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Ripper GC Captain Cameron Smith is not moving forward in the next rounds at the LIV Golf Miami, as he was unfortunately forced to withdraw from the event. The Australian pulled out before the second round on Sunday due to food poisoning and reportedly missed the pro-am due to his illness. Before WD, he carded 3-over 75 in the opening round, wherein he had shot four birdies, five bogeys, and a double bogey. With the fear of withdrawal now looming over, will it extend to the greens of Augusta as well?

There have been no such announcements so far that would confirm his absence from the 2024 Masters. Smith is expected to recover and make his eighth Masters appearance at Augusta on Thursday, April 11th. Additionally, his name is still not removed from the field on the website, making it quite clear that he will be there to compete with other players. The news was also backed up by a social media post shared by Evin Priest.

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In his past appearances, the LIV golfer has had some great rounds at the Masters. It also includes his best Masters finish in 2020, where he became the first player to record four rounds in the 60s in a single tournament in Masters history and ended up in T2. In 2022, he finished at T3.

Although it could be a rough entry due to his bad health in the first major championship of the year, it would also enhance the LIV champion’s chances of getting into the Paris Olympics. “I have to play well to get Olympic qualification,” he told The Guardian. Also, if Smith recovers enough to perform well in the Masters, it might just bump up his OWGR from 62nd.

However, this is not the first time the LIV golfer has withdrawn from a tournament due to his health issues.

The withdrawal from the BMW Championship 

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In 2022, before defecting to LIV Golf, Cameron Smith withdrew from the BMW Championship because of a hip injury. “He has been dealing with some on-and-off hip discomfort for several months and thought it best to rest this week in his pursuit of the FedExCup,” said his agent, Bud Martin, that year.

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2022–23 was quite a fortunate season for Smith, as he was having the most successful season of his career. He triumphed in both THE PLAYERS and The Open at St. Andrews, followed by a win at the Sentry Tournament of Champions. Unfortunately, due to his lower body discomfort, he was unable to make it through the BMW Championship.

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The golf world must be expecting Smith’s quick recovery from food poisoning and a rocking comeback in his upcoming commitment, the Masters 2024! How he performs there, it remains to be seen!

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