No, Cam Smith’s cope with LIV Golf was not set in stone when he received the Open Championship again in July.
The World No. 3 shed somewhat gentle on his choice to the Sydney Morning Herald as he will get set to return to his native Australia for the primary time in three years this week on the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship.
“I used to be positively leaning a technique, however it wasn’t signed on paper,” Smith advised the Sydney Morning Herald. “There was nonetheless a lot stuff to do, and a lot to consider.”
After his win at St. Andrews, Smith now-infamously rebuked a reporter who requested about becoming a member of the upstart, Saudi-backed, PGA Tour rival league.
“I simply received the British Open, and also you’re asking about that? I feel that is fairly not that good,” Smith mentioned at his winner’s press convention.
Smith mentioned the choice was not one he took evenly and he knew there could be blowback if and when he determined to make the leap.
“It felt like I did not sleep for a number of months,” he mentioned. “I used to be consistently pondering, ‘what is going to different folks assume?’ That was a extremely large issue for me. I really feel like I do most issues by the e-book and to be one to step away … it was actually robust for me.”
Smith finally left the PGA Tour on the conclusion of the FedEx Cup Playoffs in August for a reported signing bonus of $140 million with LIV Golf, together with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman and 4 different execs. He is one of many execs to make the leap to publicly cite the assured cash as one of many causes for defecting.
All gamers who’ve left for LIV Golf are suspended from enjoying on the PGA Tour.
Smith additionally advised the Morning Herald he spoke to many individuals near him about his choice and even acquired a name from Rory McIlroy, simply days after the Open when Smith fired a back-nine 30 to come back from behind to maintain McIlroy’s main drunk streak going.
“I’ve all the time had respect for Rory and I’ve favored what he says on the golf course,” Smith mentioned. “He mentioned, ‘congratulations’. There have been perhaps a few little jabs in there. He was completely satisfied I performed properly and it was a very good event. Then we talked concerning the PGA Tour and LIV. There was a bunch of stuff he wished me to know earlier than I made my choice. I would not say he tried to instantly discuss me out of it, however he positively wished me to remain.”
He additionally confided in fellow Australian Ian Baker-Finch, who detailed a few of their conversations in a joint interview with Smith to the Each day Telegraph earlier this month.
“Within the final evening line of our dialog, I mentioned, ‘Look … if I used to be your dad, I might be telling you to take the cash,” Baker-Finch advised the Each day Telegraph. “I actually hoped Cam would not go as a result of I felt he had the flexibility to be No. 1 on the earth and create an enormous identify for himself like Adam Scott has executed over time like Greg Norman did himself.”
Smith additionally advised the Morning Herald he spoke to each Norman, LIV Golf’s CEO, and PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan. He wished to know what every tour had deliberate to assist develop the sport in his dwelling nation.
Norman promised Smith LIV would head down below. That promise got here true final week with LIV asserting it might host an occasion at The Grange Membership subsequent spring.
Monahan mentioned the PGA Tour was trying into internet hosting a Korn Ferry Tour occasion in Australia.
“For me, the PGA Tour is a good place,” Smith mentioned. “It is an amazing tour that does actually good issues. However as you look again, Adam [Scott] has been probably the greatest golfers on the earth for 20 years and I simply assume it is actually bizarre for them [PGA Tour] to not have an occasion [in Australia] simply due to him,” Smith says. “Then you’ve gotten Jason [Day]Marc [Leishman], there is a bunch of men they might have executed a lot for. The Aussie crowd will get round it a lot … However I simply do not assume it is that worthwhile for them and that is type of the explanation behind all of it.”