An eventful week for Australian golfer Cameron Smith has been capped by news that he’s to miss this week’s BMW Championship.
The world number 2 has opted out of the second FedEx Cup Play-Off event in a bid to rest up ahead of mounting an assault on the Tour Championship where he’ll also aim to become the number one golfer in the world.
“Unfortunately, Cam will be unable to compete in the BMW Championship this week in Wilmington DE,” said Smith’s agent, Bud Martin.
“He had been dealing with some on and off hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedEx Cup.”
A hectic few days last week kicked off for Smith courtesy of compatriot Cameron Percy who claimed the Australian was gone to LIV Golf, already signed up to the Saudi-backed league alongside fellow Aussie Marc Leishman.
Smith is expected to announce a $140m move after competing for the international side at the President’s Cup but denied reports of his transfer prior to last week’s St. Jude Classic.
“If there’s something I need to say regarding the PGA Tour or LIV, it will come from Cameron Smith, not Cameron Percy,” Smith told reporters. “I’m a man of my word and whenever you guys need to know anything, it’ll be said by me.”
From there it was a case of “no comment” for Smith any time the LIV question raised its head with Scottie Scheffler seemingly taking umbrage with his rival’s position, walking across Smith’s line on the 12th hole on the opening day of the tournament.
Smith clearly felt put out, staring bewildered as Scheffler steamed on but that was just the start of a confusion filled tournament for the 28-year old who looked to have played his way into contention ahead of the final round on Sunday.
Two shots back entering the last day, Smith was adjudged to have taken an illegal drop some 24 hours later and paid a two shot penalty for not taking full relief prior to his final round. He eventually finished tied-13th.
Smith is expected to tee-up at next week’s Tour Championship in Atlanta where the winner of the FedEx Cup will take home $18million.
The week of the President’s Cup begins on Monday, September 19 while the next LIV Golf event tees off in Boston from September 2-4.