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‘They’re gone’ – Aussie pro says Cam Smith and fellow countryman have joined LIV

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Despite no LIV events being on this week, the breakaway tour continues to make headlines.

According to Australian golfer Cameron Percy, both Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman have now signed contracts to join LIV Golf.

In an interview with RSN radio, which is a station based in Australia, Percy claimed that both of the Australian star’s departure from the PGA TOUR is a done deal.

It’s been rumored since the Open Championship that the winner of the Claret Jug, Cameron Smith would be joining LIV for somewhere around $110-125 million.

Percy also mentioned that Adam Scott could be joining as well. It’s likely that LIV would be looking to make an Australian team built around Smith, Scott and Leishman.

“Unfortunate, yeah, they’re gone (Smith, Leishman)” Percy said.

“I had a long conversation with Adam Scott and he was very interesting talking to about it, just where it is. He said he met with these guys (LIV) in 2017 (and) they were ready (to) do all this. So, the Tour has known for a long time that this stuff’s in the works.

“The more and more you look into it, some people don’t care, some people have got a conscience and do care.

“It really comes down to, you know, they just executed 80 people this week, just chopped their heads off. They’re not the nicest people in the world.

“Do you just look past that and go, ‘Oh well, I’m rich I don’t really care’. It’s a tough one, it really is.”

With all indications appearing as if the Champion Golfer of the Year has left the PGA TOUR for LIV, there is no doubt he is the most consequential addition for Greg Norman thus far.

The 28-year-old is in the prime of his career and is ranked number two in both the Official World Golf Rankings and the FedEx Cup standings.

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  1. will smith

    Aug 11, 2022 at 7:27 am

    Good, it is time for this to come to an end, players should be on both tours and the pearls being clutched should be put away

  2. GMatt

    Aug 10, 2022 at 10:57 am

    Personally I could care less. PGA Tour golf has literally become unwatchable for some time now. Tired of these young robots “just being patient” on the golf course. There are no more characters, no personalities, they are just swing machines…..

    • Rick

      Aug 10, 2022 at 6:37 pm

      So you do care? How much? Seems to me like you don’t care at all.

    • JimK

      Aug 10, 2022 at 11:49 pm

      So do you think those same robots are suddenly going to grow a personality if they jump to the LIV tour?

  3. CrashTestDummy

    Aug 10, 2022 at 3:10 am

    Fake news. It did not happen.

  4. Rob

    Aug 10, 2022 at 1:44 am

    Biden’s are bought and paid for, so why not golfers too. Truly a sad state of affairs. No cut, no points and no thanks!

  5. John P Healey

    Aug 9, 2022 at 9:05 pm

    AND “SO IT GOES” GUESS I WILL NOT B WATCHING GOLF THIS YEAR..PANDEMIC…MONKEY POX..POITICAL COUP AND NOW “LIV”..FEHERTY SAID IT “MONEY TALKS AND LOYALTY WALKS”

  6. Smokey bear

    Aug 9, 2022 at 6:32 pm

    Too young to retire. But I guess it’s his choice. The rat.

  7. DJ

    Aug 9, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    Well with the PGA covering up his meth problem for years ,hope he never gets to play in PGA event again.

    • Robert Hassell

      Aug 9, 2022 at 5:16 pm

      The pga tour could hv reasonably offered the fall schedule, sept to Dec to LIV. But instead they expanded their tournaments infuriating many tour members. Whether it’s Saudi or China, the pga tour will lose the $$ battle. European soccer tried to keep the Saudis out via collusion. Now the Saudis simply out spent them and own over a dozen teams in the region. They will bury the pga tour over the spite of the fall scheduling. I hope the case goes to the Supreme Court! Antitrust laws exist to protect these players. The pga tour is colluding with world touts and businesses and will lose

  8. London

    Aug 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    So excited for the future of liv golf

    • Brandon

      Aug 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

      Long liv golf!

    • Rorysux

      Aug 9, 2022 at 5:11 pm

      I agree. The commentary and style of tournaments plus the lack of coverage on the pga tour should invite competition. Sunday coverage at the open became all about rory and we missed three consecutive birdies by cam to get back into it bc they were asz to mouth on rory.

  9. Bob

    Aug 9, 2022 at 4:50 pm

    Guess he won’t have to worry about ever being world number 1. All gone for some counterfeit paper.

    Hehe.

    • Bob

      Aug 9, 2022 at 5:06 pm

      DQs on Thursday morning would be priceless.

      Hole 10, 7:26 and 8:21. Done.

  10. ericsokp

    Aug 9, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    At least I won’t have to look at that stupid haircut anymore!

  11. Richard

    Aug 9, 2022 at 3:48 pm

    Later, rat.

  12. Sam

    Aug 9, 2022 at 1:50 pm

    By no means backing/supporting the Saudi’s and LIV, but to be fair, they did not execute 80 people last week. One of the largest mass executions was back in March (81). Still terrible fucking people but 80 this week, last week, or weekly would be incorrect.

