Open champion Cameron Smith says it’s “unfair” if LIV golfers aren’t allowed to play in majors.
The Australian world number two made the switch from the PGA Tour to Saudi Arabia-backed LIV on Tuesday.
LIV players were allowed to compete at the US Open and the 2022 Open, but there is no guarantee they will be allowed at majors in the future.
“For the fans of major championship golf, maybe it’s a little unfair to them,” Smith said.
The 29-year-old added: “I think majors are about having the best guys in the best field on the best golf courses. Hopefully we can sort that out.”
Players must accumulate ranking points to enter Majors, which LIV athletes do not receive.
Smith, who will make his LIV debut at Friday’s LIV Golf Invitational Boston, said, “To play 48 of the best guys in the world and not get any ranking points, I think maybe a little unfair.”
Smith’s compatriot Marc Leishman says the majors could do without top players like Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Sergio Garcia – all of whom play for LIV.
“As for the majors and all of that, I think it could potentially hurt them if some guys might miss out because they’re not being offered world ranking points here,” Leishman said.
“As a golf fan, it’s difficult for the top tournaments, but hopefully it will sort itself out.”
Meanwhile, two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson is “praying” he can still play at the event after his move to LIV.
“It’s a strange situation to be a Masters champion,” said Watson. “Augusta, right now we can play in it and I hope and pray that they make the right decisions and become champions [can play].
“If they tell me I can’t go as a former champion then I don’t want to be there anyway because that’s just the wrong perspective.”
‘You can’t have your cake and eat it’ – Player
Nine-time Major winner Gary Player said LIV players shouldn’t expect to play in Majors after leaving the PGA Tour or DP World Tour to compete in the lucrative series.
“Look, I don’t blame the players for going on the LIV Tour,” the 86-year-old told BBC 5 Live.
“If you’re on the LIV Tour, don’t make a fuss about it! Everyone makes such a fuss! Let her go! If you want to go, go. But the PGA Tour is still the tour around the world where you can pursue and fulfill your dreams and become a champion.
“You won’t stop them from leaving, and you don’t have to worry about them leaving either. Because there are so many wonderful young people filling the vacuum – you still have Tiger Woods, you still have Rory Mcllory. You have Jon Rahm. They have dozens of wonderful players on the regular tour. What’s all the fuss about? let her go
“But if they go, they have declared war on the PGA Tour. You can’t expect to play Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup, play the majors and all that stuff. You can’t have your cake and eat it. This is the bed you chose, this is the bed you must lie in.”