Greg Norman believes signing reigning Open champion Cameron Smith was "the best thing that happened" to the LIV Golf League.
Norman, 68, brought in a number of the biggest and best names from the PGA Tour such as Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau, but it was the signature of his Australian compatriot Smith that gave him the biggest rush.
Smith had already been in talks to join the Saudi-bankrolled circuit prior to his 150th Open Championship victory at St Andrews.
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Norman and Smith then spoke some more, and a signing-on fee was eventually struck in the region of $125m.
It led to an 'OMG' moment for Norman who finally got his man.
Speaking to news.com.au, Norman said:
"I have a lot of respect for all these guys making the decision they made. They made the decision on the presentation that we gave them, the offer we gave them, you respect them for doing that. I respect anybody for making the decision when they know the facts.
"When I started talking to Cam, I didn’t want to push it. These guys have got to find their own way, knowing what is out there. To get from the offer, to signing it, to get to that point, you’ve got to go through a lot. It’s no different to when I signed on as CEO.
"So when I did the presentation to Cam I sat back and let it go and I didn’t I push it at all. We had a couple of conversations. And then when the time came, he was ready. He found the way down that path of the journey he wanted to do. When he came on board. It was like 'oh my gosh', the best thing that happened to us to be honest with you."
Norman was speaking ahead of hosting a LIV Golf event in Australia for the first time next week.
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Smith is the only LIV Golf player to remain inside the Top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR).
Despite some indifferent form since joining LIV Golf, Smith has won once coming in Chicago in September 2022.
He has yet to record a win in 2023.
Smith moved up one spot to fifth in the OWGR following his tie for 34th at The Masters.
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