Australian star Cam Smith withdrew from this week’s PGA Tour BMW Championship on Monday with a hip injury, organizers have confirmed.
Smith, the recently crowned British Open champion who has been linked with a move to the LIV golf circuit, has been battling a hip problem for months according to agent Bud Martin.
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“He has been suffering from hip and exterior discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedExCup,” Martin said in a statement quoted by media. Americans.
Smith’s withdrawal comes after his hopes of winning last weekend’s St. Jude Championship in Memphis – the first round of the 2022 FedEx Cup playoffs – were hit by a rules violation.
Australia’s world number two was given a two-stroke penalty for misplaced ball before Sunday’s final round.
That meant Smith started the final 18 holes four shots from the lead instead of just two back. Smith eventually finished six shots adrift of winner Will Zalatoris.
The rule-breaking controversy comes as Smith agreed to join the Saudi-backed LIV Golf series with a $140 million signing bonus.
Smith declined to comment on the news last week when questioned by reporters in Memphis.
Smith faced adversity at St Jude when world No 1 Scottie Scheffler walked directly past Smith as he lined up a putt and was heckled by fans throughout the tournament.
But fans were quick to draw parallels between the decision to take time out this week and the seemingly imminent announcement.