Golf roundup: Cameron Smith wins in second LIV start

AP photo by Charles Rex Arbogast / Cameron Smith poses with the champion's trophy after winning the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago on Sunday in Sugar Hill, Ill.

SUGAR GROVE, Ill. — British Open champion Cameron Smith made his decision to leave the established PGA Tour for a fledgling series pay off Sunday, when he closed with a 3-under-par 69 for a three-shot victory in the LIV Golf Invitational-Chicago.

Smith was only briefly threatened in the third and final round at Rich Harvest Farms. One of the key moments for the 29-year-old Australian was his 10-foot par putt on the 13th hole, and neither Dustin Johnson nor Peter Uihlein could do enough to catch him.

Smith, who finished at 13-under 203 in the 54-hole tournament, won $4 million from the $20 million purse for individual play. At No. 3 in the Official World Golf Ranking, he is the highest-rated player competing in LIV events.

"I think I had to prove to myself and other people that I'm still a great player, I'm still out here to win golf tournaments," said Smith, who adds his first LIV win to six from his PGA Tour career and a pair of Australian PGA Championship victories.