‘World’s 2nd’ Smith, received $100 million and eventually went to LIV… PGA, home enforcement ’emergency’

The player who stands out the most on the PGA Tour this year is Cameron Smith (29, Australia). Having accumulated 6 victories on the tour, he took the Open Championship trophy at the major tournament in July, and swept three victories including the ‘fifth major’ Players Championship and Sentry Champions Tournament this season alone. In particular, at The Open held at the Old Course in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland, the birthplace of golf, he set the record of winning the first 20-under of the tournament, breaking the record (19-under) of Tiger Woods (47, USA), the ‘golf emperor’.

But now he won’t be on the PGA Tour. After winning The Open, Smith, who was constantly surrounded by rumors of a transfer to the LIV Golf Invitational Series, eventually abandoned the PGA Tour and confirmed to participate in the 4th LIV Series Tournament, which will be held at The International (par 70) in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA on the 2nd (local time).

Cameron Smith. AFP Yonhap News

Smith is currently ranked second in the world rankings. As a result, he became the highest ranked player among the players transferred to the LIV series. Before Smith transferred, Dustin Johnson (41, USA), who was ranked 22nd in the world, had the highest ranking. Based on his three wins this year, Smith earned $10,107,897 in season prizes. He also finished the Tour Championship in the final round of the FedEx Cup playoffs, and ranked 20th in the rankings, earning a bonus of $64 million (about 856 million won), which was officially announced to join the LIV series as soon as the season ended. Smith earned about $27.03 million (about 36.2 billion won) on the PGA Tour for eight years, and it is known that he received a whopping $100 million (about 133.9 billion won), almost four times that of the transfer fee for the LIV series. He had succumbed to the temptation of a huge sum of money.

The PGA Tour took an emergency as it lost second place in the world. Moreover, as a group of 6 people including Smith and Mark Leishman (Australia), Joaquin Nieman (Chile), Anirvan Lahiri (India), Harold Varner III, and Cameron Tringali (USA) moved to the LIV series, they were restless at the crackdown on the house. to be. The PGA Tour announced on the 25th that it would set up four special tournaments in which 20 ‘special players’ were selected and awarded 100 million dollars to prevent their players from leaving. If you add the four majors, the Players Championship, the three major Invitationals, and the three playoffs, the total prize money for the 17 special events is $20 million, which is similar to the total prize money for the LIV series. Special athletes are obliged to participate in the special competitions, and they only need to participate in 20 competitions per year, including 3 general competitions. In addition, $50 million was distributed to the top 10 players in the FedEx Cup rankings, and the number and amount will be doubled in the future.

Cameron Smith. AP Yonhap News

However, even top stars like Smith are choosing the LIV series despite such a carrot, so more players are expected to leave the PGA Tour.

By Choi Hyun-tae, Senior Correspondent [email protected]

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