Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman will join LIV Golf. This was confirmed by Cam Percy for RSN Radio. "Unfortunately, yeah. They're gone," he said as quoted by golfmonthly. Smith was asked if he would be joining LIV Golf, but seemed furious at the question; "I just won the British Open, and you're asking about that.
I think that's pretty.... Not that good. I don't know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I'm here to win golf tournaments." Percy spoke about the morality of the decision for individuals to join LIV Golf, especially considering that this tournament is supported by Saudi Arabia.
"The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care," he said. "It really comes down to, you know, ‘they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off’.
They’re not the nicest people in the world. Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is."
Ian Baker-Finch on Smith's decision
Ian Baker-Finch believes that Smith will make a mistake if he chooses LIV Golf.
"I don’t think he needs the money. I don’t think it is going to be something that he should do. He will be a $100 million guy or more now. Does he want to win more Majors or does he want the money? I am hoping he stays and leaves a great legacy like a Tiger Woods or Rory McIlroy."
He emphasized that players lose a lot by performing at LIV Golf. "The guys who go join LIV are going to miss out on the grind, what it takes to be a champion, to play in the great tournaments against the great players.
It's hard work. You’re not going to become a better player by going and playing 54 hole exhibition matches and getting paid $150,000 to finish last."