Cameron Smith slammed by Gary Player for joining LIV Tour
Cameron Smith has faced further criticism over his decision to join the rebel LIV golf circuit, with golfing legend Gary Player speculating the Aussie was misinformed about his decision.
Smith, alongside fellow Aussie Marc Leishman, were announced as LIV Golf’s newest defectors on Tuesday night.
It was previously reported that the offer to lure Smith was around $143 million.
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Speaking on BBC Radio 5 in England, the nine-time big winner said while he understood the movement of late-career players it made no sense to Smith.
Smith’s switch was major news for the sport given that the world No. 2 will be the highest-ranked player to leave the mighty and long-running PGA Tour to join the Saudi-backed rebel league, led by Australian icon Greg. Norman.
“Here’s a young man who I really thought was going to be a superstar,” Player said.
“Now, what kind of future does he have? Will he be able to fulfill that big dream of being a champion? I don’t know.
“I don’t blame [Henrik] Stenson to go. He had no money, so he had to leave. But he’s a potential superstar. I think his advisors gave him bad advice.”
The 86-year-old went on to say he wouldn’t trade his nine major wins for a billion dollars and there was no way LIV could compete with the PGA in the long run.
“How can you ever be a champion playing a round with 54 holes without a cut?” he said.
“What kind of tour is this? 54 holes, no cups, a team event that no one understands. This is a tour for people who don’t have faith in their future. They don’t have the faith that they can be winners.
“It will never compare to the regular tour. No chance.”
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