LIV Golfer Cameron Smith confirms his presence at the 2023 Asian Tour ‘s flagship event PIF Saudi International


LIV Golfer Cameron Smith confirms his presence at the 2023 Asian Tour ‘s flagship event PIF Saudi International

The star lineup at the PIF Saudi International of the Asian Tour got another addition, with Australian golfer Cameron Smith joining in. The British Open winner and World No. 3 has confirmed his presence for the first event of this season’s Asian Tour 2023.

Smith will join defending tournament champion Harold Varner III and 30 other top-ranked players on this Tour. The event will be held at the Royal Green Golf and Country Club, Jeddah, from February 2 to 5.

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Cameron Smith has been in his best form yet, having recently won the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship for the third time last November. His joining would add boost the Asian Tour and LIV Golf circuit.

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Cameron Smith joins the Asian Tour 2023 season starting with the PIF Saudi International

Cameron Smith [Source: Golf Digest]

Cameron Smith is amongst the latest league of golfers to join the Asian Tour, starting with the PIF Saudi Arabia International. The event is powered by Softbank Investment Advisers and has a massive prize purse of $ 5 million. The Australian World No. 3 will join alongside Harold Varner III, reigning champion from the 2022 season.

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Joining the Asian Tour and the Saudi International, Smith says,

“The Saudi International regularly has one of the biggest line-ups of the season. It’s always good to play in a world-class field, I am looking forward to taking on some familiar faces and also competing with the best that the Asian Tour has to offer. I had a great experience at the Royal Greens last year and hopefully, I can take it to the next level this year.”

The event has a huge legacy, with several top-ranking golfers winning it in previous editions. Past champions include two-time Major winner Dustin Johnson, who won the 2019 and 2021 editions, 2010 US Open champion Graeme McDowell and the reigning champion Harold Varner III.

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Majed Al-Sorour, the CEO and Deputy-Chairman of Golf Saudi, expressed his delight with the star lineup ranking. He said: “The combination of world-class golfers and mass participation programmes we have developed are helping us to grow the game in the Kingdom, and year on year we have seen more and more first-time golfers and schools taking up this wonderful sport.

LIV Golf has backed the Asian Tour since 2022, and this year will mark the second season of the LIV Golf-supported International Series. This series sets to rejuvenate a groundbreaking set of elevated events for Asia, with tournaments having prize money worth $2 million or above. The International Series aims to help the game of golf gain broader acceptance in Asia and the Middle East.

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