Former Masters champion and World No.1 Adam Scott has stated Cameron Smith knew the sacrifices and risks involved with moving to the controversial LIV Golf Tour.
Speaking to the media ahead of the Sony Open in Hawaii, Scott said it would be unfortunate if Smith, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones became ineligible for the Australian golf team at the Olympics in 2024.
However, the 42-year-old admitted that his fellow countrymen knew that major championship and big event participation were in jeopardy by moving to the tour commissioned by Greg Norman, as well as giving up Official World Golf Rankings points for a sustained period.
Smith will line up at The Masters in April with Scott, but there is uncertainty over the other three major events to come. That being said, he is The Open champion so we can expect to see him tee off at Royal Liverpool in July.
Scott, who became just the seventh player to reach the $60 million mark in PGA Tour earnings at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, also weighed in on the OWGR debate.
Jon Rahm was once again left frustrated last week. He won his eighth Tour title and his third victory in his last five starts but since the first of this sequence at the acciona Open de Espana, he has only risen one place from 6th to 5th.
This has raised questions over the points weighing at each event and the consideration of quality and quantity in the field. One stark comparison was made with the RSM Classic and the DP World Tour Championship at the end of 2022.
The event in Dubai had seven of the world's top 25 players, albeit a smaller field, and there were fewer ranking points on offer than the RSM Classic which had no top 25 players involved.