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Cam Smith claims his friendship with Patrick Reed is finished as tensions rise at Presidents Cup



Emotions are running high at this week’s Presidents Cup, and Cameron Smith has continued his back and forth with Patrick Reed ahead of the opening day from Royal Melbourne, claiming that their friendship is now a thing of the past.

The Australian accused Reed of cheating at last week’s Hero Challenge, an accusation Reed took umbrage with, who dismissed those claims from the 26-year-old on Monday.

Speaking to the media at this week’s Presidents Cup, Smith described how tensions are reaching boiling point down under after both men’s disagreement on the incident, per the AFP.

“I’m sure he didn’t like it. I think there is a little bit of tension there. I’ve looked at Patrick a couple times but he hasn’t looked back. I’m looking forward to the weekend.”

But don’t expect Smith to make the first move in putting to bed their current quarrel, who added that he wouldn’t be going out of his way to speak to Reed this week, and how their friendship has disintegrated over the dispute which began last weekend.

“I definitely won’t go out of my way. I think our friendship, I guess, is not quite there anymore. I’m here to do a job for Ernie and that’s all I’m focusing on. I think it’s case of team versus team, what’s right and what’s wrong.”

Anyone for a Smith-Reed singles match at this week’s Presidents Cup?

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected]



  1. CamTheSham

    Dec 31, 2019 at 9:55 am

    I am sure Patrick lost some sleep.

    Cam should really reconsider any friendship with the person who told him he should wear a flat bill.

  2. Sam

    Dec 24, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Hamburger-and-fries with a ‘diet’ coke Fatty Patty Reed



    • Sam got no life

      Dec 27, 2019 at 5:27 pm

      Fatty Patty Reed spanked Sam’s monkey!

  3. y2zar

    Dec 17, 2019 at 6:24 am

    Friendship ended with ?M?u?d?a?s?i?r Patrick, now S?a?l?m?a?n Ernie is his best friend


    Dec 16, 2019 at 10:20 pm

    It’s a bird…..It’s a plane…..No……it’s SUPER RAT!!

  5. jgpl001

    Dec 16, 2019 at 2:47 am

    Cameron Who?
    I am sure Reed is devastated..

  6. CrashTestDummy

    Dec 16, 2019 at 12:47 am

    Oh, come on. Hug it out like Spieth and Reed. Lol.

  7. Terry

    Dec 15, 2019 at 11:31 pm

    Hilarious “I love me some me” Im so tuff Thomas lost to nobody Cam ha ha

  8. A. Commoner

    Dec 15, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    Why such nastiness? In a broad sense; please, show some civility and charity.

    • A. Commoner's Mom

      Dec 15, 2019 at 10:11 pm

      It’s time for bed little rat face. Get ready for your sponge bath!

  9. Rich Douglas

    Dec 15, 2019 at 3:10 pm

    Shhhh. I’m busy looking for someone who cares what some guy named Cameron Smith says. I’ll be awhile.

    (This is no defense of Reed.)

  10. James

    Dec 15, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    In Sunday singles news, let’s go out to the Woodshed:

    Based on the hole-by-hole: Patrick Reed 4&3 over Ratface

    Lesson: Don’t talk sh*t until after the prize is decided.

  11. Big Muley

    Dec 15, 2019 at 11:08 am

    Cam loves the taste of Ernie’s balls in the morning.

    • Dyson Bochambeau

      Dec 16, 2019 at 8:42 am

      You can’t expect to win with dirty balls

  12. Rt

    Dec 15, 2019 at 10:04 am

    Cameron smith is an instigator. He took the situation with Reed and tried to turn it into something to use against the entire US team.
    Reminds me of a spoiled snot nosed kid.

  13. Don L

    Dec 14, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Smith is exaggerating his importance. Hope Reed takes him to the woodshed.

  14. James

    Dec 14, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Rat Face is going to be crying the next PGA Tour event he plays in. Not smart.

  15. Cooter Jones

    Dec 13, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Damn dog….Cameron Smith looks like a rat that morphed into some kind of human being. I kinda feel sorry for the bloke!

  16. Porky Pig Reed

    Dec 12, 2019 at 11:14 am

    Fatty Reed is the only American that I want to lose every single match that he plays.

  17. scooter

    Dec 12, 2019 at 10:49 am

    Sounds like this wasn’t a friendship, but rather an acquaintance … on both sides … friends would talk about what happened out of the public eye … just another occurrence of social media trash talking gone awry

  18. Pelling

    Dec 11, 2019 at 6:44 pm

    DJ suffered the ultimate travesty at Whistling Straits when he ground his club in a bunker the size of a thumb, but wasn’t advised of situation until AFTER he holed out on the 72nd green…

  19. Bob Jones

    Dec 11, 2019 at 4:41 pm

    Or we could just stick to golf and not turn the incident (which is OVER by the way) into a soap opera.

