Cameron Smith has admitted “it hurts” that he can‘t be world No.1 having bought so shut earlier than his LIV transfer.
However the Aussie has declared the world rankings shall be ”out of date” if factors aren’t awarded to LIV occasions, with a slew of the world’s finest gamers now a part of Greg Norman’s billion-dollar breakaway.
Smith climbed to a career-high rating of No.2 in 2022, a 12 months by which he received 5 occasions and claimed each the British Open and The Gamers Championship.
He has solely dropped to No.4 since becoming a member of LIV after his triumph at St Andrews, however different LIV gamers have had larger slips, with Dustin Johnson, arguably a top-10 participant, ranked 41.
Smith is the one LIV participant contained in the world high 35.
A petition put ahead by Norman and LIV to have their occasions, that are 54-hole, no-cut tournaments and don’t qualify for world rating factors, included within the rankings has but to be answered.
Smith stated he was coming to grips with lacking out on a serious profession purpose however declared the rankings could be “out of date” in the event that they didn’t catch as much as golf’s new world order.
“I’ve tried to take it not that badly, to be trustworthy. I feel once you rock as much as a match, you realize who it’s a must to beat, whether or not there’s a world rating or not,” he stated in Saudi Arabia the place he’ll begin his 2023 season.
“There’s usually seven or eight guys which can be in that area that you realize are going to place up a fairly good battle.
“For certain it hurts. I really feel as if I used to be actually near attending to No. 1, and that was undoubtedly one thing I needed to tick off.
“However type of the longer that these items goes on, I feel the extra out of date these rankings turn out to be. That’s simply the lengthy and wanting it, I feel.
“Do we’d like them? It could be good, however like I stated, you realize who you’ve bought to beat once you get on the golf course.”
However whereas Smith can’t be world No.1 the opposite facet of being a LIV participant has began to devour his life.
Smith has taken cost of the all-Australian crew, which can have a reputation change for 2023 and also will get to play a LIV occasion in Adelaide in April.
“I assume it’s been an low season for golf however type of appeared like I used to be on the telephone every single day speaking about one thing to do with the crew, so it’s been actually thrilling,” he stated.
“It‘s for certain been just a little bit completely different and one thing that I’m not likely used to, however I really feel as if the longer it progresses, the extra I’m getting used to it.
“I can’t look forward to us to start out up in Mexico. I feel we’ll have a fantastic 12 months, and for certain trying ahead to that occasion in Adelaide. I feel it’ll be a ripping match.”