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Greg Norman could make Adam Scott, Marc Leishman and Open champion quit

Veteran sports journalist Robert ‘Crash’ Craddock has warned that Australia’s biggest male golf stars could quit the PGA Tour en masse because of Greg Norman’s “tremendous pulling power”.

Speaking Back pageCraddock warned LIV Golf boss Norman is a big influence for his country on the tour, which they are considering betraying.

Among them is reigning champion Cameron Smith, who on Monday (AEST) denied claims he was in talks with the Saudi-backed circuit.

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According to reports, Smith, the new world No. 2, could pay $130 million to join LIV Golf.

Meanwhile, Smith’s teammates Adam Scott and Marc Leishman are said to be on Norman’s radar, as he looks to make the All-Australian squad. Although no concrete offer has been made, Leishman can confirm he has been in talks with LIV Golf ahead of this year’s Open Championship.

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Scott indicated earlier this year that he was interested in joining the lucrative world tour due to a shorter schedule.

Craddock said on the show that the three would likely follow each other in any decision.

“Smith is very close to Marc Leishman and Adam Scott, and now I have this feeling that it’s going to be all three or all three will be out,” Craddock said.

Speaking about his relationship with LIV Golf, Smith said Craddock Norman should not be underestimated given his stature in Australian golf.

“I have to admit, I was shocked. I thought he would stick with the traditional circuit, but I will say this; Don’t underestimate Greg Norman’s relationship with the Australian golfing fraternity,” said Craddock.

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Because when these people were kids and just starting out—here’s Norman’s scary place—he would call them when they got into America and say, ‘How can I help him? Are you living?’ That registers with children.

“These are 10 years of friendship and it means a lot to them. Therefore, it has an amazing power of attraction.

Of Smith, he added, “an insignificant boy from Wantima has suddenly become a key figure in the balance of power in the world’s biggest sports.”

according to Telegraph SportsSmith is committed to the rest of the PGA season, but may jump ship after that.

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