Cameron Smith surprised many after he decided to go to LIV Golf. Smith spoke about his decision to The Sydney Morning Herald. "I’ve always had respect for Rory and I’ve liked what he says on the golf course,"-Smith said, as quoted by golfmonthly.com.
"He said, ‘congrats’. There were maybe a couple of little jabs in there. He was happy I played well and it was a good tournament. Then we talked about the PGA Tour and LIV. There was a bunch of stuff he wanted me to know before I made my decision.
I wouldn’t say he tried to directly talk me out of it, but he definitely wanted me to stay." Smith had a lot of pressure from the media. There were rumors that he would leave the PGA Tour, but no one believed that it would actually happen.
"I just won the British Open, and you’re asking about that. I think that’s pretty not that good."- Smith said so at the time.
He thought for a long time about what to do. In the end, he chose LIV Golf as the best option for himself.
"It felt like I didn’t sleep for a few months. I was constantly thinking, ‘what will other people think?’ That was a really big factor for me. I feel like I do most things by the book and to be one to step away...
was really tough for me." Cameron was not happy with the PGA Tour's policy. "For me, the PGA Tour is a great place. It’s a great Tour that does really good things. But as you look back, Adam (Scott) has been one of the best golfers in the world for 20 years and I just think it’s really weird for them (PGA Tour) to not have an event (in Australia) just because of him,” Smith said.
"Then you have Jason (Day), Marc (Leishman), there’s a bunch of guys they could have done so much for. The Aussie crowd gets around it so much... But I just don’t think it’s that profitable for them and that’s kind of the reason behind it all."