Australian golf superstar Cam Smith hits back at critics of his $140m LIV heist, saying the Rebel series is the future of the sport and the PGA Tour needs to be ‘shaken up’.
- Cameron Smith says LIV Golf is the future of the sport as he hits back after the move
- The Queenslander believes the PGA Tour needs to be ‘shaken up’
- Smith revealed many players and the PGA commissioner tried to change his mind
Cameron Smith has declared that Greg Norman’s LIV golf series is the future of the sport and that the PGA Tour needs a “sniff” as he criticizes his stunning move to the Rebel Tour.
For the first time since joining the Rebel series, the world No. 2 Queenslander has defended his $140m move to the widely condemned Saudi-backed company.
Smith said it was “unfair” for players who abandon ship to be banned from major championships when speaking at the LIV Invitational event in Boston, Massachusetts.
Smith (pictured during a practice round ahead of the LIV Golf Invitational in Boston) has claimed the new Rebel series is the future of the sport
Smith arrives during a practice round for the LIV Golf Invitational in Bolton Massachusetts
“This is a new kind of chapter in my life,” Smith said. “I think this is the future of golf. I love how it’s out here.
‘I think, it [the sport] has to change, especially since our golf fans are getting younger and younger. I think we need to do something to make it exciting for them… it’s been the same for a very, very long time and it needs to be stirred up a bit.
Despite fierce criticism from fans, the Australian admits the $140m payment was “a factor” in his business decision to defect – but not the only reason.
Smith was also very excited to be able to spend more time in Australia due to the planning of the tour.
“I haven’t been to Australia in three years,” Smith said.
“To spend more time at home and not to miss friends and family’s weddings, in the last four or five years, some of my friends have had children that I haven’t met yet, so that’s going to be a part of my life, I can’t wait to come back.’
Smith says the PGA Tour needs to be “shaken up.”
Smith and fellow Australian Marc Leishman criticized the fact that LIV golfers could not earn world ranking points.
“As for the majors and all that, I think it could potentially hurt them if some guys might miss out because they don’t offer world ranking points here,” Leishman said.
“As a golf fan, it’s tough for the top tournaments, but hopefully that will sort itself out.”
Smith, who has a free pass to the majors after winning the British Open, also claimed the rules were “unfair” to players.
“I hope these world ranking points settle before my time off expires,” he said.
Smith revealed other players – and even PGA commissioner Jay Monahan – had reached out to him to try and stop him leaving – but nothing would change his mind.
The Australian says a key factor in his final decision was the promise of an LIV tournament Down Under.
“We’re working on it… I think it would be great for Australian golf,” he said.
‘Bringing this exciting new format to Australia I think will be embraced.’
Cameron Smith poses with trophy after winning British Open
The sport’s worst kept secret was confirmed Tuesday night, with Smith announced as a signing for the Saud-backed tournament – their biggest acquisition to date.
Smith admitted a phone call from Australian golf legend Greg Norman shortly after his British Open triumph played a big part in convincing him to leave the PGA Tour.
“He’s the idol – he’s someone I would always listen to,” said Smith, who played at Norman’s Junior Golf Foundation until he was 18.
Smith joins a host of other top names defecting including Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, as well as European Ryder Cup veterans Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia.
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/golf/article-11166669/Aussie-Cam-Smith-says-LIV-Golf-future-sport-PGA-Tour-needs-stirred-up.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Aussie Cam Smith says LIV Golf is the future of the sport and the PGA Tour needs to be ‘shaken up’.