Open Champion Cameron Smith Beats Dustin Johnson to Win First LIV Golf Event

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Open champion Cameron Smith has won his first LIV Golf trophy and four million dollars (£3.5 million) in prize money in just his second start in the competition.

The Australian, who left the PGA Tour for the controversial Saudi-backed tournament after becoming the world’s number two – the highest-ranked player to enter – finished with a three-under 69 for a triple win over the Chicago Invitational.

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The 29-year-old was briefly threatened on the third and final round at Rich Harvest Farms, but he re-established his lead with a birdie on 17th to ensure neither Dustin Johnson nor Peter Uihlein could catch him.

The Americans came in second after birdied each on the par-5 18th hole. Johnson finished with 70 while his compatriot Uihlein finished with 69 – both made $1,812,500 (£1,589,417) from the $20 million (£17.5 million) purse

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Johnson is the only player from the 48-man field to finish in the top 10 at every LIV Golf event, and he remains one of the key players to sign up.

The 38-year-old is a two-time major champion who has been the world number one for longer than any player since Tiger Woods.

Cameron Smith, winner of the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago tournament, with Peter Uihlein (left) and Dustin Johnson (Charles Rex Arbogast/TBEN)

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The next LIV Golf event is in Bangkok in three weeks.

The series will not return to America until the final team event at Trump Doral near Miami in October.

In addition to Smith and Johnson, the Saudi-backed rebel tour has also attracted well-known Americans Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau.