The inevitable news that Cameron Smith had moved to the LIV Golf Invitational Series was finally revealed ahead of the Boston Invitational which was won by Dustin Johnson.
The collective sigh could be heard across the golf world as the Champion Golfer of the Year, a player at the peak of his powers, had seemingly chosen the bags of millions that LIV offer over a PGA Tour legacy.
As with all of the other defectors, Smith was suspended by the Tour and he won't be allowed to return as confirmed by Tour commissioner Jay Monahan at the Tour Championship.
As reported by Golfweek, TPC Sawgrass wasted no time in removing Smith's privileges from the famous venue. Back in March, the 29-year-old beat Anirban Lahiri on his way to winning The Players Championship.
Both of these players have made the switch to LIV and TPC Sawgrass has made a switch of their own by removing Smith's personal parking space and replacing it with a sign that reads: "Tour players only."
Sadly, photos of his winning moments have also been taken down from the clubhouse walls and a replica bag with his clubs in has also been removed from the pro shop.
Smith is set to become the latest player to be eradicated from the minds of golf fans who remain fixated on the PGA Tour. It feels like players such as Phil Mickelson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka are distant thoughts now.
After winning the Claret Jug at St Andrews in July, Smith refused to comment on his future. When a player takes a defensive approach toward such a question, it usually only means one thing.
He has kissed goodbye to his place on the International team for the Presidents Cup, which was named today. Lahiri, Marc Leishman and Joaquin Niemann also sealed their fate by joining Greg Norman's controversial new tour.