Smith already # 6 in the world could climb significantly higher – photo USGA
Cameron Smith stands an outside chance of graduating to the top of the world ranking should he win the Masters tomorrow and if the current leader of the event, Scottie Scheffler, was to finish lower than tied for third.
The chances of Scheffler slipping that far appear remote however given his current form but even if Smith was to overcome the three-shot lead Scheffler has on him with one round to play and win his first major title and Scheffler finish second or third then the Queenslander would move to number two in the world ranking.
According to advice from the world ranking organisation the following is possible tomorrow.
“If any current World Top 5 player wins the 2022 Masters Tournament at Augusta National Golf Club this week a place at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking will be guaranteed as a result.
World Number 6 Cameron Smith also has a chance to become World Number One with victory provided Scottie Scheffler finishes lower than tied 3rd with 1 other player and Jon Rahm doesn’t finish 2nd alone.”
As is the case with Scheffler, such a jump in standings is remarkable given that Scheffler was ranked 12th at the end of 2021 and Smith 21st.
Both have recorded remarkable seasons already in 2022 but a win by either tomorrow would not only add a first major title to stunning resumes but a cheque for US$2.7 million.