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Report: Cam Smith set for LIV debut in Boston after accepting mega sign-on fee

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In the moments after Cameron Smith won his first major championship at St. Andrews, he was immediately asked about rumors that he may be interested in joining LIV Golf.

Smith didn’t deny his interest in joining LIV, which caused speculation to run rampant in the days following the Open Championship.

“I just won the British Open and you’re asking about that? I think that’s pretty not that good,” Smith said.

Less than a month after he hoisted the Claret Jug on the sacred ground of the Old Course, the Champion Golfer of the Year is now LIV bound.

According to The Telegraph, the number two ranked player in the world has signed a deal worth north of $100 million.

The Australian will also still have a chance to win the FedEx Cup prior to joining LIV.

“A formal announcement is not expected until the three-week FedEx Cup play-off series has finished,” the report states.

Smith currently ranks second in the FedEx Cup standings; therefore, he has a realistic chance at making a run at the FedEx Cup and the $18 million that comes with it before teeing it up at LIV Boston, where he will reportedly make his LIV debut, after the PGA TOUR season ends.

Asked to comment on the Telegraph’s report at his Tuesday presser at the FedEx playoff opener, Smith stated: “My goal here is to win the FedExCup Playoffs,” before adding that he has “no comment” on the report.

Many of the players who’ve left the PGA TOUR for LIV Golf have been shrugged off due to age or a declining skill set. Smith is an elite talent in the prime of his career and the most recent major champion.

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  1. Rich

    Aug 10, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    100 million in the bank versus playing for a chance to win 1.8 million. HUGE difference! No Brainer! LIV me the money!

  2. Daddy Warbucks

    Aug 10, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Saudi golf league?
    Do you communists also call ti”Saudi gas” when your filling up your cars?

  3. Ray Bennett

    Aug 10, 2022 at 9:29 pm

    I will believe it when he makes an official statement. Locker room talk is just that. My first thought was that Cameron Percy is having a bit of fun with the media circus around Smithy.

  4. Jerry

    Aug 10, 2022 at 3:06 pm

    More scum on the pond.

  5. rangergolfer

    Aug 10, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Maybe now he can afford to get that stupid mullet removed.

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  7. 2 tours all win

    Aug 9, 2022 at 11:13 pm

    World number 2…. Hideki Matsuyama next. They are slowly building a stable. Xander and Cantlay names still are bubbling up.

  8. Brian Hamilton

    Aug 9, 2022 at 9:14 pm

    Think he is a good golfer. He has made a choice. He’s chasing the Saudi money.

  9. Chuck

    Aug 9, 2022 at 9:02 pm

    I think this is pretty not that good.

  10. Mel

    Aug 9, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    After all this LIV crap and watching these morally challenged golfers and announcers run for the Saudi blood money I’ve just about had enough of watching any golf. I’ll probably limit my golf watching to the 4 majors if I watch any golf at all.

  11. Doug

    Aug 9, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    You would think he would have come out after the fed x.
    Either way his future with the pga is dead. Outstanding golfer now joining the carnival tour.

  12. Rich

    Aug 9, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    DQ coming Thursday morning. Later, rat.

  13. Tiger

    Aug 9, 2022 at 7:04 pm

    The greedy and the douchebags have been separated from more standup guys like spieth, scheffler, morikawa, and McIlroy…

    I hope fans boycott.. true golf fans respect the tradition.. LIV is for frat boys and beer league golfers… Please take all of the “GET IN THE HOLE” guys along with ya Cam

    • Jed

      Aug 9, 2022 at 7:09 pm

      You’ve nailed it. LIV is for douchebags

      • Oldlefty70

        Aug 10, 2022 at 2:52 pm

        And I sure if you were offered a boat load of money like that you would turn it down because you are righteous…..LOL

        • Hunter

          Aug 10, 2022 at 3:41 pm

          I’d happily turn it down because there’s plenty of money on Tour, and wins actually mean something.

          • Tiger

            Aug 10, 2022 at 7:17 pm

            Damn right I’d turn it down. A billion dollars means no more than a million to me. Hell, I’d play on the tour for whatever it takes to break even and be middle class. It’s about the history, not the friggin money.

          • Dylan McKay

            Aug 11, 2022 at 10:31 am

            Just like if you won the lottery you would happily share it with others. But then you realize $$$$$$$ can be spent rather quickly and decide not to. But don’t worry, you’re still a very virtuous person by voting for the Brandon party.

        • Peter

          Aug 11, 2022 at 4:34 am

          Honestly, that amount of money would set me up and generations down the track…

    • Tiger is my bitch

      Aug 10, 2022 at 12:30 am

      Using your theory of only true golf fans respect tradition, then only true baseball fans only support segregated leagues…

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The hilarious reason why Kevin Kisner asked to sit the afternoon at the 2017 Presidents Cup

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Golf is changing, as always.

