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Cameron Smith wins his first LIV golf event in Chicago by three shots

Cameron Smith, who claimed his maiden LIV Golf victory on Sunday, said a decision on whether he and other participants in the Saudi-backed series would receive world ranking points would have to be made soon.

LIV Golf, which held its fifth event in Chicago this week, applied in July for recognition in the world golf rankings – which plays a key role in deciding who gets into golf’s four majors – and its file is still under review.

Smith was one of 12 big champions in the 48-man LIV golf field at Rich Harvest Farms this week, where he secured a three-shot win.

“I suppose there’s a lot at stake with ranking points, getting into the majors and things like that,” Smith, who, with his win at the British Open in July, has secured exemption from golf’s four majors for at least the next earned five years.

“There has to be (a solution) pretty soon, I think. The field here is strong enough and deep enough to justify that, and hopefully soon.’

LIV Golf has lured players away from the PGA Tour with staggering sums of money, but the windfall could cost those who still want to play the Masters, PGA Championship, US Open and British Open.

Majors organizers haven’t changed their qualification rules, but Smith, who earned $4 million from his LIV Golf win and is ranked third in the world, could one day find himself on the outside as he’s no longer can earn world ranking points.

Smith won two of the biggest events on the PGA Tour calendar in 2022 after triumphing at the Players Championship and the British Open, and the Australian admitted he felt the pressure to deliver early in his LIV Golf career.

“I feel like I have to prove to myself, and probably more to other people, that I’m not a worse player just because I switched tours,” Smith said.

“I’m still out here to win. That’s what we’re all here for. Hopefully we can continue that.’

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