Golf world reacts to Cam Smith’s surprising decision

"He has been dealing with some on and off hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedEx Cup."
Cameron Smith talks to media during a press conference after winning the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course.

At this point, the golf world is waiting for the official announcement that 2022 British Open champion Cameron Smith is leaving the PGA Tour for the Saudi-backed LIV Golf. While that badly kept secret is still out there, there’s some news about Smith’s involvement in the upcoming BMW Championship that golf fans are taking notice of.

Smith, who comes into this week at No. 3 in the FedExCup standings, has withdrawn from the BMW Championship set to take place this week in Wilmington, Deleware.

“Unfortunately, Cam will be unable to compete in the BMW Championship this week in Wilmington, DE,” read a statement from Bud Martin, who represents Smith. “He has been dealing with some on and off hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedEx Cup.”

While that might indeed be true, the timing of Smith’s withdrawal certainly caught the attention of the golf world. Smith has been rumored to be heading to LIV Golf since early August but has rankled many by refusing to discuss the possibility. Some of his PGA Tour compatriots appear to be displeased with him. The whole drama may have come to a head this past weekend when he was assessed with a two-stroke penalty before his final round for playing the ball from the wrong place when he was in the penalty area, with many wondering if it was some kind of payback from the Tour.

The Telegraph of London has reported that Smith will join LIV Golf with a guaranteed contract of over $100 million. So if this is the beginning of the end between him and the PGA Tour, few people are going to be surprised.

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to sean@thecomeback.com.

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