While the best of the team events – the Ryder and Presidents Cup – give rookies the chance to shine, both events often rely on the experienced players to steady the ship through the early stages.

This week’s Presidents Cup is the 12th run-out of the U.S v International match-up, and the first since 2019.

The 2021 event was, of course, cancelled because of Covid and the teams look very different to how they may have looked a year ago, mainly because of the ineligibility of any players that have chosen the LIV path for their recent careers.

Played at Quail Hollow this season, the teams are a mix of the plainly obvious and those with zero experience, with 14 of the 24 players making their debuts in the event, including world number one Scottie Scheffler and Max Homa, winner of the 2019 Wells Fargo Championship.

It’s often best to turn to the older members for the stories, and 38-year-old Kevin Kisner has never been short of a tale or two.

With an enviable record at the World Matchplay – one win and two finals appearances in six starts – Kiz appears the type to thrive at all aspects of the team challenge. However, back on his 2017 Presidents Cup debut, he wanted to be left off the roster for day three.

His event started brightly for the rookie, when playing alongside Phil Mickelson, a Thursday half in the foursomes followed by a win in the following day’s fourballs.

Day three again started well for the pairing, beating Jhonattan Vegas and Emiliano Grillo 2&1 and taking their record to 2-1-0, before that strange request.

Golf writer Brentley Romine posted a tweet on Thursday revealing that Kisner approached the then U.S captain Steve Stricker and asked for Saturday afternoon off, because:

“Because Georgia played Tennessee. Strick is like. ‘Seriously?’ I’m like, ‘Yeah, man, that’s my squad.'”

This is not the first time that golf took a back-seat to a Bulldog game.

In the same year, while competing at the Tour Championship, Kisner took to social media to arrange a flight to a Georgia-Mississippi game, eventually finishing tied third at the lucrative season finale.

The mid-event break clearly does him good as he also profited at Liberty National, halving his Sunday singles game with Anirban Lahiri and keeping intact an undefeated record as his team thrashed the Internationals 19-11.

Kisner didn’t take part in the opening day of this year’s Presidents Cup and there is no knowing whether he will play when Davis Love requires him to. Better check the football schedule first.

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‘It’s a slap in the face’ – Patrick Reed hits out at DP World Tour over treatment at latest events

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This week, Patrick Reed is playing in the Cazoo Open De France at Le Golf National. The course is where the 2018 Ryder Cup was held. The European Team won the trophy, and Reed was only able to muster one point in three matches.

This week however, Patrick Reed was the betting favorite entering play. Despite being somewhat of a regular on the DP World Tour, Reed feels as though the treatment he’s received this week has been “a slap in the face”.

Reed is by far the biggest name in the field, but wasn’t asked to play in the pro-am or conduct a pre-tournament press conference. Of course, this treatment is a result of the 33 year old’s decision to join LIV Golf.

According to The Telegraph, Reed told Journal du Golf: “It’s a slap in the face not to invite me to do a press conference here, or as happened in Wentworth, not to have me play the pro-am and all those things. At the end of the day, it’s just my golf that I have control over. I’m here to support the Tour, France and all the people who are here.”

“But I don’t see why we can’t move from the LIV to the European Tour like we usually move from the PGA Tour to the European Tour. A lot of players understand and support my choice and have nothing against me. I didn’t feel any animosity against me from them.”

While there have been some players who have publicly stated they have no issues with the players who’ve chosen to go to LIV, there have also been a number of players who have done the opposite.

LIV golfers are currently able to participate on the DP World Tour due to a temporary court order until it is resolved legally. A decision on their eligibility going forward is expected to be given in February.

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Congress members blast ‘pimp’ Greg Norman in meeting at Capitol Hill

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On Wednesday, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman met with members of congress to discuss LIV’s current dispute with the PGA TOUR.

It didn’t go very well.

According to multiple sources, Republican Tim Burchett of Tennessee walked out of the meeting due to an inability to understand Norman due to his accent as well as the “propaganda” he felt Norman was sharing.

Burchett later sent a tweet himself about the meeting with “The Shark”.

Burchett wasn’t the only member of congress to give Norman a hard time.. Chip Roy of Texas said to reporters of the meeting: “Don’t come in here and act like you’re doing some great thing, while you’re pimping a billion dollars of Saudi Arabian money,”

It’s unclear whether or not any of the lawmakers gave Norman the reception he was looking for, but he did later thank them for meeting with him via an Instagram post.

 

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