Cameron Smith has leapt to the defence of Greg Norman as the LIV Golf commissioner faces question marks over his future with the new league.

Smith sat with reporters on Monday at the Open Championship as its defending champion and was asked if he’d like to see Norman, himself a two-time Open champion, remain as LIV’s commissioner.

Norman was not mentioned in the announcement of a framework agreement between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the PGA Tour. The PGA Tour, when it was drawing up its agreement with PIF, attempted to negotiate Norman’s exit.

But Smith says his fellow Australian should stay at the helm.

“Yeah, I think I’ve kind of become a bit of a friend of Greg’s, I guess, the last eight or nine months,” Smith said at Royal Liverpool. “Personally I think he’s doing a great job for our tour. He’s looking out for our best interests. That’s all you can ask of a guy that’s running the show. I’d love to see him keep on [as LIV commissioner].”

Smith played a practice round on Monday afternoon alongside Brooks Koepka, Ryder Cup USA captain Zach Johnson and Adam Scott.