Billy Horschel Calls Cameron Smith Joining LIV Golf “The Biggest Loss” For PGA Tour
The struggle continues for the PGA, as more players continue to depart to join Saudi-backed LIV Golf. The new circuit announced that 2022 Open Champion Cameron Smith is the latest to leave the PGA Tour. Among those joining Smith are Joaquin Nieman, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, India’s Anirban Lahiri, and Australia’s Marc Leishman. Fellow Ponte Vedra resident Billy Horschel said during an interview that it would be “the biggest loss” if PGA Tour were to lose Smith.
“If he happens to go, he would be the biggest loss in my mind because you look at his age and what he’s accomplished. Look at the person he is. He’s a great kid and represents himself very well, and he does it the right way. If he happens to go, it would be the biggest loss because I’m biased. He’s one of my best friends.”
LIV Golf CEO and Commissioner Greg Norman issued a statement, praising the “best and the brightest” for continuing to join LIV.
“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league is attracting the world’s best players and will grow the game into the future for the next generation. The best and the brightest continue to embrace the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we’re building: a tangible league for team golf that will connect with new audiences all over the globe. We can’t wait to tee off this week at The International and deliver another memorable event experience for fans.”
Smith, 29, emerged as one of PGA Tour’s best players since joining the league 2015. A six-time winner, he won his first major title at the 150th Open Championship. Smith is also ranked No. 2 in the Official World Golf Ranking, and has two international victories for winning the Australian PGA Championship in both 2017 and 2018.
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