Open champion Cameron Smith refuses to deny LIV Golf deal as $100m rumours persist

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Cameron Smith won the Open earlier this year  (PA)
Cameron Smith won the Open earlier this year (PA)

Open champion Cameron Smith has again refused to confirm he has agreed to join LIV Golf, amid reports he has signed a $100million-plus deal to defect to the Saudi-backed rebel series.

Just a month after Smith won the Claret Jug at St Andrews, the world No2 is expected to join LIV in what would be a major coup for the controversial breakaway series.

Fellow Australian player Cameron Percy said yesterday that Smith has agreed to join up.

But speaking ahead of the FedEx Cup St Jude Championship, Smith said: “My goal here is to win the FedEx play-offs.

“If there’s something I need to say regarding the PGA Tour or LIV, it will come from Cameron Smith, not Cameron Percy. I’m a man of my word and whenever you guys need to know anything it will be said by me.”

A formal announcement is not expected until the three-week FedEx Cup play-off series has finished.