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Cameron Smith joins LIV Golf Series, Marc Leishman, report, video

Golf’s worst-kept secret is expected to be confirmed on Tuesday night, when world No. 2 Cameron Smith’s AU$140 million drop in the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series will be announced.

The 29-year-old is expected to headline the newest addition to the 48-man field when the fourth edition of LIV takes place on Friday at the International Golf Club in Boston. Australian Marc Leishman is expected to join compatriot Smith.

ASydney Morning HeraldThe announcement is expected Tuesday night, reports said.

His defeat would be the biggest defeat for the US PGA Tour, with the Australian taking home the Claret Jug in the final major of the year last month.

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Cameron Smith (R) is expected to join LIV Golf, despite Rory McIlroy “hating” the idea. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Smith had to leave the Old Course before awkwardly answering questions about his future in the game. Smith has faced a lot of scrutiny over his decision to join the Rebels since he was so focused on his future.

Less than 48 hours later, FedEx Cup champion and four-time major winner Rory McIlroy lost his bid to win this year’s Open, Smith said, in a thrilling fourth round at the Northern Irishman’s home of golf. He “hated” what was happening in the game.

“I think if you believe in something, you should speak up, and I believe strongly in this. I certainly do,” McIlroy said of his staunch anti-LIV stance.

“I hate what he does to the golf game. I hate it. I really do. I’m going to go to Wentworth in a couple of weeks to see the 18 there and I’m going to be sick to my stomach. That just doesn’t sit well with me.

“I believe what I’m saying is right, and I think you’ll be happy to stick your neck out on the line when you believe what you’re saying is right.”

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Once considered a competition to fill your bank accounts when you retire from golf, the institution has been shaken in recent months and Smith’s betrayal touches the heart of the game.

At 29, the Australian is coming to the peak of his powers.

It comes less than 24 hours after Joaquin Niemann, 23, joined the LIV Golf Series, which is offering AU36 million in prize purses for each tournament.

The duo and Leishman will join Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Henrik Stenson as major winners to join the financially lucrative LIV Golf Series.

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Smith’s denial is expected to be confirmed Tuesday night.

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