Cameron Smith, Australia’s top-ranked golfer, aspires to accumulate adequate ranking points in his domestic tour and upcoming major tournaments to secure a spot in the Paris Olympics next year. Despite slipping to 18th in the rankings after joining the independent LIV Golf circuit, where players cannot accrue ranking points, Smith is determined to qualify for the prestigious event.
Paris qualification allows only the top 60 players, putting Cameron Smith in competition with fellow Australians, including major champions Jason Day and Adam Scott, for coveted spots on Australia’s team.
With the responsibility squarely on Smith to bolster his ranking, he aims to defend his Australian PGA Championship title at the Royal Queensland Golf Club this week. Expressing his strong desire to participate in the Olympics, the former British Open winner acknowledges the existing criteria and expresses uncertainty about potential changes.
“I definitely want to be there, 100%,” Smith stated to reporters on Tuesday.
The golfer, who secured a tie for 10th place at the Tokyo Olympics, looks to accumulate points at the upcoming Australian Open in Sydney. Smith remains optimistic about maintaining his ranking through these events and four more majors, expressing the significance of donning the coat of arms on his chest once again.
The LIV Golf circuit’s attempt to earn ranking points faced unanimous rejection from the Official World Golf Ranking (OWGR) last month, citing concerns about the circuit’s format backed by Saudi Arabia. While LIV players have been allowed to participate in the four majors, there is uncertainty for those with exemptions based on past results, as they do not accrue ranking points.