Billy Horschel wondered if the final round of the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club on Sunday would be the last time he played with his dear friend Cameron Smith on the PGA Tour as they approached the 18th green.
Both Horschel and Smith call Ponte Vedra, Florida, home. In their spare time, they like playing golf and fishing in deep waters. “If he goes, he would be the biggest loss in my mind, considering his age and everything he’s accomplished,” Horschel said.
Take a look at the kind of man he is. You can tell he’s a good kid since he always acts in a positive and responsible manner. In my biased opinion, it would be devastating if he were to go. One of my closest companions is him.
In a Tuesday press release, LIV Golf revealed that 29-year-old Smith would be quitting the PGA Tour to join. In July, Smith won the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews, putting him at the top of the Official World Golf Ranking.
LIV Golf, which is being backed by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund, has signed a number of high-profile players, including Joaquin Niemann (ranked 19th in the world), Harold Varner III (ranked no. 46), Cameron Tringale (ranked no. 55), Australia’s Marc Leishman (ranked no. 62), and India’s Anirban Lahiri (ranked no. 92).
The LIV Golf season four opener, held at The International outside of Boston, kicks off on Friday, and the six players were announced as participants on Thursday. “LIV Golf is showing the world that our genuinely global league is drawing the world’s finest players and will expand the game into the future for the next generation,” stated Greg Norman, CEO, and commissioner of LIV Golf.
The smartest and finest are still enthusiastic about LIV Golf and what we’re creating: a real league for team golf that will reach new fans all over the world. It’s going to be great to get started this week at The International and provide the fans with another unforgettable event.
Australian Smith is the PGA Tour’s biggest loss. He’s at the height of his powers after recently claiming his maiden major title at the 150th Open Championship and The Players in March. Smith has won six times on the PGA Tour and is well-liked by both fans and his peers.
Australia’s Adam Scott referred to him as a “good pal of mine,” saying of him. To hone my skills, Cam and I play a lot of practice rounds together. This is something I won’t be able to participate in. But at least I don’t have to worry about competing against quite as strong an opponent anymore.
Smith told Golf Digest that time and money constraints were major factors in his decision.” I won’t dismiss that or claim that wasn’t a cause,” he admitted, “but I won’t say that [money] wasn’t a part in making that decision.” “It was purely a commercial choice, and the offer was too good to pass up.”
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What really sold me on [LIV] was its schedule, so that’s what I did. As a result, I’ll be able to visit Australia more frequently and even hold a gathering there. I haven’t been able to do that, so the prospect of reclaiming that aspect of my life was really tempting.
In an Instagram post, Varner expressed gratitude toward the PGA Tour, calling it a “life-changer” that allowed him to “create something out of my life.”
But the financial benefits of LIV, he added, were too attractive to pass up. The opportunity to join LIV Golf is simply too fantastic of a financial breakthrough for me to pass up,” he stated. I know firsthand what it’s like to come from humble beginnings. With this money, my child and future generations of Varners will have opportunities that simply dreamed of mine when I was a kid.
It will also go toward supporting a lot of the initiatives being developed by my Foundation. I’ll keep trying to pave the road for the next generation of golf enthusiasts. Here’s a confirmation confirming we’ve received payment; please keep this.”
For the Presidents Cup, which will be held at Quail Hollow in Charlotte, North Carolina, from September 20-25, Smith and Niemann, the wire-to-wire winner of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera in February, were automatic qualifiers for the International Team.
Members of the PGA Tour who participated in LIV Golf tournaments without proper conflicting-events releases have been suspended by commissioner Jay Monahan. Smith and Niemann can’t compete in the Presidents Cup since they aren’t PGA Tour members and the tournament is sanctioned by the PGA Tour. This is bad news for the International squad, who were already huge underdogs compared to the U.S.
Trevor Immelman, captain of the international squad, will reveal his team’s starting lineup on September 6. Candidates for the team include Hideki Matsuyama, Sungjae I’m, Tom Kim, Corey Conners, Mito Pereira, and Scott. Six new players will join the existing 12 on Immelman’s roster.
Just know that Trevor is as ready as he can be for anything that may come his way, Scott said. I have compassion for him. He’s been in a bind for some time. He has a strategy, and he will implement it no matter what.
We’re the underdogs, and the United States team is strong, even if they’re missing a few key players themselves (though hopefully not at the last minute). Pereira, who led the PGA Championship at Southern Hills going into the final hole before finishing in a tie for third, will also play in an upcoming LIV Golf event.
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