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Cam Smith reveals his primary reasons behind decision to join LIV Golf

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LIV Golf made their monumental signing of Cameron Smith official this morning, which still feels enormous despite how long the rumors have been circulating.

The number two ranked player in the world initially sent shockwaves throughout the golf world when he refused to shoot down rumors of his joining LIV Golf after his victory at the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews.

In an interview with Golf Digest, Smith detailed his reasoning for making the jump to LIV.

The Australian admitted that money was a major factor in his decision process saying,

““[Money] was definitely a factor in making that decision, I won’t ignore that or say that wasn’t a reason,” he said. “It was obviously a business decision for one and an offer I couldn’t ignore.”

Smith has earned $27 million in his eight year career on the PGA TOUR, so the fact that the reported $100 million guaranteed was a motivating influence shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone.

In addition to the massive financial incentive, the 29-year-old spoke about some other factors that impacted his decision, including the ability to spend more time in his native Australia.

“The biggest thing for me joining is [LIV’s] schedule is really appealing,” Smith told Golf Digest. “I’ll be able to spend more time at home in Australia and maybe have an event down there, as well. I haven’t been able to do that, and to get that part of my life back was really appealing.”

Smith had moved to the United States when earning his PGA TOUR card, but is a proud Australian who misses many things about being home.

“I’ve lived over here seven years now, and I love living in the U.S., but just little things like missing friends’ weddings, birthday parties and seeing your mates having a great time at rugby league games has been tough,” he said.

The opportunity to play along Marc Leishman in a LIV event in Australia, who was also announced to be joining LIV Golf today, certainly made things easier for Smith as well.

“I’m sure with Leish and I playing it’ll be appealing for LIV [to take an event there],” Smith said.

Australian Golf Digest reported that there will be a 2023 LIV event in Australia, which Smith would look forward to competing in.

In addition to being able to spend more time at home, the team aspect of LIV was also appealing for the Champion Golfer of the Year.

“For me personally, I love teams golf, and it’s something I wish I could have more often,” Smith said. “I love the four-person teams aspect [of LIV]. Even when you’re out of the tournament, there’s something else to play for.”

Representing his country is of great importance to Smith, and being able to create an Australian team for LIV certainly grabbed his attention.

Smith will be making his LIV Golf debut at The International outside of Boston starting on September 2.

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  1. Bob

    Sep 12, 2022 at 2:33 pm

    Who cares about his reasons? Just another Bonesaw Tour molly.

    Bye Molly.

  2. UCFKyle

    Sep 11, 2022 at 9:46 pm

    I am amazed at how many people support LIV online. They must be trolls or bots as the tournaments are empty and viewership online is VERY low

    • DM0715

      Sep 22, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Tournaments are empty?? I take it you have not watched any of them because that is not even remotely true.

  3. Chuck

    Sep 3, 2022 at 8:12 pm

    There were a number of factors involved in the decision:
    1. The incredible money.
    2. Travel.
    3. Vast financial rewards.
    4. Cash, like you can’t believe.
    5. Guaranteed money.
    6. Playing in Australia. That is, beyond the Australian Open which has always been playable for USPGA Tour players, as It is played in November. Jordan Spieth has won it twice; Jack Nicklaus won it six times. So like maybe one other Australian event.

  4. Don ho

    Sep 1, 2022 at 7:02 pm

    I am with him, tell me any of you out there including these reporter and journalist were offered $50M to write or be a commentator; they would be first on the plane to go and sign up.

    • Chuck

      Sep 4, 2022 at 4:13 pm

      Wait.

      If we did your analogy, and I am getting the $50m offer, let’s really make me Cam Smith. My choice isn’t $50m or nothing; my current position on the PGATour has me making millions in prize money and many, many millions more in endorsement money. I’m already wealthy. And we’ll on my way to becoming one of the handful of the best, and best-compensated pjayers on the PGATour with a good chance of adding more major titles to my Open Championship.

      The LIV offer is lots of money on top of lots of money. LIV also carries with it the real issue that I will be associated with the Saudi regime, the much-loathed Greg Norman, and now the Donald Trump golf club venues.

      I will also be out of the OWGR for the foreseeable future. My Open Championship and my current OWGR will exempt me into some of the majors for some period of time. But my longer-term future is a bet on LIV litigation still to come, with the outcome(s) in much doubt.

      So that’s the fuller analogy with Cam Smith. There’s the money, for sure, but there’s more than that. There’s lots of money in any event for Cam Smith. There may be more with LIV; there may be guarantees with LIV. There are also some weird and bad issues with LIV.

  5. Big Guy

    Aug 31, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Awesome signing!

    Cam Smith succeeded ON the PGAT not BECAUSE of the PGAT.

    Anyone who says LIV is not growing the game hasn’t reflected on what the PGAT has done to the international tours. Can’t wait to see some quality golfers in Australia, South America, South Africa, Asia.

  6. geohogan

    Aug 31, 2022 at 2:01 pm

    Too bad for golf. Smith is a player who could have written
    golf history. Now he is relegated to “corporate” no cut, 54 hole, golf tour

    Meaningless events to entertain a few hundred spectators at a time,
    until The End.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CIrvSJwwJUE

    • Mr. T

      Sep 3, 2022 at 9:20 pm

      He just made golf history foool.

    • senior sweats a lot

      Sep 12, 2022 at 11:55 am

      wow i knew you were stupid geohogan, but i didnt know you were this stupid.

      if liv is “corporate” then what is the PGA?

      also, do you even have a brain? even semi functioning?

  7. Super Male Fatality

    Aug 31, 2022 at 1:03 pm

    Slam Cam Smith..
    Harold Varner – great job!!

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  9. Joe

    Aug 30, 2022 at 2:23 pm

    At least he didn’t lie to our faces like the rest of those clowns and tell us it’s an opportunity to “grow the game”. I can at least respect that.

    • CG

      Aug 30, 2022 at 6:30 pm

      However it does grow the game. Grow up you little malcontent.

      • TDBach

        Aug 31, 2022 at 1:05 pm

        Yeah, sure, it grows the game. Like Tony Soprano having a trash business grows recycling.

  10. Harold

    Aug 30, 2022 at 1:36 pm

    I would do the same, I feel like if you were a Tringale or Varner III type player (middle of pack) then the LIV is def the way to go

  11. Al

    Aug 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm

    Plenty of people still criticize LeBron & China, you living under a rock?

  12. Mike

    Aug 30, 2022 at 11:57 am

    Good for him. If that works best for him and his family, who among us would not make the same decision.

    Please, no self-righteous BS about the salaries. You buying their gas & I don’t hear anything about LeBron & the NBA being in bed with China.

    • Al

      Aug 30, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Plenty of people still criticize LeBron & China, you living under a rock?

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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Golf Channel analyst roasts Patrick Reed during Presidents Cup coverage

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The Presidents Cup gets underway today, with the U.S expected to dominate an International side heavily depleted due to LIV Golf defections.

A mainstay in the U.S. side in both the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, Patrick Reed is another who misses out, but it hasn’t stopped Rich Lerner of Golf Channel from taking a swipe at the divisive Texan during coverage this week.

While showing a highlight of Jordan Spieth and Patrick Reed celebrating after a Ryder Cup match victory, Lerner weighed in cheekily saying:

“Once known as ‘Captain America’, Reed is now paid by the Saudis to play golf.”

One commenter piled on, tweeting that Lerner should be careful of a lawsuit, referring to Reed’s defamation suit against Brandel Chamblee and the Golf Channel.

Reed is currently in action this week at the Open De France at Le Golf National.

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