An all-Australian team in LIV Golf is reportedly a “done deal” as the rebel league prepares to announce seven new players immediately after the FedEx Cup play-offs wrap up, with Cameron Smith set to be one of them.
News of Smith’s defection from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-backed breakaway competition sent shockwaves through the sporting world.
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Smith, the world No. 2, would be the highest profile name to join LIV Golf.
When news of his imminent defection was reported, Smith refused to comment as to whether he had inked a reported $AUD145 million deal with LIV Golf.
However, The Telegraph reports the latest set of stars to jump ship, including Smith, will be officially announced on August 29.
And the seven newbies will compete at LIV Boston, the fourth of the eight $36 million tournaments.
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One of those could be the winner of the 2021 Masters, Hideki Matsuyama.
According to respected golf journalist Dan Rapaport, Matsuyama would be “the huge domino to fall”, but it’s not just his golfing ability that makes him such an enticing prospect for LIV Golf.
“Hideki would bring a whole, massive, golf-crazed nation under the LIV fold,” Rapaport said.
“They’d get a TV deal, sponsorships, team owner in Japan no problem.
“Which is why they’re offering him the BAG.”
Another member of the seven who is expected to join is Aussie Marc Leishman.
Leishman’s impending arrival aligns with Rapaport’s claim that an all-Australian LIV Golf team is “essentially a done deal”, as he would link up with Smith and Matt Jones.
One Aussie who had been heavily linked with a move to the breakaway series was Adam Scott, who had previously been in discussions with the Saudi-backed league about joining.
However, it appears almost certain he will not be departing the PGA Tour.