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For those wondering why Cameron Smith joined the Saudi Arabia-backed LIV golf series, he gave reasons worth A$6 million on Monday AEST.

Winning at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago, he earned the biggest payday for his swing at golf this year – better than the A$5.3 million he earned winning The Players and A$3.7 million at The Open.

The prize money he has now won in his opening two LIV tournaments (A$7,473,592) makes a mockery of the A$15,070,783 he earned in 18 PGA Tour events last season.

But the other compelling reason to forget the A$140 million buy-in for a moment is the top 10 rankings from the two rival golf tournaments that wrapped up over the weekend.

While some of the PGA’s top players were cooling their heels ahead of this week’s Presidents Cup, and others such as Rory McIlroy and John Rahm missed the tournament in California, Chicago had a who’s who of golf.

At the Silverado Resort in Napa, California, Max Homa celebrated a one-stroke victory over England’s Danny Willett after the former Masters champion three-putted from close range on the final hole to hand the American the Fortinet title. He took home A$2.14 million for the win – almost A$4 million less than Smith.

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Out of the top 10, Homma was the highest-ranked player in the PGA at No. 22 in the Official World Golf Ranking. 2021 Masters champion Hideki Matsuyama was the highest-ranked player at No. 16.

Rickie Fowler, joint sixth with Sahit Theegala (55th), was the biggest name but has slipped to 185th in the world after a terrible couple of years.

Willett, a 34-year-old Englishman, is ranked 149th and has only finished in the top 10 at a major tournament twice since his incredible run at the 2016 Masters.

By comparison, the 13-year-old Smith, who picked up his first LIV Golf Series win in just his second tournament, came into a field stacked with golf’s biggest names.

Rounding out the top 10 in Chicago were No. 2 Dustin Johnson, Sergio Garcia, Joaquin Niemann, Louis Oosthuizen, Charles Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau.

Six years under Mickelson’s 66, a top-10 finish in the final round showed that the 52-year-old is no old used commodity.

Cameron Smith poses with the trophy on the podium with Dustin Johnson and Peter Whelein at Rich Harvest Farms. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: AFP

But Smith’s stunning three days also shed light on the amount of golf played on the PGA Tour, which has seen a number of big names drop out.

Australia’s Adam Scott said earlier this year that the LIV Golf Series was “very attractive” due to lower taxation.

“I think the schedule they’re offering is very attractive, probably for most golfers, I think depending on your goals in golf, I think the schedule is very attractive, so from that point of view I would think do it for sure,” he told Australian reporters ahead of the Genesis Open in February.

“Based on the lifestyle, yes.”

Cameron Smith celebrates with Greg Norman after winning the LIV Golf Invitational in Chicago at Rich Harvest Farms on September 18, 2022. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Speaking after his victory in Chicago, Smith said he hoped his victory so soon after joining the controversial tour would silence his critics who believed he was obsessed with money.

“I think I needed to prove to myself and other people that I’m still a great player, I’m still here to win golf tournaments,” Smith said.

“I’m proud of the way I hung in there today. Didn’t have my best stuff for eight or nine holes, but stuck in contact and hit some good shots going in. It was nice.”

Smith celebrated the victory with tour organizer Greg Norman.

And while beer won’t be drunk from the trophy like the Claret Jug, the Open winner said he will enjoy “a couple of beers” despite it being after his biggest payday yet.

“We can’t put beers in this trophy, that would be a bit difficult,” he said.

“I’m sure it will be late.”


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