Aussie golf star Cameron Smith conceded missing out on the majors after switching to LIV Golf “would have been tough” but is glad the rebel group “kept the PGA Tour on their toes.”
Smith was one of several superstars on the PGA Tour to make the switch to the Saudi-backed competition last year, with the Queenslander signing on for an estimated $100 million.
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His move took place not long after he’d won The Open at the famous St Andrews course in July, meaning he automatically qualified for all the majors for the next five years.
However, there was plenty of conjecture in the golf world as to whether the LIV players would be able to compete in the majors.
Thankfully for Smith and his fellow LIV peers, a decision was made allowing them to partake in the majors.
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Speaking on The Howie Games podcast, Smith revealed the prospect of being effectively barred from the majors should he go to LIV weighed heavily on his mind during the decision making process.
“Yeah, that was probably the biggest thing for me, those big events,” Smith said.
“That is stuff you dream of as a kid and to throw that out the window would have been tough but the last three or four months it’s been a step in the right direction.
“I have said from the start I think those are tournaments that need to be above all the political stuff that is going on.
“Hopefully through the years we can resolve these issues with world rankings. It is good to have competition and I think LIV Golf has definitely kept the PGA Tour on their toes and their competition is thriving from it as well so I can’t really see a bad thing that it’s done yet to professional golf.
“All the guys I was mates with are still my mates. No-one has told me to piss off or not talk to them ever again.”
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