At the end of August, Cameron Smith, then number two in the world (now number three), formalized his arrival at LIV Golf. The schism was already a reality and the PGA Tour lost one of its great stars. Three months later, the Australian does not “regret” his decision, which was difficult to make.
“I spoke to a lot of good people, my mother and my father, a lot of good friends. I have absolutely no regrets. At the beginning, yes, it was scary to face a change like that”, explains- he told Daily Mail Australia A risky move because of the context and the results, but one he claimed he needed.
Cammy, with her goodbye, left behind her best year on the North American circuit. The Saudi adventure, however, appealed to him. “It (the PGA Tour calendar) is brutal, to be honest. With a condensed schedule over a shorter period, I will be able to have free time and develop my game more”, he justified, between others.
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In July, Smith picked up the most important victory of his career. In the Cathedral, in the cradle of golf, with a last round of -8 (for a total of -20), he conquered the 150th edition of the British Open.
“This place is amazing. I love the countryside and I love the city. Winning an Open is already probably the highlight of a golfing career. Doing it in St. Andrews is just amazing,” he celebrated excitedly at a press conference.
A feeling that, according to his criteria, all those who, like him, have made the decision to go to LIV should be able to experience (or repeat). “I think the majors should be political first and foremost. If you really want the best product and the best players in the world to play against each other, you have to let us in.
We are quite good, ”he defends himself in The Age. In his case, except for changes, he would have assured it, since a victory at the Open, in addition to a guaranteed presence until the age of 60 in the tournament itself, guarantees participation for five years for the rest of the big.
A privileged situation that does not reassure him, however. Smith, who in addition to the Open also managed to win The Players and, already at LIV, in Chicago, advocates peace between the circuits. “I think on both sides of the board things could have been said differently.
Especially at the start. I hope all this will really go away. That would be nice, because it’s not golf. I feel like golf has always been a sport to overcome all these issues and it seems like it has taken a step back,” he explains.
At LIV, he feels at ease. And he feels it has been a positive change for his followers. “I think the fans love it (LIV), which is very important for our sport, it makes them want to play more,” he said. This month (November 24-27) he will do so on home soil at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, of which he was champion in 2017 and 2018.