According to Golf Channel, Cameron Smith and five other PGA Tour professionals will join LIV Golf next week, with sources confirming that Cameron Smith, Mito Pereira, Marc Leishman, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale and Joaquin Niemann are set to join the Saudi Arabia. sustained series.
Suspicions arose after No Laying Up tweeted seven names of current PGA Tour players who could be used to get a discount at LIV Golf’s event in Boston. In the tweet, Cameron Young’s name was also mentioned, however, multiple sources reported that he would not be in Boston in early September.
If the reports are true, it would be a blow to the International Presidents Cup team, where Smith, Niemann and Pereira were already automatic qualifiers. International team captain Trevor Immelman has previously said that LIV Golf is “a giant pain in my ass”, and that seems to be even more the case now after the Golf Channel report.
Moreover, Niemann, who is still believed to be very conflicted, was asked about a potential transfer to the Tour Championship, with the Chilean saying: “I haven’t made my decision yet. Obviously there are some things I have to see from first. But I’m not thinking about that right now. I want to finish the playoffs and then see what my decision will be.
If he were to move to LIV Golf, he would undoubtedly be another loss for the international Presidents Cup team, who could also be without Anirban Lahiri, after being one of the names included in the codes of reduction and would have been linked to LIV.
As rumors fly left, right and center, LIV Golf teams are set to undergo a rebranding spearheaded by their captains ahead of the launch of the LIV Golf League next February.
Golf Monthly understands that the majority of LIV’s 12 teams will be rebranded as team captains get their say. LIV captains have an equity stake in their teams and have been given the freedom to have as many contributions as they want, with some particularly keen to show off their creative side, as well as bring in sponsors and others opportunities.