Cameron Smith has revealed his heartache at not being able to challenge for Rory McIlroy's World No.1 ranking following his big-money move to LIV Golf last season.
Smith, speaking ahead of this week's LIV Golf-backed Saudi International on the Asian Tour, believes the current Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) system is "obsolete".
This is seemingly a general feeling from many of the best players in the world right now, especially PGA Tour star Jon Rahm, who recently labelled the OWGR as a "joke".
Smith has not fallen quite so rapidly down the ladder as some of his LIV Golf peers such as Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Patrick Reed and Bryson DeChambeau, who are now all outside the the top 40 in the world, but he has still slipped back nonetheless.
The reigning Open champion knows it's a matter of time until he's out of the world's top 10 given LIV Golf remains shut out of receiving any world ranking points as a result of its 54-hole, no-cut format.
Smith got close to chasing down Scottie Scheffler for the World No.1 position after etching his name on the Claret Jug for the first time in July 2022, but he then moved to LIV Golf to eradicate all hope of achieving one of his career goals.
He was second in the world when he moved to LIV Golf, and he now looks on from fourth as he begins his 2023 campaign.
McIlroy then ousted Scheffler as World No.1 in October 2022 when successfully defending the CJ Cup on the PGA Tour.
While few can deny McIlroy deserves his place at the top of world order right now, Smith believes the OWGR is very much now out of date.
The current OWGR system might be a 'PUNCH' in the gut for Smith, but he is at least looking forward to getting his year off to a start in Saudi Arabia this week at the Saudi International, an event which is heavily backed by LIV Golf on the Asian Tour.
Smith's all-Australian team is also set to have a name change ahead of the first LIV Golf League event in Mexico in two weeks time, something he has been excited to work on over the Christmas break.
He's also buzzing to compete in front of his adoring home fans at LIV Golf Adelaide, which takes place two weeks after The Masters from April 24 to 26.
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