Cam Smith believes the PGA tour is ‘thriving’ off the again of the introduction of LIV Golf. Plus regardless of his fears, LIV golfers are allowed to play in majors this 12 months.
British Open champion Cam Smith admits he feared he might need been shut out of taking part in majors due to his $100 million choice to affix LIV Golf.
However Smith says he hasn’t misplaced a single pal from his transfer to Greg Norman’s controversial insurgent tour because it prepares to play a match in Adelaide subsequent month.
Smith’s British Open win final 12 months in idea made him exempt for 5 years for the 4 main titles however they solely confirmed in current weeks that LIV golfers have been in a position to play in these prestigious tournaments this 12 months.
He was unable to defend his Gamers Championship title in current weeks – a match dubbed the fifth main – and as a substitute performed at an adjourning nine-hole course together with his pals whereas the match was underway.
He advised this week’s episode of the Howie Video games podcast the enchantment of LIV Golf – bankrolled by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund – was it was extra like a laid-back soccer sport than a stuffy golf match.
Smith mentioned the considered shedding entry to the 4 majors had crammed him with dread.
“Yeah, that was in all probability the most important factor for me, these huge occasions,” he mentioned.
“That’s stuff you dream of as a child and to throw that out the window would have been powerful however the final three or 4 months it’s been a step in the suitable route.
“I’ve mentioned from the beginning I feel these are tournaments that have to be above all of the political stuff that is happening.
“Hopefully all through the years we will resolve these points with world rankings. It’s good to have competitors and I feel LIV Golf has undoubtedly stored the PGA tour on their toes and their competitors is flourishing from it as effectively so I can’t actually see a nasty factor that it’s completed but to skilled golf.
“All the fellows I used to be mates with are nonetheless my mates. Nobody has advised me to piss off or not discuss to them ever once more.”
Smith is eager to launch a junior basis to assist Australian golfers however admitted its formation may nonetheless take a number of years.
He mentioned his solely splurge purchase from the US $100 million contract had been upgrading his fishing boat in his Florida house.
He was in a position to spend a number of months in Queensland over Christmas given the truncated LIV Golf schedule which has solely 14 occasions this season.
“It isn’t my spot to step on anybody’s toes, it was only a transfer I felt was proper for my profession and the most important factor for me was spending extra time in Australia which I used to be in a position to do over the Christmas break and I introduced my fiance down there.
It was her first time in Australia, we spent seven or eight weeks down there and it was superior to be there and having that match in Adelaide shall be actually huge for Australian golf and large for junior golf. I need to see as many younger Aussies on the market whacking a golf ball.”