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Cameron Smith is reportedly the most recent to become listed on LIV Golf after signing a $100 million cope with the organization, in accordance with Tom Morgan of the Telegraph.
The 28-year-old is coming off a win at The Open, finishing 20 strokes under par to outduel Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy.
After winning his first major title, TMZ Sports reported Smith was “nearing a deal” with LIV Golf. There is still uncertainty following the golfer dodged questioning concerning the move around in July.
“I simply won the British Open, and you’re asking about this?” Smith told reporters. “I believe that’s pretty not that good. … I have no idea, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. Im here to win golf tournaments.”
Smith issued another statement when asked concerning the deal Tuesday, per Jason Sobel of The Action Network:
It’s now clear he’ll follow in the road of other high-profile golfers to become listed on the Saudi Arabia-backed league, including Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau and Phil Mickelson.
The major difference for Smith is he was amid a breakout season, currently ranked No. 2 on earth behind Scottie Scheffler. Other big names had fallen from the top 10, or regarding Mickelson, out from the top 100.
Smith, meanwhile, had three victories this year and was second in the FedEx Cup standings heading in to the start of playoffs at the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
The PGA Tour already filed a motion to help keep out another three LIV Golfers who qualified for the FedEx Cup playoffs: Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford. Smith’s status for the upcoming tournament that begins Thursday may be involved.
The amount of money from LIV Golf continues to be likely difficult to show down. As well as the nine-figure reported sum for Smith in advance, the circuit could have $405 million altogether prizes in 2023.
Smith has earned about $26.8 million through the PGA Tour, as the winner of the Tour Championship this season will need home $18 million.