The pair wore Australian colours at the Tokyo Games two years ago, Smith flirting with the podium before finishing four shots off the pace in a tie for 10th.
It’s likely only the top two-ranked Australian men will feature again in Paris next year.
Smith has faded from World No.2 to No.18 after two seasons with LIV Golf, the breakaway three-day tournament series that has repeatedly had its attempts to earn official world rankings points knocked back.
He’s still the country’s top-ranked male but the pack is closing fast.
The rejuvenated Jason Day (No.21) is next while Cameron Davis, Min Woo Lee, Adam Scott and Lucas Herbert are all inside the top-70 and consistently in the mix on the DP and PGA Tours.
Only players inside the world’s top-60 will be eligible for qualification, with some forecasters predicting Smith to dip below that mark before the…