Six Top Players leave the PGA tour and Join LIV Golf

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Six players, including Joaquin Niemann and British Open champion Cameron Smith, have switched from the PGA Tour to the Saudi-funded LIV Golf

Australian Smith, who is 29 years old, moved up to No. 2 in the world rankings. The PGA circuit has been losing top players to LIV Golf, which is supported by Saudi Arabia

Joaquin Niemann of Chile, Harold Varner III, Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman of Australia, and Anirban Lahiri of India are also joining LIV Golf

The six golfers will compete in LIV Golf's fourth event, which begins on Friday at The International outside of Boston, according to the company

The biggest loss for the PGA Tour is Australian Smith. Smith is a six-time PGA Tour champion who is well-liked by both supporters and rival players

The Daily Telegraph stated that Smith received a $150 million signing bonus. At each LIV Golf Invitational event, players compete for a share of $25 million in prize money in addition to their large signing bonuses

Players that participated in LIV Golf tournaments without receiving releases for conflicting events were suspended by PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan