‘No regrets’: Cameron Smith opens up on LIV golf defection, how the tour is changing golf for the better and what he plans to do on the rare trip home to Australia
Brisbane-born golf champion Cameron Smith says he has ‘no regrets’ about his controversial move to the LIV tour and is loving life amid plans for a rare down under reunion after a year of success and big coins.
Smith will return home for the summer in Australia following a year of career-best results and prize money – including his controversial decision to abandon the PGA Tour.
Smith (L) celebrates with 4 Aces GC team captain Dustin Johnson after the team LIV golf championship in Miami
Signed to Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed LIV golf for $140million in August, the 29-year-old mullet man will play Oceania’s best for the first time in three years, at the Fortinet PGA championship and Australian Open .
However, he said that his year was not without a mass of stress leading up to the biggest decision of his life and career.
‘I’ve talked to a lot of good people, my mum and dad a lot of good friends,’ Smith said.
‘I have no regrets. In the beginning it must have been scary to make a career switch like that, this is a fresh tour.
I think the fans love it which is really important for our sport because it gets a lot of people playing golf. Even if it’s just for a slap here or there and having a beer. The more golf eyes the better.’
Peter Uihlein (L), Cameron Smith (C) and Dustin Johnson (R) pose for a podium shot after the Chicago Invitational in September
Smith took his first LIV event in September, ousting former world no.1 Dustin Johnson to pocket a hefty $4million.
The 2022 British Open champion said he remains friends with many golfers on the PGA tour, and even though they may not agree with his decision, they still catch up for a beer and a chat.
Many compatriots have joined Smith on his LIV quest, such as great mate Marc Leishman and tour newbie Jed Morgan.
Smith kissed the Claret Jug in July after capturing the 150th British Open – his first PGA major victory
As captain of LIV’s Punch GC team, Smith earned an additional $2million for finishing second at the championship in Miami.
The first-time major winner and five-time PGA tour winner enjoys LIV’s laid-back style, featuring ambient course music, larrikin spectators and a post-round DJ.
He said that LIV will be a long-term success, but it may take more than 10 years to see a definite return after the influx of spending for the start-up phase.
Cam Smith took his flash fishing boat for a spin near his home in Jacksonville, Florida
The Aussie star spends a portion of his money on recreational fishing boats and fast cars, living a luxurious life at his home in Jacksonville Florida.
Smith also said he couldn’t wait to get home for ‘a decent meat pie’ and strong coffee.
Returning to his home Wantima Golf Club with the Claret Jug in hand, the Players Champ said he had not changed amid the whirlwind of change and success.