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Cam Smith trying to ‘block out’ LIV speculation as he looks to scoop FedEx Cup prize

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If there is one thing LIV Golf can’t be accused of, it is a lack of exposure on social media and the press.

It seems that every time there is a big event on the PGA Tour or (coincidentally) on the LPGA Tour, there are a myriad of rumors, conjecture, injunctions, and insults, flying around from one party or the other.

Naturally, then, in the week of the Tour Championship, the last event of the PGA Tour season, Cam Smith has had to field questions based around (more than) strong rumors that he is soon off to head an Australian team on the Greg Norman-led tour.

After winning the historic 150th Open Championship in July, the Australian was at pains to point out to those asking the constant questions:

“I don’t know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I’m here to win golf tournaments.”

And that has, pretty much, been his stance throughout the last month, weeks that have passed with much incident for the current world number two.

Sitting just two shots off the lead at the FedEx St. Jude Championship after three rounds, Smith was penalized two shots for playing the ball from the wrong place, before his withdrawal from last week’s BMW Championship.

Going into the season decider, the 29-year-old was again asked about the future, this time by GolfDigest. Again he was adamant:

“I have tried to block it all out. Like I’ve said all along, I’m just here to play really good golf. My goal this week is to make lots of putts and try to be the first Australian to win the FedEx Cup.”

His recent withdrawal means that he now starts six strokes behind world number one and FedEx leader, Scottie Scheffler, next to Rory McIlroy, a fervent opponent of the LIV organization, only recently stating that “If LIV went away tomorrow, I’d be super happy.”

 

“Mate, to be honest, six shots… it’s not that much,” Smith said to the on-line magazine. “The course is a little wet, which will mean I’ll hit more fairways and have more looks at birdie.”

Smith continued, “East Lake is a tough track to lead on and if you are scrambling for par all day, this course will make you pay. I don’t even think 10 shots is a lot. It wouldn’t surprise me if, one year, one of the guys from 25 to 30 came up the leaderboard and won everything.”

Summing up, Smith diverts attention away from the obvious by stating:

“[A win] would be an incredible end to a really good season. There’s no reason why I can’t come out and get it done.”

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  1. Joey5picks

    Aug 26, 2022 at 6:20 pm

    Simple way to end the speculation; either say “yes, I’m going” or “no, I’m staying on the PGA Tour”. Quit the mealy-mouthed dodges.

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‘Sh*t happens’ – LPGA pro DQ’d for extremely rare equipment mishap involving new Ping G430 driver

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LPGA Tour player Maja Stark was hit with a costly rules violation during prior to the second round of last week’s Ascendant LPGA event.

After posting a score of 75 (+4) in round one, the 22-year-old Swede had an uphill climb to make the cut. However, she never got a chance to tee it up for her second round due to a non-conforming club.

In the first round, Stark used a driver with a club head that was not yet on the USGA list of conforming driver heads. The driver was the Ping G430 driver according to Golf Digest, which isn’t available for retail until this upcoming January, and just hit the USGA Conforming List yesterday.

Stark took the disqualification in stride and posted on Instagram to explain the situation.

 

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The LPGA also issued a statement to Golf Digest saying:

“After the conclusion of Round One of The Ascendant LPGA benefiting Volunteers of America, it was discovered that Maja Stark used a driver throughout her round that was not on the List of Conforming Driver Heads.Model Local Rule G-1; List of Conforming Driver Heads is included on the 2022 LPGA Rules of Play Card and is in effect for every competition. The penalty for a breach of this Model Local Rule is disqualification.

After speaking with the player, the use of the driver to make a stroke during Round One was confirmed, and the penalty of disqualification was applied under Model Local Rule G-1.”

Stark got a win earlier this year at the ISPS Handa World Invitational which locked up her LPGA card for next season.

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Beefed up Charlie Woods and his ‘PGA Tour quality swing’ sends golf fans wild

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Fresh off of the low round of his career (68) at the Notah Begay III Junior National Golf Championship, a Charlie Woods swing video has hit the internet.

Looking much bigger and stronger than he did at the PNC Championship last year, the video shows Charlie’s smooth swing.

In the tweet, Daniel Rapaport of Barstool Sports shares his opinion of the swing.

“Charlie Woods keeps getting purer. I mean this is a PGA Tour quality swing.”

Rapaport wasn’t the only one pumped up over Charlie’s swing either, with hundreds of golf fans excitedly reacting to the latest video.

For better or worse, expectations are sky high for the son of the 15-time major champion Tiger Woods.

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‘WTF is a FIGJAM?’ – Greg Norman left confused by golf fan’s jibe involving infamous Mickelson nickname

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Few golfers polarize their audience in the way Phil Mickelson does, which is why he is almost universally known as either Lefty or FIGJAM.

It’s the simplest thing to work out the first of the nicknames — despite being naturally right-handed, Mickelson plays golf in a southpaw fashion — but as for the unusual alternative, that’s best left to the dictionaries.

Collins English Dictionary explains it as Australian slang for ‘a very conceited person,’ but let’s get real. The acronym stands for ‘F***, I’m Good, Just Ask Me.’

In 2020, golf blog site lyingfour.com published an article detailing the pros and cons of the Mickelson experience, titling it ‘Phil Mickelson is not a nice guy’, and updated it a year later with the question, ‘Why is Phil Mickelson popular?’

Not that this is an attack on the brilliant winner of six majors, and a player that would have dominated golf for several years had it not been for a certain Tiger Woods. Indeed, for years he has been a fan favorite.

But for many of the players on tour, Phil has become something of an enigma, and not always in a good way.

From stories of his fraud case to legendary gambling, to what some consider a fake front to the smiling at every gallery, Phil divides opinion.

So, how did LIV CEO Greg Norman appear completely unaware of the FIGJAM moniker?

In a recent promo video, Norman is joined by Matt Jones, Marc Leishman, Wade Ormsby and Cam Smith to read and answer some questions and points sent in by viewers.

At one point, one viewer sends in his jibe:

“I might be mad but I think Greg Norman may be the biggest FIGJAM in the world. Just saying like…”

Unaware of what’s being asked, Norman asks, “What the f*** is a FIGJAM?!” before commenting, ‘He’s right.”

Ormsby comments he doesn’t agree with the comment, before the captain of ‘Team Australia’ and most recent major winner, Smith, calms the situation by ensuring his ‘boss’ that, “I don’t agree with that either, Greg, I think you do a great job, mate.”

They then drink to Team Aussie and, off camera, no doubt consider who the biggest FIGJAM may be.

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