LIV Golf returns to competition this week still without acceptance into the Official World Golf Ranking system, and the numbers keep falling. If it ever does get ranking points for its 54-hole events with a 48-man league, the climb back keeps getting taller.
The latest example is Brooks Koepka, a four-time major champion who fell outside the top 100 in the world for the first time since October 2013. Since joining LIV, Koepka has played in three OWGR events — he missed the cut at the British Open and an Asian Tour stop in Oman, and he tied for 46th in the Saudi International.
Going into this week’s Arizona tournament, LIV Golf has one player from the top 25 (Cameron Smith at No. 5), six in the top 50 and 17 from the top 100. Six of those players are at No. 75 and lower.
Paul Casey is No. 94 and certain to be out of the top 100 before long. That’s relevant because the PGA Championship in May has a category for players from the previous Ryder Cup team provided they remain in the top 100 in the world.