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Cam Smith’s love of NRL played a role in his decision to take $140 million bonanza to join the LIV tour

Cam Smith’s love of the NRL played a role in his controversial decision to take $140m in gold money to join Greg Norman’s Rebel golf streak – as another Aussie star responds with a hilarious tweet

  • Cameron Smith has finally announced his move to the rebellious LIV Golf series
  • Queenslander said he misses living in Australia and attending live NRL games
  • BThe winner of the ritish Open will be joined on the LIV tour by fellow countryman Mark Leishman

A love of going to football games with his buddies was a factor in Cameron Smith’s defection to the controversial LIV golf series.

The mammoth $140 million deal to leave the PGA Tour was obviously significant, but the world No. 2 also stressed that tour scheduling flexibility proved crucial to his move.

‘[Money] was definitely a factor in that decision, I’m not going to ignore that or say that wasn’t a reason,” Smith told Australian Golf Digest.

“It was obviously a business decision for one and an offer I couldn’t ignore. The biggest thing for me is joining [LIV’s] Schedule is really appealing.

“I will be able to spend more time at home in Australia. I couldn’t and it was motivating to get that part of my life back.’

A love of attending NRL games with his Queensland buddies was a factor in Cameron Smith's defection to the controversial LIV golf series

A love of attending NRL games with his Queensland buddies was a factor in Cameron Smith’s defection to the controversial LIV golf series

World No. 2 golfer Cameron Smith is an avid supporter of the Brisbane Broncos (pictured playing against Parramatta this year).

World No. 2 golfer Cameron Smith is an avid supporter of the Brisbane Broncos (pictured playing against Parramatta this year).

Smith added that he’s loved living in the US for over seven years, but “little things like missing friends’ weddings, birthday parties and seeing your friends have a great time at rugby league games were great difficult”.

Finally, in golf’s worst kept secret, 29-year-old Smith confirmed he will be taking part in the LIV Tour on Tuesday, ending the ongoing recent speculation.

The British Open winner is joined by compatriot Mark Leishman in a significant coup for Norman.

Golf stars Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed have previously pledged their future to the Rebel Tour, sending shock waves through the sport.

According to News Corp, LIV Golf was also in talks with Australian Adam Scott, but the 2013 Masters champion opted to remain loyal to the PGA Tour alongside Tiger Woods.

Smith’s decision to join the LIV Golf Tour will draw a lot of negative headlines amid repeated accusations that they are using the sport to whitewash Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record.

The mammoth $140m deal to leave the PGA Tour was obviously significant, with the British Open winner (pictured) also stating that the flexibility of the Tour, where Greg Norman is the CEO, proved to be proved crucial to his decision

The mammoth $140m deal to leave the PGA Tour was obviously significant, with the British Open winner (pictured) also stating that the flexibility of the Tour, where Greg Norman is the CEO, proved to be proved crucial to his decision

Norman was delighted on Tuesday as he toasted the LIV Golf crowning achievement so far.

“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league attracts the world’s best players and grows the game for the next generation into the future,” he said.

“The best and brightest continue to enjoy the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we are building: a tangible league for team golf that will reach new audiences around the world.”

Australian journeyman Greg Chalmers hilariously interjected into the conversation about Smith’s defectors tweet He is now “getting closer to my dream of being the highest placed Australian on the tour”.

The 48-year-old, who has won the Australian Open twice, is close to retiring.

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