At the end of August, Cameron Smith, then number two in the world (now number three), made his arrival at LIV Golf official. 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 talked to a lot of good people, my mom and dad, a lot of good friends. I have absolutely no regrets. At the beginning, yes, it was scary to face a change like that,” he explains in Daily Mail Australia. A risky movement due to the context and the results, but which he claimed to need.
Cammy, with his goodbye, left behind his best year ever on the North American circuit. The Saudi adventure, however, appealed to him. “It (the PGA Tour schedule) is brutal, to be honest. With a schedule condensed into a shorter period of time, I will be able to have some free time and develop my game more”, he justified, among other reasons.
Cameron Smith, statements
In July, Smith achieved 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 town. Winning an Open is already probably the highlight of a golf career. Doing it in St. Andrews is simply incredible”, he celebrated then, excited at a press conference.
A sensation that, according to his criteria, all those who, like him, made the decision to go to LIV should be able to experience (or repeat). “I think the majors should be above all politics. If you really want the best product and the best players in the world playing against each other, you have to let us in.
We are good enough,” he defends in The Age. In his case, except for changes, he would have it insured, since a victory in the Open, in addition to a guaranteed presence until the age of 60 in the tournament itself, guarantees participation for five years in the rest of the greats.
A privileged situation that, however, does not reassure him. Smith, who in addition to the Open also managed to win The Players and, already at LIV, in Chicago, advocates peace between circuits. “I think that on both sides of the board things could have been said in a different way.
Especially at the beginning. I’m hoping all of that is really going to go away. It would be nice, because it’s not golf. I feel that golf has always been a sport to overcome all these problems and it seems that it has taken a step back, ”he exposes.
At LIV he feels comfortable. And he feels that 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 argues. This month (November 24-27), he will do it on home soil at the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship, of which he was champion in 2017 and 2018.