Home NEWS Along with four other players, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann join LIV Golf

Along with four other players, Cameron Smith and Joaquin Niemann join LIV Golf

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Long-rumored Australian major champion Cameron Smith and 23-year-old emerging Chilean talent Joaquin Niemann are both on the most recent list of LIV Golf commitments, which has been formally released.

Smith, who defeated Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews last month to win the Open Championship, is the current Players champion as well. He is certainly the highest-ranked player that LIV has signed to date at No. 2 in the World Golf Ranking.

Niemann had not signed a deal with the fledgling circuit as of last weekend, according to the AP, who also claimed that Niemann was having second thoughts about joining LIV Golf. According to the article, he left for Boston on Monday with plans to talk to his father about his future. Niemann decided to join the new league on Monday.

Smith and Niemann, who are both in their twenties, deviate from the stereotype of the traditional LIV golfer, who is often in his or her late 30s or early 40s. The two new signees are not only young, but they have also recently claimed significant PGA Tour victories. In February, Niemann won the Genesis Invitational handily. That same week, LIV Golf suffered greatly as a result of the publication of Phil Mickelson’s inflammatory remarks.

Niemann will now start playing on a separate circuit little over six months from now, and the PGA Tour is likely to suspend him, as it has with other LIV signees in the past. The same is true for Smith and the other four professionals who formally committed to LIV this week: Harold Varner III, Marc Leishman, and Anirban Lahiri. Over the weekend, Cameron Tringale announced via social media that he will also be joining LIV. The six players are anticipated to be this week’s last LIV acquisitions.

Smith’s participation was initially made public shortly after he won the Open Championship, though it had long been speculated. Even St. Andrews asked him a question about it at the title news conference. That evening, in response to a question, Smith snapped, “I just won the British Open and you’re going to ask about that. I think that’s pretty not that good.”

Smith said, “I don’t know mate,” when pushed further. “My team around me worries about all that stuff. I am here to win golf tournaments.”

The 2022 PGA Tour season finished on Sunday night with Rory McIlroy winning at East Lake. The news on Tuesday comes shortly before the next LIV tournament, which begins on Friday just outside of Boston.

The PGA Tour anticipates the Presidents Cup at the end of the month while LIV has two events in September after going a month without holding an event. In light of the recent defections, astute golf spectators are aware that sentence is chaotic on its own.

Smith and Niemann would be crucial members of the International Team lineup. However, considering that the PGA Tour owns and runs the Presidents Cup, it is anticipated that neither Smith nor Niemann, nor even the lower-ranked Leishman and Lahiri, will be permitted to participate in Charlotte.

Original article posted on Golf.com

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