Cam Smith throws help behind beleaguered Greg Norman


Cameron Smith has thrown his backing behind beleaguered LIV Golf boss Greg Norman amid uncertainty over the way forward for the previous Australian {golfing} nice as head of the Saudi-backed tour.

The British Open champion is adamant he desires to see the final Australian winner of the Claret Jug earlier than him keep on because the driving power behind LIV.

However Norman’s place because the tour’s CEO has been the topic of a lot hypothesis for the reason that current particulars of the proposed merger between the PGA, European and LIV excursions materialised.

The 68-year-old two-time British Open champion wasn’t named within the joint statements launched by the merging organisations, nor listed as a member of the brand new unified board.

The absence of his identify solely elevated the widespread strategies that Norman, who’d been the unique driving power behind the transfer, has turn out to be a marginal determine within the LIV {golfing} hierarchy.

Paperwork launched this month by the US senate committee investigating the deal then revealed the PGA Tour had sought a facet settlement for Norman to be sidelined.

However fellow Queenslander Smith, one in every of LIV’s most high-profile recruits final August after he received the British Open a month earlier, insisted at his pre-Open press convention on Monday that Norman was doing an amazing job with the breakaway tour.

“I’ve sort of turn out to be a little bit of a pal of Greg’s, I assume, the final eight or 9 months,” he informed reporters.

“Personally, I believe he’s doing an amazing job for our tour. He’s looking for our greatest pursuits. That’s all you’ll be able to ask of a man that’s operating the present.

“Yeah, I’d like to see him carry on.”

And requested about the way forward for LIV in any doable merger, the 29-year-old added: “Yeah, completely I’m optimistic. I believe golf is in an amazing spot.

“There’s clearly loads of issues which are up within the air that no-one actually is aware of in the meanwhile.

“I don’t even suppose the fellows which are making an attempt to type it out actually know what this consequence goes to be like. Lots of uncertainty, however I’m optimistic LIV will likely be round sooner or later.”