Cameron Smith says joining LIV Golf was 'a business decision'

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Australian Cameron Smith said joining LIV Golf was a "business decision" that will also enable him to spend more time in his homeland.

The Open champion was on Tuesday among six new recruits announced by the Saudi-backed breakaway tour and will make his debut in Boston this week.

Smith is reported to have agreed a deal worth over $100million to turn his back on the PGA Tour and sign up for LIV.

The world number two admitted he was lured by a huge payday, but the money was not the only aspect that appealed to him.

He told Golf Digest: “[Money] was definitely a factor in making that decision, I won't ignore that or say that wasn't a reason.

"It was obviously a business decision for one and an offer I couldn't ignore."

America-based Smith added: "I've lived over here seven years now, and I love living in the US, but just little things like missing friends' weddings, birthday parties and seeing your mates having a great time at rugby league games has been tough.

"The biggest thing for me joining is [LIV's] schedule is really appealing. I'll be able to spend more time at home in Australia and maybe have an event down there, as well. I haven't been able to do that, and to get that part of my life back was really appealing."

Smith's compatriot Marc Leishman, along with Joaquin Niemann, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale and Anirban Lahiri, will also make their LIV Golf debuts in Boston, in the three-day tournament that starts on Friday.

Two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson will also make his LIV bow this week as a non-playing captain.