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Open champion Cam Smith has finally joined LIV Golf in what was the worst-kept secret in golf.

For months the PLAYERS champion and current world No.2 had been widely expected to join the Saudi-backed breakaway tour, fuelled by his refusal to answer questions over his future.

In recent weeks he as good as admitted he was heading to the rebel circuit, telling Sky Sports he was “ready to cop some heat”.

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And now his signing has been confirmed in a deal worth a reported $100million.

Smith claimed his decision was as much to do with his desire to spend more time at home in Australia as it was the lucrative contract – but it’s fair to say the response to the news was mixed.

While some criticised the Champion Golfer of the Year, others were more sympathetic.

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Smith’s move makes him the highest-ranked player yet to join LIV, and came amid a signing spree which also included his close friend and fellow Australian Marc Leishman.

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Cameron Tringale, Harold Varner III, Anirban Lahiri and Joaquin Niemann were also revealed to have joined the breakaway tour.

All six will go into the field for this week’s LIV event at The International in Boston.

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