October 6, 2022

LIV Golf has made its greatest signing up to now with British Open champion Cameron Smith pocketing $100million (£83m) as the most recent star title to defect from the PGA Tour.

Smith, the present world No 2, has signed up alongside fellow Australian Marc Leishman, simply days earlier than LIV Golf’s upcoming occasion in Boston this week. 

Smith, who received The Open final month, has been the topic of rumours about leaping to the upstart tour for weeks has now lastly been introduced.  He additionally received The Gamers Championship in March. 

Free-spending LIV Golf has already introduced in a number of big-name gamers, together with Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka, Phil Mickelson, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Patrick Reed and Dustin Johnson.

The most recent defection over to LIV Golf is ready to have main repercussions on the Presidents Cup. 

Smith and Leishman would possible not be allowed to play on the Worldwide crew in opposition to the US within the Presidents Cup in North Carolina in late September because the PGA Tour has already suspended defectors. 

Leishman has joined his compatriot in teaming up with the Saudi-backed breakaway

Australian duo Cameron Smith (left) and Marc Leishman (proper) have signed up for LIV Golf

Smith has been tight lipped publicly amid weeks of rumours previous to this announcement and he once more declined to remark after finishing his third spherical within the PGA Tour’s season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta on Saturday. 

The subsequent LIV Golf occasion – the fourth of eight on its schedule in 2022 – is The Worldwide in Boston from September 2-4. 

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When information first emerged that Smith could be defecting to the Saudi-backed breakaway collection, the world of golf was surprised and dismayed.

The 29-year-old Queenslander had a dialog with Rory McIlroy, who tried to ‘inform’ Smith about what he could be quitting if he left the PGA Tour, however to no avail. 

Smith is the reigning British Open champion as he poses with the Claret Jug last month

 Smith is the reigning British Open champion as he poses with the Claret Jug final month

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has banned rebels as soon as they play first LIV event

PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan has banned rebels as quickly as they play first LIV occasion

In disclosing his name to Smith, McIlroy mentioned: ‘I had a dialog with Cameron Smith two days after the Open, and firstly, I needed to congratulate him. 

‘Guys which are considering a method or one other, actually I don’t care in the event that they go away or not – it’s not going to make a distinction to me. 

‘However I might a minimum of like folks to decide that’s utterly knowledgeable and mainly know that is what’s coming down the pipeline. That is what chances are you’ll be forsaking.’ 

The PGA Tour, too, got here out swinging on Wednesday in its newest effort to maintain maintain of their finest skills.  

Their announcement on Wednesday detailed various profitable measures that can stuff the pockets of those that reject the Saudi money supplied by Greg Norman’s breakaway group.

In these measures, 20 gamers shall be outlined as what shall be often called ‘high gamers’ from 2023.

The Participant Impression Program will decide these high 20 gamers – gamers who ‘resonate probably the most with followers and the media’ – and they are going to be in line for a ‘purse bump’ from $50m (£43m) to $100m (£86m).

For any non-exempt member of the PGA Tour – ranked between 126-150 on the earth – the Tour confirmed they are going to subsidise journey and tournament-related bills and award $5,000 for each missed reduce as a part of their new Journey Stipend Program (TSP). 

Tour commissioner Jay Monahan doubled down on his place that not one of the LIV defectors can return to the PGA set-up, making it a bombshell transfer from Smith at such a excessive in his profession.

McIlroy launched his most scathing assault but on LIV Golf over the weekend – admitting it will likely be ‘arduous to abdomen’ having to compete in opposition to 18 Saudi rebels at Wentworth.

Recent from turning into the primary participant to win the FedEx Cup 3 times following his victory on the Tour Championship on Sunday, McIlroy will return to Europe for subsequent week’s BMW PGA Championship.

Smith is reported to be pocketing $100m (£83m) by becoming the latest LIV Golf rebel

 Smith is reported to be pocketing $100m (£83m) by turning into the most recent LIV Golf insurgent

Greg Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf Series following a decorated playing career

Greg Norman is the CEO of LIV Golf Collection following a embellished taking part in profession

However the 33-year-old Northern Irishman faces a clumsy reunion with a few of his previous Ryder Cup team-mates, who’re being allowed to play on the DP World Tour occasion regardless of defecting to the Saudi-backed collection.

‘Should you imagine in one thing, I feel you must communicate up, and I imagine very strongly about this,’ mentioned McIlroy.

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‘I hate what it’s doing to the sport of golf. I hate it. I actually do.

‘It’s going to be arduous for me to abdomen going to Wentworth and seeing 18 of them there. That simply doesn’t sit proper with me.

‘I imagine what I’m saying is the proper factor, and I feel once you imagine that what you’re saying is the proper factor, you’re joyful to stay your neck out on the road.’