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Cam Smith has issued a public plea to Augusta National Golf Club not to ban LIV golfers from playing in The Masters.

Under normal circumstances, the Aussie would be exempt for the opening men’s major of the year for at least the next five years following his victory in The 150th Open in July. 

However, his defection to LIV shortly after his win at St Andrews has thrown that into doubt, with the organisers of the majors yet to announce what action – if any – they intend to take against those who play on the Saudi-funded start-up.

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Speaking to ABC Grandstand ahead of last week’s LIV event in Bangkok, Smith – who has four top-10 finishes in his last five Masters appearances – said he hopes that jumping ship won’t come back to bite him.

“I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to get back there,” said the 29-year-old. “It’s a place that I love and I’ve got a pretty good record around there too. It would be heartbreaking if I couldn’t get back there.”

Smith also expanded on some of his reasons for joining LIV, describing the PGA Tour schedule as “brutal”.

“LIV having a smaller schedule condensed down into a small period of time, I think we’ll be quite busy there for four or five months,” he added. “But I’ve been able to have some time off and really develop the game.”

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Smith will be part of the 48-man LIV line-up that contests this week’s seventh event of the season in Saudi Arabia. 

He’ll be hoping for a better week than he enjoyed in Bangkok last week, where he finished a disappointing 42nd. 


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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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