World number two Cameron Smith joins LIV golf, the Saudi league | Sports

World number two Cameron Smith joins LIV golf, the Saudi league | Sports

World number two Australian Cameron Smith, who won his first Grand Slam at the British Open held last July, officially joined this Tuesday, with another group of golfers, the new and millionaire golf league financed by the Saudi government. Arabia, known as LIV Golf. In addition to Smith, Australian Marc Leishman, Chilean Joaquin Niemann, Indian Anirban Lahiri and Americans Harold Varner III and Cameron Tringale are also joining the competition, as announced by the Saudi league itself, whose circuit this year , consisting of eight events, will distribute a total of $255 million.

Smith, who also won this year’s Players Championship, is the highest ranked player to join LIV Golf to date. The 29-year-old Australian, who has been linked with the Saudi league for weeks, will make his debut at the September 2-4 event at the International Golf Club, just outside Boston. Leishman is a veteran player who has won six PGA Tour victories in his career. Niemann, 23, earned his second victory on the American circuit in February. Lahiri, Varner and Tringale have not won any tournaments on the PGA Tour.

Since last June, the Super League promoted with funds from Saudi Arabia announced the first list of players who were going to play the first of the eight tournaments with which they challenge the American circuit (PGA Tour) and the European circuit (DP World Tour ), the world of golf is at war.

The PGA has suspended golfers who played at the inaugural LIV event in London last June, including Spaniard Sergio Garcia, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson. In a statement released at the time, he reported that LIV participants will not be able to participate in events organized by the PGA because it goes against its rules, which has prompted more than a dozen golfers to sue. the PGA in early August. antitrust rules – among the players who have joined the lawsuit are Mexicans Carlos Ortiz and Abraham Ancer, as well as Phil Mickelson and Bryson De Chambeau.

The LIV distributes, at each of its first seven stages, 23 million euros in prizes, more than the event to the largest prize pool on the PGA Tour, The Players, which distributes 18.5 million euros. In addition, the eighth and final stage of the LIV, which takes place in Miami, will bring in 46.5 million euros.

The PGA measure did not stop long distance players like Sergio García, Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Brooks Koepka, Abraham Ancer or Louis Oosthuizen, who joined LIV. Additionally, the Saudi super league has continued to onboard players, as seen on Tuesday. At the end of July, the American Bubba Watson, winner of two majors, also announced his incorporation into LIV. However, LIV was unable to appeal to Tiger Woods, who rejected an offer between $700 and $800 million from the Saudi millionaire league and decided to stay on the PGA Tour.

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