Greg Norman, armed with a billion dollar war chest to start his breakaway LIV Golf League, had already lured major champions including Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson as two of his headline acts.
But the Australian legend has revealed the moment he knew Cameron Smith was going to sign was an “oh my gosh” moment and even the “best thing that happened” for the fledgling tour in a move which shook the golf world.
Smith signed late in 2022, for a deal reportedly worth $140 million, after claiming his first major, the British Open, and amid the best year of his career which included winning The Players Championship.
The Queenslander had risen to No.2 on the world rankings and his decision to join the Saudi-backed league earned Smith criticism from plenty including the likes of golfing great Fred Couples.
Norman was well aware of the magnitude of Smith’s signature for LIV and…