British Open champion Cameron Smith has again failed to deny he’d signed a big-money deal to join Greg Norman’s LIV Golf circuit but declared any news will “be said by me”.
The world No.2 also gave a frosty return serve to fellow Aussie Cameron Percy, who told Melbourne radio on Tuesday that Smith was “gone” and would join LIV.
Smith was questioned ahead of the opening event of the FedEx Cup playoffs after a report in the UK’s Telegraph that he had signed a $140m deal to join Norman’s Saudi-backed outfit and would be playing an event in September.
It was reported Smith and Norman had been speaking before his British Open triumph at St Andrews, with speculation he and good friend Marc Leishman are set to join LIV.
But Smith also said he “absolutely” intended to play the Presidents Cup, being played at Quail Hollow from September 22-25, which he would not be able to do should be play in the next LIV event in Boston, which starts on September 2.
Despite that, the world No.2 refused to confirm or deny any such move and hit back at Percy for speaking on his behalf.
“My goal here is to win the FedExCup Playoffs. That‘s all I’m here for. If there‘s something I need to say regarding the PGA Tour or LIV, it will come from Cameron Smith, not Cameron Percy,” Smith said.
“I’m a man of my word and whenever you guys need to know anything, it’ll be said by me.”
Smith said he had “no comment to that” when asked again if he would “say yes or no” to the Telegraph report.
“Like I said, I’m here to play the FedExCup Playoffs. That‘s been my focus the last week-and-a half, that’s what I’m here to do, I’m here to win the FedExCup Playoffs.
“And like I said, it will come from me, it won’t come from Cameron Percy.”
Smith is expected to spearhead the international team at the Presidents Cup and maintained his desire to do so, which could be impacted by any decision to join LIV.
“That‘s something that we’ve been looking forward to for the last three years,” he said.
“We missed a year because of Covid and that’s something that I look forward to being a part of.”
It was reported he would join Norman’s group after the Tour Championship at the end of August, and before the Presidents Cup.
Smith is playing his first event since his triumph at St Andrews, his first major championship win.