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The awesome fan gesture from Cam Smith that went unnoticed in Memphis

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Cameron Smith is the gift that keeps giving.

Outstanding winner of The Open Championship, the world No. 2 has been catching the headlines not only with his golf, but talk of him having signed for LIV and the subsequent reaction from the crowd at the FedEx St. Jude Championship, the first of three events to find the FedEx Cup champ.

In between that, the Australian star has found himself the subject of a two-shot penalty, notified just hours before his final round yesterday, and on Monday he had to withdraw from this week’s BMW Championship with what his agent calls a “hip discomfort,” something he has suffered with for “several months.”

Apart from winning the fourth and oldest major, the 28-year-old, also the winner of the Tournament of Champions and The Players Championship in this stellar year, has continued to face a barrage of questions from reporters keen to establish just where we are with all the news on his impending move.

Almost as if to deflect that story, Smith caught the headlines again when, after striking a Southwind patron during last night’s final round, he offered a most generous apology.

Present at the event, tweeter Tanner Dillard posted a photo of Smith chatting to the unharmed fan after he had unwittingly knocked his phone out of his hand.

As can be seen, Smith felt the need to go above and beyond the usual signed glove or golf ball, take the ‘victim’s’ number and offer to buy him a new phone.

The man at the center of it all, Blake Krassenstein confirmed to GolfWRX’s Matt Vincenzi that Smith had since contacted him and ordered him a brand new phone.

All class.

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  1. Pingback: ‘I don’t think that makes any sense’ – Patrick Cantlay calls out golf course architects and Tour setups – GolfWRX

  2. pat

    Aug 16, 2022 at 12:44 pm

    Smith is a class act. Ask the tour caddies what they think about Smith. He throws a huge party at his house in the Jacksonville area for the regular tour caddies during the week of the PGA tournament at TPC Sawgrass.

  3. Benny

    Aug 16, 2022 at 9:00 am

    Love this. Sergio years ago hit a woman on the hand with one of his drives.

    The ball hit the engagement ring and the diamond popped out.

    Sergio offered to replace it which was like $25k or more.

    Luckily some patrons found it and he paid to have it fixed.

    Good on them even though they have little control over drives.

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Ian Poulter takes swipe at Justin Thomas over short putt complaints at Presidents Cup

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Over the weekend, Justin Thomas was involved in a dramatic Sunday singles battle with Si-Woo Kim, with the Korean eventually prevailing on the final hole of the day.

During that match, Thomas expressed his frustration at Kim not giving him a 3-foot putt on the ninth hole, with Thomas motioning that the putt may have been in ‘gimme’ range

Some found JT’s complaints hypocritical after a video had previously shown the 29-year-old shut down Jordan Spieth, who appeared to suggest giving Adam Scott a short putt earlier in the week.

Ian Poulter, known for his pedigree in match play singles, weighed in with his view on JT’s complaints, and unsurprisingly the Englishman had no sympathy for the two-time major champ, saying:

Poulter’s view appears to be the popular take on the matter, with plenty of golf fans frustrated with Thomas, who also admitted he had been ‘p*****d off’ with Si-Woo Kim for deciding to shush the crowd during their tense encounter on Sunday.

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Hotel issue forces Patrick Reed to withdraw from latest DP World Tour event

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Patrick Reed has dealt with some criticism over the past few months for choosing to play in DP World Tour events after making the controversial move to join LIV Golf.

When the former Masters champion made his decision, he made comments about wanting to spend more time with his kids.

“It wears on you as an athlete, wears on you as a person, as a father, and this is for me, I feel like this is the best decision ever,” Reed said at the time. “Now I can compete at the highest level, but also prepare and get ready for every single event and be able to be home, and even though I’ll be grinding at home getting ready, I’ll be able to spend time with the kids.”

Since the move, Reed has played in four events in September and was scheduled to play his fifth consecutive event this week at the DP World Tour’s Alfred Dunhill Links.

However, Reed withdrew from the tournament on Monday due to back pain.

According to the 32-year-old, his mattress at the Versailles hotel during the Open de France was too soft and it caused an injury.

“The mattress was just too soft for me,” Reed said in an interview with Bernie McGuire from the Irish Golfer.

“I played well in the pro-am but the pain in my back was getting worse.

“It’s disappointing as I was looking forward to coming back to France after being there for the Ryder Cup.”

Reed added: “I first played the Dunhill Links back in 2011. It was my first European Tour event, so that’s another event I was looking forward to playing.”

He’s scheduled to tee it up once again at LIV Bangkok beginning on October 7th.

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Hideki Matsuyama’s caddie just cemented his legacy with wild act at the Presidents Cup

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Hideki Matsuyama might be the most recognisable player in Japanese golf. He may have also turned down the biggest offer from LIV to date:

However, in terms of showmanship, the 2021 Masters champion can’t hold a candle to his caddie.

Shota Hayafuji has bits and pieces of form on the China Tour, but since joining Matsuyama on a full-time basis at the Sony Open in 2019, he’s seen that arrangement celebrated at the 2022 running of the Waialae event and, of course, at Augusta.

After the one-shot victory, Shota went viral after bowing his head in respect, commenting that,” I bowed to the course mainly because I was thankful. I wasn’t thinking about doing it and it just happened — like an instinct.”

This time, though, he has stepped things up a level.

Yesterday, Golf Digest reposted a photo from Shoto’s Instagram in which he shows off the autograph of every one of the victorious U.S team members. Written on his body.

Nobody quite knows what is going on, or whether the winning side invited the International team to what looks like a raucous after- tournament celebration drink, but Shoto may well have to explain this as another ‘instinct’.

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