Cameron Smith appears to be anything but confirming a $100 million deal with LIV Golf

Cameron Smith appeared to be all but confirming that he will be heading to the LIV Golf Invitational Series after his first round of the PGA Tour playoffs.

Smith had a 3-under first round at TPC Southwind at the FedEx St. Jude Championship that included an interesting moment with Scottie Scheffler.

Whether or not this exchange is related to LIV Golf, we are not sure. Scheffler doesn’t seem one to stoop to such depths. He looked incredibly frustrated, though.

Speaking to Sky Sports immediately after his game, Sky Sports’ Nick Dougherty asked Smith, 28, whether or not he understood why he was constantly faced with questions about his future.

“His [the media’s] job, mate. That’s what they’re here for. They’re there to sell stories,” Smith said.

“I’m ready to face the heat. I understand that’s what I said, but I’m here to win the FedEx Cup qualifiers, that’s my number one goal, and whatever comes will pass after that will come from me.”

The Telegraph’s Jamie Corrigan and Tom Morgan previously reported that Smith had already signed a deal north of $100 million to play LIV Golf next season, which will have a league format.

There will be a narcotic $405 million in prize money distributed next year by LIV, which is funded by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.

Whether or not that money is separate from the lucrative multi-year contracts the rebels have signed is up for debate.

Smith would look likely to lead an all-Australian side for the 2023-24 season, which will see 14 events taking place around the world.

Marc Leishman and Adam Scott have also been heavily linked with a controversial move to the circuit.

Smith previously claimed he was “pretty ready” and could buy some new fishing gear when asked last year what he would do if he won the FedEx Cup top prize from $15 million.

This year, the FedEx Cup playoffs got another cash injection, where playoff players compete $75 million.

The winner of the FedEx Cup will win a check for $18 million. Of that money, $1 million will go into the player’s retirement fund.

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