Smith has reportedly signed a $100M+ deal to join LIV Golf and play at its upcoming event in BostonGetty Images
Golfer Cam Smith has reportedly signed a $100M+ deal to join LIV Golf in a “major coup,” as the Open Championship Winner and World No. 2 will “now play at LIV’s upcoming event in Boston” the first week of September, according to Morgan & Corrigan of the London TELEGRAPH. While LIV Golfers Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka also were “seen as major coups,” the signing of Smith is “seen as arguably more significant.” LIV is understood to have “reached an advanced stage” with Smith prior to him winning the Open Championship. A formal announcement is “not expected” until after the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs. Smith “reaffirmed his commitment to it last month and is on the field in Memphis for Thursday.” When asked about the deal while Addressing media at the FedEx St Jude Championship, Smith said, “I have no comment to that. I’m here to play the FedExCup Playoffs. That’s been my focus the last week and a half, that’s what I ‘m here to do — I’m here to win the FedExCup Playoffs” (London TELEGRAPH, 8/10). In Memphis, Mark Giannotto notes Smith did note that he “still plans to play in the Presidents Cup on Sept. 20-25.” If he were to join LIV before then, he would “be ineligible to compete there” (Memphis COMMERCIAL APPEAL, 8/10). CBSSPORTS.com’s Kyle Porter notes along with the Open, Smith also “took down this year’s Player’s Championship in March, the PGA Tour’s Flagship event.” With a strong next three weeks, it is “feasible that he could end up winning the PGA Tour Player of the Year” (CBSSPORTS.com, 8/9).
DOWN UNDER: AUSTRALIAN GOLF DIGEST’s Evin Priest reports LIV has “made plans” to bring two International Series events to Australia in addition to the LIV Golf League event in Sydney in April. This means the players will “have opportunities to play in more than one event while in Australia.” The dates and locations of the two International Series tournaments are “not yet known,” but it is “believed they will provide extra incentive for Australian players to join the circuit.” The Lure for those Golfers would be to “have several tournaments to play in their homeland” in addition to the Australian Open and Australian PGA Championship, which are both sanctioned by the DP World Tour. The LIV event in Sydney in April will “feature 48 of the world’s best players playing in 12 franchised teams,” and the International Series would “comprise of a mixture of Asian Tour regulars” (AUSTRALIANGOLFDIGEST.com, 8/10).
WORLD TOUR? In Sydney, Malcolm Conn notes sports entrepreneur James Erskine is “hopeful” that LIV will “help force a proper PGA world tour including Australia and New Zealand in a sport currently dominated” by the US Erskine said, “If I was heading up the US , PGA, or the European PGA, I would turn around and say, ‘Come on guys, we’re going to create our own world tour.'” Erskine: “With Australia and New Zealand and Asia, golf can find a way forward . A true world tour where all the top players could come and play on a regular basis and play for big money in countries which can’t necessarily raise the huge amount of money required” (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 8/10).