Recently crowned Champion Golfer of the Year Cameron Smith has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is preparing to make his reported switch to LIV Golf official.
The Australian has been heavily linked with the Saudi-backed breakaway circuit, with reports emerging that a deal worth more than $100 million to join the Greg Norman-fronted tour has already been agreed.
Smith refused to deny the rumours when grilled after his thrilling win at The 150th Open last month and faced further scrutiny ahead of the FedEx St. Jude Championship after fellow Aussie Cameron Percy suggested he and Marc Leishman were as good as "gone" from the PGA Tour.
Should the reports prove true, the 28-year old could theoretically appear in the next event on the LIV Golf schedule as the Players champion, the Champion Golfer of the Year, the FedEx Cup champion, and the World No. 1. It would be a major body blow for the PGA Tour and following an opening three-under 67 at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, Smith told Sky Sports Golf's Nick Dougherty he is prepared for the backlash.
🗣️ "I'm ready to cop some heat"World No. 2 Cameron Smith drops biggest hint yet that he will be joining LIV Golf ⛳ pic.twitter.com/1xKetYDc1BAugust 11, 2022
"Yeah, I mean it's just their job mate, that's what they are there to do," Smith said of the journalists reporting on the ongoing saga. "They are there to sell stories and I'm sure they have had a few looks at it over the last few days.
"I'm ready to cop some heat and I understand that's where it's at but like I said, I'm here to win the FedEx Cup Playoffs, that's my No. 1 goal and whatever happens after that will come from me."
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A lifelong golf fan, Andy graduated in 2019 with a degree in Sports Journalism and got his first role in the industry as the Instruction Editor for National Club Golfer. From there, he went on to enjoy a spell freelancing for Stats Perform producing football reports, and then for RacingNews365 covering Formula 1. However, he couldn't turn down the opportunity to get back into the sport he grew up watching and playing and now covers a mixture of equipment, instruction and news for Golf Monthly's website and print title.
Andy took up the game at the age of seven and even harboured ambitions of a career in the professional ranks for a spell. That didn’t pan out, but he still enjoys his weekend golf at Royal Troon and holds a scratch handicap. As a side note, he's made five holes-in-one and could quite possibly be Retief Goosen’s biggest fan.
As well as the above, some of Andy's work has featured on websites such as goal.com, dailyrecord.co.uk, and theopen.com.
What's in Andy's bag?
Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub-Zero (9°)
3-wood: TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus (15°)
Driving iron: Titleist U500 (17°)
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro '19 (4-PW)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM9 (50°, 54° and 58°)
Putter: TaylorMade Spider X
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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