It may have been golf’s worst-kept secret, but Cameron Smith’s confirmed defection to LIV Golf on Tuesday will still send shivers down spines in the US this week.
The US PGA Tour, from its administrators, to its most loyal members and fans — even to many of those who make a living covering it — have done their best to discredit the Saudi-backed venture since day one.
Many of the arguments that dismissed LIV Golf as a legitimate alternative to the traditional tours held water.
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Three-day tournaments with no cut, nor any world golf ranking points attached, or prestige, remain valid concerns. So does the source of its majority funding, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund.
But in terms of golf alone, the assumption that nothing could possibly be…