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Golf: Can Cameron Smith be the first LIV Major champion?

The PGA Championship is set to get underway on Thursday and Australia’s Cameron Smith will be gunning to be the first LIV player to win a Major.

Smith already has one Major under his belt of course, the Open Championship, which he won at the Old Course at St Andrews in 2022. 

However a lot has changed since then, with Smith opting to join the band of players who switched to LIV golf, turning his back on the PGA Tour. 

Despite the PGA Tour banning all LIV golfers from playing in their events, they are still able to play in the four Majors throughout the year. 

Now all eyes are on the Majors to see which LIV golfer will be the first to scoop the top prize. Next up is the PGA Championship and Smith will be among the players in with a great chance of winning it. 

But of course the competition will be fierce. Even more so these days as the rivalry between the PGA Tour players and those on the LIV Tour is hot.

WhatPGA Championship 
WhereOak Hill East Course
When18th-21st May, 2023
How to watchKayo, Foxtel
OddsJon Rahm 8.00, Scottie Scheffler 9.00, Rory McIlroy 13.00

Smith knows how to win 

Cameron Smith is priced at 29.00 to win the PGA Championship and one thing that weighs heavily in his favour is he knows how to win a Major.  

The 29-year-old took out the Open Championship at St Andrews in 2022 and although the course and conditions at Oak Hill will be completely different, he has the mentality to get the job done. 

Winning a Major involves keeping your cool when the pressure is on and Smith showed such qualities at St Andrews. 

Not only that, Smith has won in the US when taking out The Players Championship, which is commonly known as the ‘fifth Major’, at TPC Sawgrass in March 2022.

Strong competition 

It goes without saying that the competition to win the PGA Championship will be hot, and even if Smith is on top form over the four days, he may need a little luck as well. 

Jon Rahm, who remains a PGA Tour player, won the Masters at Augusta National and is the hot fancy at 8.00 to go on and win the PGA Championship as well.  

However, just behind Rahm was a host of LIV players with Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka tied for second, while Patrick Reed shared fourth. 

Those three players have 11 Majors between them and are sure to be a big threat when it comes to becoming the first LIV player to win a Major. 

Koepka, who has four Majors to his name, can be backed at 23.00. The field at Oak Hill will include a total of 18 players from LIV golf and without doubt Smith is among the best of them. 

Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau, Sergio Garcia and Martin Kaymer will also be competing.

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Smith had a disappointing Masters when finishing tied for 34th on four over-par. He was 16 shots behind the winner Rahm and there will need to be a big improvement if he is to go on and win the PGA Championship. 

However, Smith has been in good touch since then in the three LIV tournaments he has played in. 

He finished tied for third in Adelaide, tied for sixth in Singapore and then tied for fifth in Tulsa. So all in all Smith looks to be in good form heading to Tulsa.

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