Cameron Smith has admitted he’s at a “disadvantage” compared to his compatriots in the race to book an Olympics berth he “desperately” craves.
Smith’s world ranking continues to slide as the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) continues to renounce LIV as a bona fide professional league.
Generally speaking, each nation is allowed only two players for Olympic representation, although the USA could have as many as four given eight of the top-15 ranked men are American.
Smith became the top-ranked Aussie man following the 2021 Masters, a mantle he held until only last December when Jason Day finally usurped him.
Smith and Marc Leishman, who are now teammates on the all-Australian LIV team Ripper GC, were the two Aussie representatives in Tokyo.
Smith is still Australia’s No.2, although he is at serious risk of being pipped by Min Woo Lee before the June 17 deadline.
Depending how well Adam Scott and Cameron Davis play before then, they may both also leapfrog Smith.
However, the 2022 British Open champion does still have three majors – The Masters, the PGA Championship, and the US Open to score rankings points and boost his chances of competing in his second-successive Olympics.