Open champion Cameron Smith withdraws from BMW Championship due to hip problem just days after reports suggested he has signed lucrative deal to join LIV series
- Cameron Smith has withdrawn from BMW Championship due to a hip problem
- Recent reports suggested world No 2 is set to join the Saudi-backed LIV series
- Smith was criticised after reportedly signing a deal worth more than £83million
Open champion Cameron Smith has pulled out of the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship in Delaware due to hip discomfort, days after reports surfaced about his potential defection to LIV Golf.
It was reported last week that world No 2 Smith — who won the Open at St Andrews last month — has signed a deal worth more than £83million to join the Saudi-backed LIV series. His fellow Australian Cameron Percy has said that he is ‘gone’.
Smith is third in the FedEx Cup standings, 1,132 points behind leader Will Zalatoris, ahead of the BMW Championship which starts on Thursday. His agent Bud Martin said Smith had been battling the injury for some time.
Cameron Smith has pulled out of the PGA Tour’s BMW Championship due to hip discomfort
‘Unfortunately Cam will be unable to compete in the BMW Championship this week in Wilmington, Delaware,’ a statement read. ‘He has been dealing with hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedEx Cup.’
It was reported last week that world No 2 Smith has signed a deal worth more than $100m (£83m) to join the Saudi-backed LIV series
Cameron Percy was heavily critical of Smith’s decision to join the Saudi-backed LIV series
The withdrawal follows a dramatic weekend for Smith, who on Sunday was chasing a world No 1 ranking and was two shots off the lead heading into the final FedEx St Jude Championship.
But he was issued a two-stroke penalty for playing the ball from the wrong place on the fourth hole in his third round. He could not recover from the punishment, finishing in a seven-way tie for 13th.
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