After a few months of setting off on a rollercoaster, Cameron Smith can almost see the finish line in the 2022 Wildlife. The World Open ranked No. 2 champion has battled the expected reaction to leaving the PGA Tour at the height of his game for LIV Golf, where he already is. He won one championship title. With two LIV Invitational events remaining, including a stop this week in Saudi Arabia, a long break looms in his native Australia.
Guaranteed money –It is said about 100 million dollars– He influenced the 29-year-old’s decision to sign with LIV, which Smith has admitted. But the opportunity to seize it Extended stay in his country It was also something that made the move attractive. It wasn’t practical for Smith to do so while on the PGA Tour given its extensive schedule, but after the end of the LIV in Miami later this month, the Saudi-backed circuit did not resume play for three months.
“After Miami, I will probably spend another week in the States and after that I will go down and play [Australian PGA Championship in November and Australian Open in December]Smith said on ABC Radio in Australia. “I will mainly be staying there until the beginning of February probably.”
Smith said he was enjoying his first events in the inaugural LIV series. He debuted in Boston and then won the Chicago event for an individual prize of $4 million. He is hoping to make adjustments this week in Saudi Arabia after a surprise finish at 42nd last week in Thailand. Smith believes he faces healthy competition from LIV recruits such as Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Brooks Koepka and Joaquin Neiman, though former greats Fred Koebles and Gary Player question whether LIV golfers can maintain their competitive advantage given the to small fields. Cut formatting.
“We’ve had six or seven major winners over the past three or four years signing with LIV; the competition is still there at the top,” Smith said. “When you play against guys like Dustin Johnson, who wins? [24 times] On the PGA Tour, it still makes you think there.”
Besides his suspension from the PGA Tour and the varying fan reactions to his jump to the LIV, Smith felt other additional influences. More importantly, he had to give up his privileges to play and practice at TPC Sawgrass, which is no small feat considering that he’s not far from where he lives in Palm Valley, Florida, and was a favorite place to work on his game when he was at home. It’s also where he won the Players’ Championship in March, securing a spot for the defending champion standing next to the club he’s been enjoying over the summer. Not long after moving to LIV, The PGA Tour changed Smith’s reserved place to “Tour players only”. Smith was diplomatic in saying he expects to evacuate.
“It was just one of the things they had to do,” Smith said. “I knew this was going to come with her, and that was something I had to deal with. [TPC Sawgrass] It is one of my favorite places in the world, and I like to be there a lot but [that can’t happen] Until now.”
Smith, a six-time winner of the PGA Tour, said he did not regret missing the opportunity to create a legacy on the US-based circuit because he wanted to play a more global tour. Its presence likely means that at least one LIV Tour will go to Australia in 2023. Smith was asked if it was unfortunate that PGA Tour fans wouldn’t be able to see him adding tournaments like the Memorial Event or the Genesis Invitational to his trophy cabinet, which included The Sentry Tournament of Champions (2022), the Sony Open in Hawaii (2020) and two Zurich Classics (2017, 2021).
“Those events [Memorial and the Genesis] Fantastic and I will miss it [them] Sure, but there is a chance to bring golf to the world stage [with LIV] “I think it’s something that will be well received,” he said. “Hopefully we can make these countries, who kind of missed out on top-class professional golf, really outgrow them. [support LIV]. “
If there are any concerns about switching to LIV, this is the potential impact he and fellow LIV players may have in participating in major tournaments in 2023. Both the US Open and US Open have allowed LIV golfers to play this year, but will The USGA and R&A will do the same next year, or whether the Augusta National and the PGA of America may change next year’s eligibility criteria for LIV players, is unclear. After winning the 150th Open in St. Andrews in July, Smith is presumed to have five years of entry into the four majors (and an exemption open until age 60). Had he not won the Open Championship, Smith would still lock in a potential Masters call-up as player champion and for his T-3 at Augusta in 2022. It seems unlikely that Smith won’t be allowed to return to the Masters – where he has four top-10 players out of six starts including at that T-2 in 2020 – but he admitted it would be disappointing if he couldn’t.
“hopefull [I can play]Smith said. “Obviously I can’t speak for them [Augusta]. I hope I can go back there. It’s a place I love, and I have a very good track record there too. So it would be very sad if I couldn’t go back there.”