Johnson falls out of world’s top-50 for first time in 13 years

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Dustin Johnson has fallen out of the world’s top-50 for the first time in some 13 years as LIV Golfers continue to tumble down the OWGR.

Johnson was heralded as the Saudi-backed Tour’s marquee signing prior to LIV’s first event in London last year and while he won’t be losing sleep after falling to 51st in the world charts, it does raise further questions around the relevance of the OWGR.

Not alone in tumbling down the rankings, Australian Cam Smith admitted he felt “hurt” having seen his hopes of reaching world number one end – for now at least – dropping from second to fourth in recent weeks.

Bryson DeChambeau has fallen out of the world’s top-100 altogether since joining LIV with Brooks Koepka in 78th and Bubba Watson in 186th amongst those falling foul of LIV’s failure to secure OWGR points for its 14-event schedule.

Johnson spent 135 weeks atop the game’s rankings, the third longest spell since the OWGR started but he’ll be relying on his Major appearances to make upward moves in 2023.

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