  20. gerald cunningham

    Dec 11, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    to even have a course like that is stupid…either make it a bunker or not….if it is not a bunker, you can ground your club. and when you have acres of soft sand like a bunker, how can you ground your club and NOT move sand. dumb design.

    • BWheatZydeco

      Dec 15, 2019 at 9:48 am

      Oh really? I’m sure you are eminently qualified as a course architect and therefore exactly the person to critique Royal Melbourne.

      Go back to your muni and quiet down little guy.

      • Geoffrey Holland

        Jan 13, 2020 at 3:02 pm

        The Patrick Reed incident had nothing to do with Royal Melbourne.

    • Rich Douglas

      Dec 15, 2019 at 3:13 pm

      This misses by a mile.

      It wasn’t the status of the area of play–whether or not it was a penalty area. The issue is that he improved his lie with his practice swings–something that is not allowed ANYWHERE on the course.

      Did you not even review the event?

      • Bob

        Dec 29, 2019 at 8:30 pm

        Sand behind the flange cant be seen or felt on the take away. twice is careless or deliberate you decide

  21. cu2morrow

    Dec 11, 2019 at 11:48 am

    I had no idea …. I’m stunned STUNNED I tell you !

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‘3 times you’ve asked the same question’ – Mickelson shuts down reporter at The Open



One of the biggest stories in the lead-up to the 150th Open Championship was Phil Mickelson’s decision to not attend the traditional champions dinner prior to the event.

During his pre-tournament press conference, Phil answered some questions that gave us a better idea of why that was the case.

“The R&A contacted me a couple weeks before and said, ‘Look, we don’t think it’s a great idea you go, but if you want to, you can,” Mickelson told reporters after beginning his latest Open challenge with a level-par 72.

“I just didn’t want to make a big deal about it, so I said, ‘fine.’ We both kind of agreed that it would be best if I didn’t.”

When Mickelson was asked if he was sad to be in such a position, the 52-year-old said: “No, no. Not at all. I think that I couldn’t be more excited and ecstatic with where I’m at.”

“I love the events. I get to have golf in my life and competitive golf in my life on a scale that is fun, exciting, different, and lets me play and compete but still do the things outside that I want to do.”

When he was pushed further into giving an answer to the question of how he felt missing out on the champions dinner, Mickelson snapped: “Let it go, dude. Let it go. That’s three times you’ve asked the same question.”

“I don’t know what to tell you. I couldn’t be happier.”

Mickelson started his Open Championship with an even-par 72 on Thursday.

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Report: LIV golfers facing potential ban from all majors from 2023



According to a report from The Daily Mail, players who’ve joined LIV Golf are facing a potential ban from all four majors next year.

Prior to the first round at The Open Championship, Martin Slumbers, chief executive of the R&A said that his governing body would ‘review our exemptions and qualifications criteria for the Open’.

The report speculates that one of the possibilities currently being considered is the exclusion of players suspended from one of the traditional tours.

All of the LIV Golf defectors are suspended from the PGA Tour, but the PGA Tour suspensions are currently reviewed legally, which will likely have an impact on whether the major championships can follow suit with suspensions.

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Ian Poulter offers peculiar post-round response to Open Championship boos



The Open got underway early Thursday morning, with Ian Poulter one of the first to tee off at the 150th edition of the event at the Home of Golf.

In a surprising twist, the now LIV golfer was introduced to some audible booing and then proceeded to hit a snap hook that was fortunate to stay in bounds.

Despite the rocky start, Poulter produced a fine performance on day one at St Andrews, firing a round of 3 under par. 

Following his round, the Englishman spoke to the media, and when the subject of the opening tee shot boos came up, Poulter denied hearing them.

“Didn’t hear one. I actually thought I had a great reception on the first tee, to be honest. All I heard was clapping.”

In addition, Poulter was asked to speak on the comments made earlier this week from Tiger Woods, who was heavily critical of the LIV golfers, but the 46-year-old refused to get drawn in: “I purposely haven’t looked at all [at the comments]. So I don’t want to know.”

As for a challenge at this week’s Open, doing “something special” is very much on Poulter’s mind.

“I would love to be able to do something special on Sunday as we all, everybody competing in this 150th Open dream of holding that Claret Jug. It goes without saying that I’d love to be able to do that.”

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