With just two days remaining until LIV Golf Las Vegas, concerns loom over the participation of Cameron Smith, the leading captain of Ripper’s GC, who has been battling an eye disease. Smith was spotted wearing sunglasses during the season opener at El Camaleon, Mayakoba, raising questions about his condition and its potential impact on his performance in the upcoming event on the 2024 Super Bowl’s turf.

Cameron Smith’s Battle with Eye Disease Ahead of LIV Golf Las Vegas

At the Greg Norman-designed El Camaleon Mayakoba GC, Smith’s decision to wear sunglasses throughout the round sparked curiosity among spectators. While it initially seemed like a precautionary measure against the sun, it was later revealed that Smith was suffering from Pterygium, also known as Surfer’s Eye, a condition characterized by the growth of blood vessels on the conjunctiva due to prolonged exposure to UV rays.

Despite the discomfort caused by the eye disease, Smith managed to secure a top-10 finish at the LIV Golf Mayakoba event. However, his performance was not without challenges, as reflected in his mixed results over the tournament’s duration.

Smith’s first round was characterized by an indifferent play, with five birdies offset by a bogey on the 18th hole, resulting in a score of 2 under 69. Subsequent rounds saw varying degrees of struggle, with Saturday’s play witnessing no consecutive birdies and a double bogey on the par-4 16th, culminating in a score of 1 under 70.

Despite these setbacks, Smith showcased his resilience on the final day, shooting an impressive 7 under 67, the best score among his teammates. His remarkable performance, marked by five consecutive birdies, propelled him to a T8 finish on the leaderboard, just five strokes behind the leader.

While Smith’s condition may pose challenges for his performance in the upcoming LIV Golf Las Vegas event, there has been no official announcement regarding his withdrawal or surgery. With his determination and competitive spirit, Smith remains a contender to watch as he looks to overcome adversity and make his mark on the course in Vegas.

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