.

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 (As of July 23)


PlayerPre-LIV rankingCurrent rankingDifference
Cameron Smith280-78
Jon Rahm310-7
Dustin Johnson13349-336
Brooks Koepka1954-35
Joaquin Niemann19110-91
Louis Oosthuizen20161-141
Abraham Ancer20345-325
Paul Casey27681-654
Bryson DeChambeau299+20
Jason Kokrak32742-710
Kevin Na332855-2822
Talor Gooch35775-740
Harold Varner III42728-686
Patrick Reed38111-73
Sergio Garcia54328-274
Cameron Tringale552454-2399
Marc Leishman63667-604
Richard Bland66703-637
Matt Jones68628-560
Graeme McDowell374938-564
Phil Mickelson71210-139
Sam Horsfield721482-1410
Lee Westwood741683-1609
Matthew Wolff77977-900
Bubba Watson864564-4478
Ian Poulter89640-551
Hudson Swafford911674-1583
Anirban Lahiri91617-526
Scott Vincent109623-514
Brendan Steele1221109-987
Branden Grace118943-825
Thomas Pieters40314-274
Carlos Ortiz119268-149
Charl Schwartzel120539-419
Chase Koepka13011888-587
Pat Perez1681280-1112
Charles Howell III171Unranked
Henrik Stenson171476-305
Danny Lee2671105-838
Martin Kaymer2101005-795
Mito Pereira46320-274
Peter Uihlein311511-200
Sebastian Munoz931002-909
Dean Burmester83104-21
Eugenio Chacarra3124445+2679
Jediah Morgan239970-731
James Piot17511047+704
David Puig1835129+1706
LIV Golf world rankings

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Matt Chivers

Matt Chivers

Now on the wrong side of 25, Matt has been playing golf since the age of 13 and was largely inspired to take up the game by countless family members who played golf during his childhood.

Matt is a member at Royal Cinque Ports in Deal playing off a 5 handicap, just a pitching wedge away from his hometown of Dover where he went to school and grew up. He has previously been a member at Etchinghill and Walmer and Kingsdown in Kent.

Having studied history at the University of Liverpool, Matt went on to pass his NCTJ Exams in Manchester a year later to fulfil his lifelong ambition of becoming a journalist. He picked up work experience along the way at places such as the Racing Post, the Independent, Sportsbeat and the Lancashire Evening Post.

Matt joined NCG in February 2023 and is the website’s main source of tour news, features and opinion. He has reported live from events such as The Open, the Ryder Cup and The Players Championship, having also interviewed and spoken to the likes of Rory McIlroy, Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Graeme McDowell, Henrik Stenson, to name just a few.

Consuming tour golf on what is a 24/7 basis, you can come to Matt for informed views on the game and the latest updates on the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, LPGA Tour, Ladies European Tour and LIV Golf.

What’s in Matt’s bag: Cobra LTDx LS driver, Cobra LTDx 3-wood, TaylorMade P7MC irons, Ping Glide 4.0 wedges, Odyssey putter.

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