Australian primary Cameron Smith hopes to earn sufficient rating points on his residence tour and in subsequent 12 months’s majors to qualify for one other Olympics at Paris subsequent 12 months.
The previous world quantity two has slipped to 18th since becoming a member of the breakaway LIV Golf circuit the place gamers are unable to earn rating points.
Solely the highest 60 are eligible to qualify for Paris, whereas Smith additionally faces competitors for spots on Australia’s crew from compatriots together with main winners Jason Day and Adam Scott.
That has put the onus on Smith to mount a robust defence of his Australian PGA Championship title this week on the Royal Queensland Golf Membership to shore up his rating.
“Yeah I undoubtedly need to be there, 100%,” the previous British Open winner instructed reporters of the Olympics on Tuesday.
“I do know the standards, don’t know if that may change.”
Smith, who completed in a tie for tenth on the Tokyo Olympics, will even find a way to earn points on the Australian Open in Sydney subsequent week.
“I’ve acquired these couple of occasions and 4 extra appears to be like once more within the majors, so hopefully I can maintain that rating up,” added Smith.
“To put on the coat of arms on the chest once more could be fairly particular.”
LIV’s bid to have its gamers earn rating points was unanimously rejected final month by the Official World Golf Rating (OWGR) due to issues in regards to the Saudi Arabia-backed circuit’s format.
Whereas the 4 majors have allowed LIV gamers to compete, those that earned exemptions into them due to previous outcomes may in the future be left out as they don’t seem to be incomes rating points.