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Greg Norman helped convince Cam Smith to switch $140 million to Rebellious LIV tour by giving him a perfect call after the Aussie won the British Open
- Cameron Smith Was Convinced To Join LIV Golf By Australian Hero Greg Norman
- The Queenslander got a call from the legend after the British Open
- On Tuesday, LIV announced Smith’s signing for a reported $140 million
- Smith admitted money was ‘a factor’ in his decision to ditch the PGA Tour
A phone call shortly after his British Open win played a big part in convincing Cameron Smith to turn his back on the PGA Tour in favor of LIV Golf – and $140 million.
The man on the other end of the line? Greg Norman.
The Great White Shark has single-handedly led LIV’s hunt for the game’s top talents, with the financial backing of the competition’s Saudi Arabian supporters.
A phone call from Greg Norman convinced Cameron Smith to ditch the PGA Tour for LIV Golf
But in Smith, Norman saw an opportunity to win one of PGA’s top-performing stars at the peak of his ability.
‘Well done Smithy, you’ve joined the club,’ Norman told Australia’s new big winner Sydney Morning Herald. “I’ve always believed in you.”
The Aussie legend then laid a clear field for Smith and the wheels were set in motion for one of the sport’s biggest deals.
The Great White Shark got in touch with the Queenslander after he won the British Open last month
The press quickly picked up on links between Smith and the controversial new golf league, with reports suggesting the Queenslander had been paid a mind-boggling $140 million to disembark.
After weeks of speculation, the sport’s worst kept secret was confirmed on Tuesday night, with Smith being announced as a new signing to the Saud-backed tournament – their biggest signing to date.
His team insisted the move was a “business decision” and despite widespread fan criticism, Smith says that while money was “a factor”, the planning at LIV Golf really appealed to him.
Smith has joined Saudi Arabia-backed competition in a reported $140 million deal
“(Money) was definitely a factor in making that decision, I won’t ignore that,” Smith said.
“The most important thing for me is that (LIV’s) schedule is very attractive. Then I can spend more time at home in Australia and maybe hold an event there.’
Smith joins a host of other top names to defect, including Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Dustin Johnson and Phil Mickelson, as well as European Ryder Cup veterans Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey and Sergio Garcia.