  13. willie

    Aug 9, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Looking forward to reading the “he’s just a washed up hasbeen at the end of his career chasing dollars” comments and the “nobody will miss him he’s a Dbag” rhetoric. After these two happen and the add Hedeiki people will really need to take a step back and re evaluate their positions and likely eat some crow.

  14. The Hangman

    Aug 9, 2022 at 9:12 am

    We need to execute a bunch of criminals over here too.

  15. Tom K.

    Aug 9, 2022 at 8:50 am

    Cam Smith the Open Champion leaving for the LIV? That doesn’t look so good for the PGAT thing.

    • Joe

      Aug 9, 2022 at 3:09 pm

      Good riddance

      • Siper1

        Aug 9, 2022 at 6:10 pm

        Good riddance??? Are you kidding? The guy has been nothing but humble all year. He’s easily the best short-game player in the game today and top 3 overall. “Don’t hate the player, hate the game” … Cam smith is the real deal on the course and will be missed on the PGA tour. It’s unfortunate that his skills will not be displayed as much as they have been there – when it counts on a back 9 to win a big tournament. For that, we’ll just have to wait for the majors to see if he shows up. Until then – Glad to see he’s taking advantage of his peak value.

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Charlie Woods gives first interview after firing 68 at Notah Begay qualifying event

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Over the weekend, Charlie Woods participated in the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship at Mission Inn Resort in Howey-in-the-Hills, Florida.

With his dad on his bag, Charlie did not disappoint.

Charlie finished tied for fourth in the Boys 12-13 division thanks to a career low four-under 68.

After his round, Charlie gave an interview and in the process gave a lot of credit to the fifteen-time major champion helping him out throughout the event.

“Dad told me to stay patient. I just played steady golf,” Charlie said.

I’m sure we will hear a lot more of the name “Charlie Woods” in the coming years.

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‘He didn’t look right’ – Tiger’s mobility issues reportedly continue as he caddies for son Charlie

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Over the weekend, 13-year-old Charlie Woods played in a junior golf tournament and shot a career low 68 on his way to a second-place finish.

As great as the performance was for Charlie, a big part of the story was who he had on his bag. That’s right, his dad.

Tiger Woods caddied for Charlie during the event, and according to those in attendance, he “didn’t look right.”

According to @TWLegion on Twitter, the man who took a picture of Tiger Woods said he was in a cart all day and didn’t look completely healthy.

This adds further speculation to the health concerns of Tiger Woods. Many speculated that his lack of presence at the Presidents Cup was odd, considering he could have used a cart like the other captains of the American team. He was on the phone with Davis Love III during the match, but it was reported that he wasn’t in attendance due to “physical limitations.”

The last time we saw Tiger on the golf course — a missed cut at The Open in July — he didn’t look like he was ready to play professional golf competitively. Although his caddie Joe LaCava has speculated that we could see Woods tee it up a few times prior to the Masters in 2023, the recent developments don’t seem promising.

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‘I was pretty p****d off’ – Justin Thomas on Si-Woo Kim’s shush celebration during feisty Sunday clash

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With the Internationals down four points heading into Sunday singles in the Presidents Cup, The United States threw out their de-facto leader Justin Thomas in the first match of the day. In a match where it was crucial to set the tone, International Team captain Trevor Immelmann surprisingly chose Si Woo Kim to counter Thomas.

The South Korean did not disappoint, and although the United States went on to win pretty comfortably, Kim did his job in defeating Thomas by 1-up.

Tensions ran high throughout the day, with Thomas seemingly upset over Kim’s unwillingness to concede a few short putts early in the match.

It was a bit surprising to see Thomas take exception with Kim’s insistence that he finish out some short putts, considering that the Internationals needed to make up quite a large deficit. Additionally, Thomas had been a stickler all week about giving his opponents anything that bordered on “a gimme”.

After a big par putt on the 15th, a clearly emotional “JT” gave a big fist pump in celebration. Usually quite reserved, Si Woo Kim took notice and quieted the crowd after a big par save to match Thomas.

Once again, Thomas took exception to Si Woo, admitting after the match that he was “p***** off “at Kim’s theatrics.

“Honestly, at the time, I was pretty p***** off,” said Thomas afterwards. “I think when you’re in the moment, when you’re on the other side of it, it’s something that gets you motivated, gets you pumped up a little bit.”

When asked about his reaction to the made putt, Kim said he saw Patrick Reed do the celebration at the 2014 Ryder Cup and wanted to do something to match Thomas’ energy.

“I saw that Patrick [Reed] did it before, and yeah, JT give me fist pump, and then I had to do it. And I had to make it, and I made it. Then, like, yeah, I had to do something. I think that give me more energy.”

After all was said and done, Thomas admitted that Kim had the right to celebrate his victory.

“He hit the shots and made the putts better than I did the last three holes or, really, the last nine holes when he needed to,” said Thomas. “So, I can say whatever I want about it, but he beat me. So he has the upper hand on me. But we won the Cup so that’s all that matters.”

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