LIV Golf recruits Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, 5 different gamers

The 29-year-old Australian turns into the very best ranked participant to hitch LIV Golf. He’ll compete within the collection’ subsequent occasion, the LIV Golf Invitational Boston at The Worldwide Golf Membership in Massachusetts.

Chilean world No. 19 Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri have additionally joined LIV Golf.

The entire becoming a member of gamers will compete within the LIV Golf Invitational Boston, which takes place from September 2-4.

CNN has reached out to the PGA Tour for remark.

What’s LIV Golf?

The controversial LIV Golf tour has divided {the golfing} world.

The breakaway collection is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Funding Fund (PIF) — a sovereign wealth fund chaired by Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia and the person who a US intelligence report named as chargeable for approving the operation that led to the 2018 homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Bin Salman has denied involvement in Khashoggi’s homicide.

LIV Golf has supplied big quantities of cash for gamers to go away the established golf excursions — the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour — in favor of the brand new collection.

Gamers leaving for the LIV Golf tour have been suspended by the PGA Tour and have been criticized for abandoning golf’s foundations.

They’ve additionally been criticized for accepting cash from a rustic with a dismal human rights document. Human rights teams have protested in opposition to the nation for conducting mass executions and for its remedy of homosexual folks.

The PIF has pledged to award $250 million in whole prize cash. Every of the primary seven occasions may have a complete prize purse of $25 million, with $20 million break up between particular person gamers and the remaining $5 million shared between the highest three groups on the finish of every week.

For every occasion, gamers are break up into 12 groups, and in contrast to typical {golfing} occasions, tournaments are held over three days, not 4, with the 48-man area starting with a shotgun begin — all on the similar time — within the hopes of being a extra participating, action-packed type occasion.