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‘I’m ready to cop some heat’ – Cam Smith unfazed by backlash after reportedly signing for LIV

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It’s been quite the summer for Cam Smith, with the Aussie capturing his maiden major at the Home of Golf before almost instantly being heavily linked with a move to LIV Golf.

After unconvincingly dodging the question of whether he was joining the breakaway tour or not following his Open win, the Telegraph reported that the Aussie had signed a deal with LIV worth north of $100 million.

Per the Telegraph, Smith will likely make his LIV debut next month in Boston, but it still hasn’t stopped the Aussie from teeing it up at the FedEx Cup playoffs, with his eye very much on capturing the $15 million bonus.

Asked on Tuesday to confirm or deny the report, Smith responded with an auspicious “no comment,” which stoked plenty of response from golf fans and those in the media.

Following his opening round at the FedEx Cup Playoff opener in Memphis, Sky Sports reporter Nick Dougherty asked Smith if he understood how journalists “read between the lines of those sorts of comments“, and the Aussie offered an interesting response:

“Yeah, it’s just their job, mate. That’s what they’re there to do, they’re there to sell stories, and I’m sure they’ve had a few looks at it the past few days. You know, I’m ready to cop some heat.

I understand what I’ve said, but like I said, I’m here to play to win the FedEx Cup Playoffs. That’s my number one goal, and whatever happens after that will come from me.”

Smith began his charge at the FedEx Cup title with a round of three under par in Memphis to sit just five back of the early lead.

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  3. Michael

    Aug 14, 2022 at 12:14 am

    He’s won a major, probably the major that’s the most important to non-Americans. And he has $100m coming. Folks talk about legacy. I get it, but is anybody winning more majors than Jack or more events than Tiger? If you ain’t, then you are just another good player who play the game.

  4. LIV players are garbage

    Aug 13, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    He may say he’s unfazed now, but that is just another line from LIV, he has no idea what is coming…

  5. Richard h Harris

    Aug 12, 2022 at 6:48 pm

    I seriously doubt he has already signed with LIV. He’s actually playing for the Fed Ex and I just don’t think he’s the kind of guy to take a chance on winning it if he knows it might end in court to keep the prize, especially if it was shown he had already signed.
    I just don’t think he’s the kind of guy to play that way.
    I think, and I wouldn’t speak for him, but I think when it comes down to it, he may very well decide to pass on the LIV, at least for the time being.
    He’s still got a lot to win in the PGA, things he can’t win in LIV, and contrary to what some are saying, that won’t be changing, at least not without a protracted legal battle. I can’t see him, or Rory, or Finau, playing in the Masters if they thought there was any chance they might lose their jacket later.
    P.S. Sawgrass is a PGA tournament.

  6. Chuck

    Aug 12, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    There’s nothing admirable about Smith’s interview answers or his position.

    He’s refusing to provide honest and forthcoming answers about his professional status where he is basically a sports celebrity. The questions are good. They aren’t the only questions, but they are certainly right questions to ask..

    I really despise the implication that the golfing press is somehow to blame, or that their motives are somehow suspect. “Selling stories.”

    Never in the history of professional sports has a league assembled a group of performers who nearly all — from the CEO down to journeymen players — all demonstrate such contempt for the media that provides their public with information

  7. Kurtis

    Aug 12, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Get a haircut the mullet is played dude. Enough already

  8. Kuchar

    Aug 12, 2022 at 11:36 am

    Dude cmon, keep it classy

  9. Don

    Aug 12, 2022 at 11:00 am

    He better do what the rag heads want, or they might “grease”him.

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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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