Open champion Cameron Smith among latest PGA Tour players to join Saudi-backed LIV golf tour

Cameron Tringale, Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri have also been confirmed as the latest additions to LIV Golf alongside Open Champion Cameron Smith. Their involvement means that none will be able to participate in PGA Tour events.

Last update: 08/30/22 2:37 p.m.


Cameron Smith has confirmed he will be joining LIV Golf

Open champion Cameron Smith has confirmed his move to LIV Golf and is one of six PGA Tour players announced as new signings by the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit.

The world No. 2 becomes the highest-ranked player to make the switch and will make his Boston debut this week, the fourth event of the inaugural season.

Other players include Cameron Tringale, Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Marc Leishman and India’s top pro Anirban Lahiri.

Smith followed victory at the season-opening Sentry Tournament of Champions by winning The Players – the PGA Tour’s flagship event – in March, before claiming a first major title with a historic one-shot success in the 150th. Open at St Andrews.

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The best of the action from a thrilling 150th Open Championship final from St Andrews

The best of the action from a thrilling 150th Open Championship final from St Andrews

Speculation surrounding Smith’s future on the PGA Tour increased during the final men’s major of the year, where he refused to deny rumors linking him to LIV Golf during his winner’s press conference, with reports ahead of the FedExCup playoffs saying he had already agreed to make the move.

Smith told Sky Sports he was “ready for the heat” of his future at the FedEx St Jude Invitational, with the 29-year-old continuing the PGA Tour season and before announcing his move the day after the end of the FedExCup campaign. 20th in the Tour Championship.

New Open champion Cameron Smith wasn't too happy to be asked about his potential involvement in LIV Golf after winning the Open

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New Open champion Cameron Smith wasn’t too happy to be asked about his potential involvement in LIV Golf after winning the Open

New Open champion Cameron Smith wasn’t too happy to be asked about his potential involvement in LIV Golf after winning the Open

The move means Smith will currently be unable to compete in PGA Tour events, with all members of LIV Golf suspended indefinitely, with the Australian also now ineligible to represent the international team at the Presidents Cup in September.

Tringale goes to LIV Golf; Young ready to stay

Cameron Tringale, who has amassed more than $17 million in career PGA Tour earnings – more than any other player in history without a PGA Tour win – revealed he was moving to LIV Golf in an article on social media on Sunday.

In the statement, the American wrote: “After many thoughts, prayers and conversations with trusted advisors, I have made the decision not to renew my Tour membership for next year and to join LIV Golf. “

Cameron Young has also been rumored to quit the PGA Tour, with the Open runner-up admitting to being interested in LIV Golf before ultimately deciding to reject the departure approach.

Cameron Young told reporters during the Tour Championship that he intended to stay with the PGA Tour

Cameron Young told reporters during the Tour Championship that he intended to stay with the PGA Tour

“Frankly, I decided to stay,” Young told reporters after the Tour Championship. “It’s a really difficult situation because nobody really wanted anything to happen. I think it wasn’t supposed to be so hostile between the two.

“Throughout the process with them, I was very interested. I wish it hadn’t happened at this particular stage in my career.”

Hideki Matsuyama, the 2021 Masters champion, was also long linked with joining LIV, but now looks set to stay with the PGA.

With the new additions, this week’s event in Boston will feature 12 major champions with 22 majors combined as well as four former world No. 1 players.

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Charl Schwartzel and Branden Grace won the first two events of the season and Henrik Stenson won the third tournament, after relinquishing the Ryder Cup captaincy to join LIV Golf, with this week’s event in Boston being one five planned over the next two months.

Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago is the venue for the fifth event, which will be held September 16-18, while Stonehill Golf Club in Bangkok is the venue for October 7-9 and Royal Greens Golf Club – the site of the International Saudi in recent years – hosts the following week.

The Season Ending Tag Team Championship will be held at Trump National Doral Miami from October 27-30. LIV Golf then plans to host an expanded program in 2023.

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Open champion Cameron Smith among latest PGA Tour players to join Saudi-backed LIV golf tour

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