/ 31 August 2022

Putting for dough


He’s the biggest signing to the new Saudi-backed LIV Golf circuit… Australia’s Cameron Smith – the world #2 – will turn his back on the PGA and join the Greg Norman-led competition that is paying participants millions more in prizemoney. Add a sign-on bonus of a reported $145 million, and it’s a big payday for the talented/mulleted 29yo Queenslander. This year’s British Open winner is a big signing for the challenger comp as the highest-ranked player to join so far. Team LIV has struggled to get the top 10 on board, but it has high-profile players, including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson. Overnight, Smith said he’s signed on because the schedule is good and he can spend more time in Oz – and the money was “definitely a factor in making that decision. I won’t ignore that or say that wasn’t a reason.” Players who ‘defect’ to LIV have been banned from future PGA events – a decision that was recently upheld in a Californian court.

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