‘No regrets’: Cameron Smith talks about LIV golf going over, how the tour is changing golf for the better and what he plans to do on a rare trip back home to Australia
Brisbane-born golf champion Cameron Smith says he has ‘no regrets’ over his controversial move to the LIV tour and that he loves life amid plans for a rare down under reunion after a year of success and big money .
Smith comes home for the Australian summer after a year of career best results and prize money – along with his controversial decision to leave the PGA Tour.
Smith (L) celebrates with 4 Aces GC team captain Dustin Johnson after team LIV golf championship in Miami
The 29-year-old mullet, who will sign with Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed LIV wave for $140 million in August, will play Oceania’s best for the first time in three years, at the Fortinet PGA Championship and the Australian Open.
Still, he says his year was not without a lot of stress leading up to the biggest decision of his life and career.
“I’ve talked to a lot of good people, my mom and dad a lot of good friends,” Smith said.
‘I have absolutely no regrets. In the beginning it was definitely scary to make such a career move, because it was a new tour.
I think the fans love it very much, which is very important for our sport because a lot of people play golf. Even if it’s just for a slap here or there and a beer. The more eyes on golf, the better.’
Peter Uihlein (L), Cameron Smith (C) and Dustin Johnson (R) pose for a stage shot after the Chicago Invitational in September
Smith hosted his first LIV event in September, fending off former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson to rake in a hefty $4 million.
The 2022 British Open champion says he is still friends with many golfers on the PGA tour, and while they may disagree with his decision, they still catch up for a beer and a chat.
Many fellow countrymen have joined Smith on his LIV quest, such as great mate Marc Leishman and tour newbie Jed Morgan.
Smith kisses the Claret Jug in July after winning the 150th British Open – his first major PGA win
Captaining LIV’s Punch GC team, Smith took in an additional $2 million for his runner-up finish at the championship in Miami.
The first major winner and five-time winner of the PGA tour enjoys relaxed LIV style, with course music, larrikin spectators and a DJ after the round.
He says LIV will be a long-term success, but after an influx of startup phase spend, it could take more than 10 years to see a definitive return.
Cam Smith takes his flash fishing boat for a ride next to his home in Jacksonville, Florida
The Aussie star has spent some of his money on hobby fishing boats and fast cars, living a luxurious life in his Jacksonville, Florida home.
Smith also said he can’t wait to return home for “a decent meat pie” and strong coffee.
Returning to his home Wantima Golf Club with the Claret Jug in hand, the Players Champ says he hasn’t turned into a whirlwind of change and success.