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World’s No. 2 Golfer Joins Saudi-Backed LIV in PGA Defection

  • Cameron Smith from Australia will make his LIV debut in Boston
  • Others moving to upstart golf league include Niemann, Tringale
Cameron Smith
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Cameron Smith, the second-highest ranked player in professional golf, is joining the Saudi Arabia-financed LIV Golf league.

The announcement from LIV on Tuesday confirmed weeks of speculation that Smith was defecting from the PGA Tour in the wake of his victory in the 2022 Open Championship in Scotland. He will be joined by five other players making their LIV debut at an invitational in Boston this weekend. Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson will appear for the first time as a non-playing captain and will contribute to live event coverage, the upstart golf league said.