Cameron Smith aiming for Players Championship return – despite ban
Cameron Smith, current Players Championship championthreatened to show up here as a paid crowd member this week despite being banned from the PGA Tour’s flagship event.
Australian indefinitely suspended from US racing after joining LIV Golf after his stunning double victory in that tournament and then at the Open at St Andrews last July.
Smith, world number 5, will be the first winner to miss his Sawgrass exhibition defense due to anything other than injury, but since he lives in the area, he could still show up at the stadium.
“I grew up all my childhood watching this event. I would like to get there. I don’t know how it will be perceived if I go out and watch, walk in the crowd. It can be quite funny, I would love to do it,” he told Golf.com.
“I’m a little unsure about this. I live there now. I don’t know, I’ll definitely watch it on TV. I think it’s a great event.”
While Smith’s comment was clearly ironic, the 29-year-old with the signature mullet is the type of character to pull off such a stunt.
This will embarrass not only the Tour, which is headquartered in the resort of Ponte Vedré, but the club itself after it reportedly ousted Smith from membership and removed his reserved parking space in front of the clubhouse after after he jumped ship to Saudi Arabia. funded league.
LIV is having a bad week ahead of the second tournament of the season in Tucson next week. In all, 31 LIVs played in last year’s Players before their eligibility was revoked. This number includes not only Smith, but also Indian Anirban Lahiri and Englishman Paul Casey, who finished second and third in 2022.