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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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Cam Smith enjoys meme poking fun at Rory McIlroy at latest LIV event

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The LIV Golf Series continues this week in Chicago, where the Champion Golfer of the Year Cam Smith will make his second start.

The Australian’s move to LIV has been one of the biggest stories of 2022, with Smith reportedly signing a deal worth north of $100 million with the breakaway tour.

Ahead of this week’s event in Chicago, Smith was shown a meme by the DrunkByTheTurn team, with the Aussie seemingly entertained, laughing at its content alongside fellow pro Pat Perez.

As revealed by the DrunkByTheTurn Twitter account, the meme in question was poking fun at LIV’s biggest critic Rory McIlroy.

McIlroy has continuously criticized both the LIV Golf Series and its defectors, just this week saying that he believes no LIV player should be a part of the 2023 Ryder Cup.

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Report: Major TV network the leading contender to strike deal for LIV Golf media rights

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The latest LIV Golf event gets underway in Chicago this week, with those looking to tune in once again having to fire up YouTube to watch the 48 professionals do battle.

LIV has yet to strike a media deal that would allow a network or streaming service to broadcast their events, and while rumors surrounding a deal with Apple were circulating, Barstool’s Dan Rapaport reported this week that they deemed LIV to be “too toxic.”

According to a report from Front Office Sports, Fox Sports is now the leading contender to acquire LIV’s U.S. media rights.

While not going into specifics on whether a deal was close to being struck with Fox, Will Staeger, LIV’s chief media officer, told FOS that they are currently in discussions with “virtually every major media company.”

“We want exposure. We want broad viewership. We want to be on a platform where viewers are accustomed to watching sports.” he added. “Golf needs it, actually. Quite honestly, listening to golf on TV gets rather boring. Because everybody says the same thing every time about everybody.”

Interestingly, Fox Sports fired Greg Norman from his announcing role back in 2016, just a year after being in the job, with the Aussie telling FOS last year that he felt that he got “rolled under the bus.”

Earlier this week, Norman revealed to Kap & J. Hood on ESPN 1000 that they were in discussion with four different networks, and it appears that Fox lead the race to land a deal that should be a game-changer for LIV.

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Bryson DeChambeau thanks Tiger for creating LIV Golf

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Bryson DeChambeau was one of the biggest names to jump ship in golf’s civil war, with the 29-year-old reportedly earning over $100 million to sign with LIV Golf.

The Golf Scientist will tee it up in Chicago this week for the latest LIV Golf Series event, and ahead of the 54-hole tournament, Bryson opened up on his decision to leave the PGA Tour.

“This is the biggest decision besides choosing my agent that I’ve ever made in my entire life, and I couldn’t be happier to be over here.

“I have no buyer’s remorse. I have ultimate respect for the PGA Tour and what they’ve done for my career, as I’ve said from day one, and they’ve allowed me this opportunity.”

Then, Bryson revealed that he must thank Tiger for creating the opportunity.

“I have to look back and thank Tiger for this opportunity because he’s the one that’s ultimately created this.”

Bryson didn’t go into specifics on the latter comment, however, it echoes the sentiment he shared two months ago when the Californian told media: “I have high regard for Tiger; look, this wouldn’t be existing if it weren’t for Tiger. So I have the utmost respect for what he did for the game of golf, what he did for the PGA Tour that allowed us to have this opportunity.’’

Back in July, DeChambeau also revealed that a once close relationship with Tiger had now gone cold since the PGA Tour/LIV Golf divide.

“We have been fairly close and unfortunately, we have not spoken, one day we will again, and I am always open for a conversation with anybody. I have no problem with it and I hope we can come see eye to eye on it.’’

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