Cameron Smith, World’s No. 2 Golfer, Defects To Saudi-Backed LIV Tour

British Open champion Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann are amongst six gamers to go away the PGA Tour for Saudi-funded LIV Golf, which returns this week for a fourth event, this time outdoors of Boston.

The signing of Smith, who had been deflecting questions on his imminent departure because the day he received the claret jug, offers Greg Norman his first participant from the highest 10 on the planet.

Cameron Smith kisses the Claret Jug after successful The Open in Scotland.

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Smith, a 29-year-old from Australia, rose to No. 2 on the planet rating after successful at St. Andrews. He may have reached No. 1 with a victory at first of the FedEx Cup playoffs. Now, that chance is gone. LIV Golf doesn’t get rating factors, although it filed an software final month.

The PGA Tour is suspending members as quickly as they put a ball in play at LIV Golf occasions.

[Money] was undoubtedly a consider making that call,” Smith instructed Golf Digest of his transfer to the upstart tour. “I won’t ignore that or say that wasn’t a reason.”

Others to signal are Marc Leishman, a six-time PGA Tour winner from Australia who at age 38 has dropped out of the highest 50 on the planet, and three others who depart with out ever having received on the PGA Tour — Individuals Harold Varner III and Cameron Tringale and Anirban Lahiri of India.

Smith and Niemann, who’s from Chile, have been among the many eight qualifiers for the Worldwide staff on the Presidents Cup, which can be performed in a month at Quail Hole. Leishman and Lahiri beforehand have performed within the matches.