Cameron Smith has dedicated to the rest of the PGA season, despite the Saudi-backed rebel series preparing to unveil new names this week.
The 150th Open champion‘s potential defection to LIV Golf isn’t understood to be imminent, and he’ll compete on the FedEx Cup play-off occasion subsequent month.
Different rebels may very well be added to the roster within the subsequent few days. Telegraph Sport revealed on Sunday how LIV chief govt Greg Norman is pursuing the prospect of a wholly Australian crew together with Smith and Adam Scott.
Smith declined to rule out finally signing as much as his compatriot’s breakaway within the speedy aftermath of staging considered one of the finest back nines in Old Course history.
LIV supremo Norman had been the final Australian to raise the Claret Jug in 1993 and Smith did nothing on Sunday evening to kill rumours he may be part of the rebels.
He initially stated it was “not good” to be requested concerning the breakaway, which has been an unwelcome sideshow this previous week. “I do not know, mate,” he finally replied. “My crew round me worries about all that stuff. I am right here to win golf tournaments.”
Within the wake of Sunday’s consequence, Norman stated on Twitter: “A spectacular last spherical mate. A triumph for you and for Australia as the primary Australian to win in 29 years. You’re in good firm. Take pleasure in each second of your The Open victory.”
Nevertheless, Smith has since advised Australian journalists he’ll play on the FedEx Cup play-off subsequent month. “I feel to win an Open Championship in itself might be going to be a golfer’s spotlight of their profession. To do it round St Andrews, I feel is simply unbelievable,” the Brisbane-born winner stated of his victory on Sunday. “This place is so cool. I like the golf course. I like the city.”
The 28-year-old dashed St Andrews crowd hopes by extending Rory McIlroy’s wait for one more main to 9 years. Nevertheless, there have been no relations current to have fun with Smith as they’d been postpone flying the spherical journey from Queensland. On Monday, his father Des, talking from his residence in Australia, described how the pair had now had an emotional telephone name to atone for Smith’s heroics.
Chatting with Golf Digest, Smith Snr stated: “I used to be bawling my eyes out talking to him. I am so pleased with him. All of the exhausting work he is performed has paid off. Nothing surprises me any extra. He’s so gifted and has put a lot exhausting work in.”
Requested whether or not he was going to observe his son in having fun with some beers to have fun, his father added: “She’s early in the meanwhile, however I may need a couple of XXXX Golds later within the day.”
Smith had paid tribute to his influential father – who has performed off scratch himself – after Sunday’s last spherical, saying: “I actually want he was right here … Dad loves his golf as effectively. It could have been superior.”
His father stated in response: “When he made these 5 birdies in a row, that is once I actually began getting actually excited. I used to be going, ‘Oh God, it is recreation on right here’ after which when he missed the inexperienced on 17 it was one other emotional rollercoaster. I had a chat with him for a few minutes earlier than I broke down. He was having a dig at me for pulling out and never going. I am going to get that for a few months.”
Smith carded a flawless last spherical of 64 – his second such rating within the house of three days – to overturn a four-stroke deficit and win by a shot from taking part in companion Cameron Younger. His complete of 20 beneath par surpassed the earlier greatest for an Open on the Previous Course, set by Tiger Woods in 2000, by one and sealed a 3rd win of the season for the brand new world No2.
Smith began the 12 months with a document 34-under-par successful complete within the Match of Champions in Hawaii following an exciting duel with then world No1, Jon Rahm. Two months later he received the distinguished Gamers Championship at Sawgrass and Sunday’s victory at St Andrews means he joins Jack Nicklaus as the one males to win the Gamers and Open in the identical season.
Nicklaus, whose double was additionally sealed at St Andrews in 1978, has now welcomed Smith into their unique membership. He posted on social media: “Wow, what a again 9 of golf and placing at The Open by Cameron Smith! Simply unbelievable! That was enjoyable to observe. My congratulations to the Champion Golfer of the 12 months, Cam Smith, on successful his first main and at no higher place than the Dwelling of Golf, the Previous Course at St Andrews!”
Nicklaus, who had been in St Andrews to be named an honorary citizen of the city, additionally praised the “super performances” of runner-up Younger and third-placed McIlroy. “Actually, Rory McIlroy performed effectively all day however by no means one-putted a inexperienced, whereas Cam had six on his again 9 alone,” Nicklaus added.
“Cam Smith confirmed what makes the distinction in a match, particularly a significant – who makes the putts coming down the stretch. 30 on the again 9! 64 on Sunday! Unbelievable!”
Smith’s earlier greatest finishes in majors each got here within the Masters as he completed runner-up at Augusta Nationwide in 2020 and was third in April this 12 months. In 2020, with the match held in November because of the Covid-19 pandemic, Smith was one shot behind Dustin Johnson after 9 holes of his last spherical, however may play the again 9 solely in stage par to complete 5 pictures behind the winner.