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Cam Smith’s love for NRL played a part in his decision to earn $140 million to join the LIV tour

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Cam Smith’s love for the NRL played a part in his controversial decision to earn $140 million to participate in Greg Norman’s rebel golf series – as another Australian star responds with a hilarious tweet

  • Cameron Smith Has Finally Announced His Rebellion Of The LIV Golf Series
  • Queenslander said he misses living in Australia and attending live NRL games
  • British Open winner is joined by fellow Aussie Mark Leishman on LIV tour

The love of attending football games with his friends was a factor in Cameron Smith’s defection to the controversial LIV Golf series.

The massive $140 million deal to leave the PGA Tour was clearly significant, but the world No. 2 also stressed that tour scheduling flexibility proved critical to his move.

‘[Money] was definitely a factor in making that decision, I won’t ignore that or say it wasn’t a reason,” Smith said Australian Golf Digest.

“It was clearly a business decision and an offer I couldn’t ignore. The most important thing for me to join is [LIV’s] schedule is really attractive.

‘In Australia I can spend more time at home. I couldn’t do that, and to get that part of my life back was motivating.”

A penchant for attending NRL matches with his friends in Queensland was a factor in Cameron Smith’s defection to the controversial LIV Golf series

World number two golfer Cameron Smith is an avid supporter of the Brisbane Broncos (pictured playing Parramatta this year)

World number two golfer Cameron Smith is an avid supporter of the Brisbane Broncos (pictured playing Parramatta this year)

Smith added that he’s loved living in the US for over seven years, but “little things like missing friends’ weddings, birthday parties and seeing your friends having a great time at rugby league games is difficult’.

In what has been golf’s worst kept secret, Smith, 29, has finally confirmed that he will compete in the LIV Tour on Tuesday, putting an end to the constant recent speculation.

The British Open winner is joined by fellow Aussie Mark Leishman in a key coup for Norman.

Golf stars Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Patrick Reed previously pledged their future to the Rebel tour, sending a shockwave through the sport.

LIV Golf was also in talks with Australian Adam Scott, according to News Corp, but the 2013 Masters champion chose to remain loyal to the PGA Tour alongside Tiger Woods.

Smith’s decision to join the LIV Golf tour will receive a lot of negative headlines, given repeated accusations that they are using sports to wash Saudi Arabia’s poor human rights record.

The massive $140 million deal to leave the PGA Tour was clearly significant, with the British Open winner (pictured) also pointing to the tour's flexibility where Greg Norman is the CEO proved crucial in his decision.

The massive $140 million deal to leave the PGA Tour was clearly significant, with the British Open winner (pictured) also pointing to the tour’s flexibility where Greg Norman is the CEO proved crucial in his decision.

Norman was delighted on Tuesday as he toasted LIV Golf’s crowning achievement to date.

“LIV Golf shows the world that our truly global competition attracts the best players in the world and will grow the game in the future for the next generation,” he said.

“The best and brightest continue to embrace the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we are building: a tangible team golf competition that will reach new audiences around the world.”

Australian journeyman Greg Chalmers hilariously weighed in on the Smith defector talk tweet he is now “closer to my dream of being (the) highest ranked Aussie on tour.”

The 48-year-old, who has won the Australian Open twice, is about to retire.

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