Cameron Smith has withdrawn from the BMW Championship, citing “hip discomfort”.
In a statement, Smith’s agent, Bud Martin, said the Australian had been suffering from hip discomfort for “several months and thought it best to rest this week in pursuit of the FedEx Cup” .
It’s been a roller coaster ride over the past few weeks for the 28-year-old. Following his win at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, Smith has always been linked as the latest star name to leave the PGA Tour and join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series.
The world No. 2 refused to deny reports after being crowned Golfer of the Year champion and came under further scrutiny ahead of the FedEx St. Jude Championship after fellow Aussie Cameron Percy suggested that he and Marc Leishman were almost “gone” from the PGA Tour.
Ahead of his appearance at TPC Southwind, Smith himself said he was ‘ready for the heat’ in what was perhaps the biggest hint that he was set to join the run company. by Greg Norman in a $100 million deal.
Talk of LIV Golf momentarily stalled and it was Smith’s performance on the course that caught the eye. The Aussie battled two shots off the FedEx St. Jude Championship lead but was dealt a cruel blow in his quest for back-to-back wins in competitive starts.
Ahead of the final round, the Aussie was given a two-stroke penalty for playing a ball from the wrong place after judging he had failed to take full relief on the fourth hole of his third round. He would go on to finish T13, seven strokes behind eventual playoff winner Will Zalatoris.
Although Smith won’t play in Delaware, he is expected to return to action at the Tour Championship next week. Despite his withdrawal from the BMW Championship, the 28-year-old is third in the FedEx Cup standings and remains in first place to win the season-long booty at East Lake.
Smith would make his LIV Golf debut in Boston in September, following the conclusion of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He could do it as the defending Open, Players and FedEx Cup champion as well as world No. 1 in what would certainly be a blow to the PGA Tour.