Watch Cameron Smith explain his LIV Golf decision on eve of The Masters

Reigning Open champion Cameron Smith defends his reasoning for leaving the PGA Tour ahead of playing in first Masters as a LIV golfer.

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Tue, 4 Apr 2023
Watch Cameron Smith explain his LIV Golf decision on eve of The Masters

For the first time since joining Greg Norman's league, reigning Open champion Cameron Smith will compete at a major as a member of LIV Golf, and the Australian appears to be more than content regarding his decision. 

When asked by Sky Sports Golf at Augusta National on Monday if he was happy with the move seven months after the news of his official departure broke, Smith was short and concise with his answer. 

"Absolutely. Wouldn't change a thing," the 29-year-old said. And his reasoning for the decision? Smith still stays it was due to the ability of being in Australia more often and with friends and family.

Smith did, however, make a shocking revelation about LIV Golf prior to The Masters. 

In addition to less golf tournaments on the LIV schedule than that of the PGA Tour's, Norman's league plans to make a stop at Smith's home country for a tournament later this month while there are no plans in sight for the PGA Tour to add an Australian stop to theirs. 

Smith reiterated he was happy with his decision but admitted he does miss a couple of the PGA Tour tournaments like The Players Championship, which he was unable to defend this year. 

After winning the Open Championship at St Andrews in July, Smith finished the PGA Tour season and then shortly after he was announced as LIV Golf's latest and most newsworthy recruit. He quickly earned his first individual LIV win at the Chicago event but has largely struggled since, coming up with just one top 10 in the five events since then between both last season and the current one. 

He's heading into his first major since joining LIV after finishing 29th in Orlando last week. Despite not playing his best golf as of late, Smith has been one of the best Masters players without a win in the past few years, with back-to-back top-five finishes in 2022 and 2021. 

With the first meeting of LIV and PGA Tour players of 2023 happening this week at the Masters, Smith might be Norman's best chance at proving that LIV is just as competitive as the PGA Tour.