It was an emotional homecoming for LIV Golf superstar Smith last week at Royal Queensland.
He was playing in front of a boisterous home crowd who hadn't seen him compete in the flesh for more than three years.
During that time away Smith established himself as a superstar on the PGA Tour, setting scoring records and winning the Players at TPC Sawgrass after an epic finish that included almost finding the water and finding the water on the final two holes.
Smith also won the landmark 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews in July as Rory McIlroy struggled to tick off the birdies he so desperately needed.
After Smith's Open triumph he joined the LIV Golf League for a reported $140m. He won LIV's Invitational in Chicago, taking down $4m.
His victory in Brisbane last week was his fifth individual title of 2022. It's impressive stuff, yet he hasn't moved an inch in the Official World Golf Ranking.
The aforementioned McIlroy has offered his thoughts on the world ranking debacle, claiming he believes the system is fair.
Smith was almost reduced to tears as he dedicated his three-shot victory to his grandmother Carol, who is battling cancer.
Now he has given an interview to The West Australian, where he admitted surprise that "somehow" he's still No. 3 in the world.
He told the publication:
The world ranking debate has become increasingly bitter in recent months. What happens from here remains to be seen.
DP World Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said in Dubai earlier in the month they would be presenting both of McIlroy and Rahm's views to the next OWGR board meeting.
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