Not only is Cameron Smith suspended from the PGA Tour following his decision to join the LIV golf series run by Greg Norman, he has had a number of privileges stripped from Tour headquarters – TPC Sawgrass.
The Aussie, who became the Players Champion at Ponte Vedra Beach property earlier in the year, won what is so often dubbed ‘the fifth major’ alongside a tournament record 3.6 millions of dollars.
The 29-year-old also received a cashless prize, a parking space at TPC Sawgrass. Smith is a local resident and has often used the Pete Dye-designed course as a base for his practice but, according to Golfweek, (opens in a new tab) some privileges have been removed.
The parking space that was previously ‘reserved for the 2022 Players Champion’ is now only available for ‘Tour players’ and it is now believed the Aussie is no longer welcome to practice, according to Golfweek . According to TPC Sawgrass General Manager Derek Sprague: “If they go to LIV, they don’t have any of their (PGA) touring privileges at TPC properties.”
The removal of the world No. 2’s parking space and training rights will surely be seen as the latest act of retaliation by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan against those joining the rival tour.
As noted by one of my FB friends, how long before this @TPCSawgrass sign is removed? I think I’ll park there on Thursday and check it out. pic.twitter.com/fOoyRInW17August 30, 2022
Membership has its privileges. Not so much for suspended players. Cam Smith is going to have to find a new place to train and play…and park. Story here: https://t.co/hxXoew0pr0September 6, 2022
Smith signed with LIV Golf in a deal worth more than $100 million shortly after the conclusion of the FedEx Cup playoffs. He was revealed as one of six to move on to the series, joining Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri.
The Brisbane native, who won his first major title at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews, is one of 12 major winners to join LIV Golf’s roster and the highest-ranked player on the tour to date.
Although suspended by the PGA Tour, Smith was nominated for Player of the Year following his season-long success, which also included seven top-10 finishes in 18 appearances.
LIV Golf bosses have accelerated the expansion of the 54-hole circuit following the success of the opening invitational tournaments, with next year’s schedule featuring 14 events and an increased total prize pool of $405 million, which could include events in Smith’s homeland of Australia.