British Open champion Cameron Smith joined LIV Golf on Wednesday saying he felt it was unfair that he was not getting world class points and hoped that would change before the end of golf’s four major tournaments.
World No. 2 Smith, whose move to LIV Golf was announced this week following his one-shot win at last month’s British Open, is exempt from golf’s four majors for at least the next five years.
The majors haven’t changed their eligibility rules, but the 29-year-old Smith could still find himself on the outside one day because, for now, he can no longer earn world-class points.
“It’s really embarrassing,” Smith said before making his debut this week at LIV Golf outside Boston.
“It’s probably a bit unfair to play 48 of the best guys around the world and not get world class points.
“It’s still very competitive here. I think it’s a little unfair.”
While LIV Golf can keep players away from the PGA Tour for a staggering amount of money, the financial windfall could still cost those who want to compete in the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and British Open.
LIV Golf’s application to the Official World Golf Ranking Board — comprised of representatives from the PGA Tour, DP World Tour, USGA, R&A, PGA of America and Augusta National — is under review.
“Hopefully, these world rankings will sort themselves out before my exemption ends,” Smith said.
“For fans of major championship golf, it might be a little unfair on them. I think the majors are about getting the best guys in the best fields at the best golf courses. Hopefully we can sort that out.”
Smith, who started talking to LIV Golf before winning the British Open, has heard criticism of his decision but has no regrets despite being banned from the PGA Tour when he played at The International on Friday.
“This is a new chapter in my life. I think this is the future of golf. I love how it is here,” Smith said.
“It’s a little more laid back on the range, playing the music. I love that stuff. I play with music at home and yeah, I can’t wait to be a part of it.”