New Open Champ Cam Smith reportedly set to turn his back on PGA Tour and join LIV Golf

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Cameron Smith of Australia celebrates with The Claret Jug on the 18th green during Day Four of The 150th Open at St Andrews Old Course on July 17, 2022 in St Andrews, Scotland. (Photo by Oisin Keniry/R&A/R&A via Getty Images)

Moments after being handed the gleaming Claret Jug and we learn of the possibility Aussie Cameron Smith will headline six new additions to the ranks of LIV Golf.

Smith, 28, became the first Australian since 1993 when now LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman won at Royal St. George’s to win the Open Championship, in brilliantly posting a closing round 64 and win by a single shot amid crazy spectator scenes down the final hole of the famed Old Course at St. Andrews.

Smith had been asked in his formal 150th Open victory conference regarding rumours he was joining LIV Golf but fended-off the question from the Press Association saying: “I just won the British Open, and you’re asking about that. I think that’s pretty not good”.

However, the same Press Association correspondent was typing a story that is set to again rattle the professional golfing establishment even more on Tuesday.

Smith will reportedly top the news to be announced by LIV Golf of six new signings and other names being linked in the same breath are fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, double Masters winning Bubba Watson and also 2023 European Ryder Cup captain, Henrik Stenson, with Stenson’s signing no doubt set to see him stripped of the European Team captaincy.

News of this latest batch of LIV Golf ‘signings’ has been rumoured by the majority of mainstream golfing media reporting on Smith’s major championship success at the Home of Golf, while word of the Aussie golfer’s alleged move to LIV Golf was made by sources close to the LIV Golf and Saudi Golf Federation.

Smith’s victory at the Home of Golf, in a season in which he captured the Players Championship, comes in the 150th hosting of The Open and it coincides with fellow Aussie Ken Nagle capturing the 100th anniversary Open at the Home of Golf in 1960.

A great tale from that Open won by Nagle, and relegating Arnold Palmer to second, is that the Sydneyside was required to wear a jacket to the prize presentation. However, Nagle did not own a jacket so he borrowed fellow Aussie-bor Open Champion Peter Thomson’s jacket.

Nagle was handed a cheque for £1,250 and in handing the jacket back to Thomson left the cheque in the coat pocket. It prompted Thomson, who captured five Open’s, to remark: “Clearly, Kel did not need the money”.

In contrast to Nagle, Smith pocketed a cheque for $2.5m plus whatever LIV golf have likely promised for the new Champion Golfer to sign.

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  1. Kathi Morgan avatar
    Kathi Morgan

    Im heart broken hes going to the LIV. I would never have thought he would do this knowing his sweet laid back personality. I dont like that greg norman is using his aussie pull over these young Australian players. Cam is too good to go over to that league. He has too much to offer to lesson his value by changing to LIV. Im sure greg is guilting him into joining. Its so wrong of greg norman.

    1. Bg avatar
      Bg

      Why do you care? How does it affect your life?

    2. tehuti avatar
      tehuti

      His name has been mentioned for weeks now. So I am not surprised at all.

    3. John Erichsen avatar
      John Erichsen

      Cameron is a grown up and will make the choice that’s best for him. It’s pathetic to blame Norman. Maybe like 50 or so other golfers he doesn’t want to be bound to the control of the PGA Tour. A 44 week season and only 3 releases to play elsewhere on any of those 44 weeks isn’t an attraction to quite a few players. Cam’s value is assured and certainly not lessened by joining LIV. In fact his value has now greatly lifted LIV Golf’s place in the market. Reigning Open Championship on the LIV tour… Wow!

      1. C Ralph avatar
        C Ralph

        No one on the PGA is required to play 44 weeks of the year. Just look at the number of events played by these players and you’ll see that it’s closer to 20 – which is far less than players on the NBA, NFL, MLB etc. It’s a bullocks argument. So far this year, Cam has played in 15 events. Mickelson has played in 4 PGA events, plus the US Open and Open.

    4. John avatar
      John

      Lol he’s a grown ass man that can make his own decisions

    5. Jackie avatar
      Jackie

      The players are independent contractors and they should be able to play where they want. If you were told you had to
      Stay at your job and couldn’t go anywhere else you wouldn’t like it. The tour will eventually have no choice but allow players to play where they want. Adam Scott and Hideki Matsuyama and others are another two players going to LIV. We love Cameron smith, we wish him the best.

  2. Marty Clark avatar
    Marty Clark

    I think it’s great for golf , liv Golf is exciting different format , sometimes golf tournaments can be boring so it’s good to have something new and fresh to watch , and a pro golfer should be able to play any tour they want

  3. Where is the honour avatar
    Where is the honour

    No promotions, no relegations. Sounds like something else that failed. (Super football trying to hijack all the goodies)

    Players themselves will nosedive. No pressure, no cuts, no relegation.all too cushy. Stand
    None of them can say they stood up like Hogan and be heroes.
    From now on How can young journeymen golfers get promotion. And these allicadoos taking up their spaces in smaller tournaments.
    Please all look at the bigger picture

  4. Mike avatar
    Mike

    Don’t really have a comment on the players staying or leaving the PGA. Do have a question about the PGA as I understand being a corporation that runs to make a profit. How much $ has the PGA made off of the players, with merchandizing , sponsorship and whatever else they sell. Now we should also compare that to what they put back into golf. I think it would be interesting to see full disclosure .

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