Shortly after Cameron Smith won the Open Championship, his name was linked with Saudi-backed rival tour LIV Golf – he admits.
Talk of the Australian sensational jump ship after his maiden major victory amid reports that Smith will officially join the Rebels’ tour within days.
Irish golfer Smith has revealed he will soon headline a host of new signings, with fellow Australian Marc Leishman, two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, Tommy Fleetwood and Henrik Stenson reportedly joining.
Smith won the Claret Jug at St Andrews on Monday morning and was all smiles during his post-match press conference until a local reporter asked him about the rumours.
Speaking this week, the reporter said Smith’s name had come up as a potential player for the Rebels’ tour ahead of compatriot Greg Norman.
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An angry Smith initially tried to deflect the question: “I just won the British Open and you’re asking about it.” I think, that’s pretty, not good. “
Pressed further, Smith did not deny that the team was in talks with LIV Golf.
“I don’t know, my friend. My team around me cares about all these things. I’m here to win golf tournaments.
telegraphNorman is understood to want to form an all-Australian LIV golf team led by Smith and Adam Scott.
There were no further questions about LIV Golf at the time of the press conference, and Smith will rightly get the chance to take credit for his impressive comeback win at St Andrews.
However, there will come a time when he needs to clarify his position on LIV Golf.
If Smith were to sign, he would surpass world No. 18 Dustin Johnson as the tour’s top-ranked recruit.
But he won’t earn world-class points in LIV golf tournaments and will be on uncertain ground next year as he competes in major tournaments.