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Gary Player blasts Cam Smith’s LIV move and claims another major champ ‘had no money, so he had to go’



There have been plenty of “bombshell” signings for LIV Golf since it’s inception.

Phil Mickelson is an all-time great who was the initial signature signing for the Saudi-backed Series. Dustin Johnson is arguably a top-30 golfer of all time and Bryson DeChambeau, whether you love him or hate him, is a superstar in the prime of his career. Patrick Reed is a major champion and mercurial figure in the game who golf fans love to root against.

However, there seemingly hasn’t been a PGA TOUR departure that’s stung more for PGA TOUR fans than the number two ranked player in the world Cameron Smith.

With his down-to-earth approach to life and his stone cold killer mentality on the golf course, even the most dismissive of PGA TOUR fans have had to admit how big the loss of Smith will be felt.

Gary Player, who has been supportive of some other players who’ve chosen to join LIV Golf, was critical of Smith’s decision to take the money and run.

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live, the South African said:

“I was absolutely shocked to hear Cameron Smith [had joined LIV Golf]. Here’s a young man that I really thought was going to be a superstar. Now, what sort of future does he have? Will he be allowed to play in Majors in the future? Will he be able to realize this great dream of being a champion? I don’t know.”

Player, who’s won nine major championships, has opined that going to LIV is a good move for some but a mistake for others.

The South African defended former Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson in his decision to abandon the European team to join LIV when many others criticized him harshly.

“I don’t blame Stenson for going. He had no money, so he had to go. This superstar [Cam Smith], I think his advisors have given him the wrong advice. I don’t blame players for going on the LIV Tour. Most of the players can’t win on the regular Tour anymore. The PGA Tour will always be the major Tour.”

The massive sums of guaranteed money have been too tempting for many to pass on, but Player believes for the top-tier players who can still win at an elite level, the decision to stay on the PGA TOUR is an easy one.

The 86-year-old also said that if he had been faced with the opportunity to join something like LIV Golf while he was in his prime, he would decline.

“I’ve played golf all my life and I wouldn’t take a billion dollars for my nine Majors on both Tours,” he said. “The only man to win the Grand Slam on both Tours and 165 tournaments. I worked hard. I had a desire. I traveled the world, it was an education. I met wonderful people. How can you ever be a champion playing 54 holes with no cut?”

Time will tell if Cameron Smith will ever be able to win major championships again after his decision, but there’s no denying that making the jump to LIV was a massive gamble.

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  10. Erik

    Sep 13, 2022 at 1:37 pm

    I hate LIV, but Gary Player has no credibility. He and his son have always been after the quick buck, and Player went to the White House to get an award from Trump the DAY AFTER the attack on the Capitol. F that guy.

    • George hogan Maine golfer extraordinaire

      Sep 17, 2022 at 3:56 pm

      Wow your tiny brain must be in a pickle here: trump tour vs Gary the trump lover…..!!!!!! Omg who will your tiny brain choose as the winner??? You worthless leftists ever heard of something called nuance? Hint: it is not the name of the waitress at the French laundry….

    • Edgar

      Sep 19, 2022 at 11:20 am

      The FBI glowie attack was awesome!

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  16. Patrick

    Sep 10, 2022 at 5:26 pm

    Really? You were absolutely “shocked” to hear he joined LIV golf…and the truckload of money that comes with it. Makes me glad he left the PGA honestly. So pretentious…

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  22. jalan1251

    Sep 7, 2022 at 10:41 am

    “It’s the lure of easy money, It’s got a very strong appeal”

    ~Glen Fry “Smuggler’s Blues”

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  24. PJ

    Sep 6, 2022 at 10:33 am

    More PGA players will leave. Just goes to show it isn’t all about the trophies.

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  26. BK Broiler

    Sep 6, 2022 at 7:40 am

    California is going to offer me $22 an hour to work at Burger King. I can’t pass that up, this is life changing.

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  30. Ned

    Sep 2, 2022 at 10:56 am

    ” Will he be allowed to play in Majors in the future? Will he be able to realize this great dream of being a champion? ” I really think Cam could care less he loves boating, fishing, has a great home on the water. BTW he’s already a Champion remember who won the 2022 OPEN?

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  32. Bob

    Sep 1, 2022 at 3:37 pm

    Wow Gary. I’m no fan of LIV but Wayne peddling generic golf balls while Lee Elder tees off is brokehouse.

  33. Pope Framcis

    Sep 1, 2022 at 11:17 am

    LIV and let LIV!

  34. Steve

    Sep 1, 2022 at 10:44 am

    Gary Player never met a microphone that he didn’t like. Sometimes he would be better off just saying…”no comment”.

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  36. AC

    Sep 1, 2022 at 9:07 am

    Stupid to say Gary shouldn’t be saying anything… people ask him, so they write about it. Don’t like it? Don’t read it. But if he’s being asked about it, he’s answering. It’s not like he’s sending telegrams to publications asking for them to print his statements… lawd we people can be dumb sometimes

  37. Rick

    Sep 1, 2022 at 6:16 am

    Yeah sure he needs the money..

  38. Notjoebiden

    Sep 1, 2022 at 3:58 am

    These guys have a total distortion of what money is… how many millions do you need? Try living on a pension that the Biden administration has made worth even less.

    • Karine Jean-Pierre

      Sep 1, 2022 at 8:29 am

      But the pain is worth it, We are building back better!

  39. Peter

    Sep 1, 2022 at 3:38 am

    Even for Cam, the money offered is life changing… even generational. Can’t blame him for taking the offer.

  40. Gth gary

    Aug 31, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    Isnt this the guy whose 50 year old son photo bombed a masters tradition to sell crappy golf balls? Great job there gary. Maybe you need an encore.

  41. Richie Rich

    Aug 31, 2022 at 10:07 pm

    Two words… hip injury.

  42. Spencer

    Aug 31, 2022 at 7:37 pm

    He slammed him? He just made a statement.

  43. Brandon

    Aug 31, 2022 at 7:25 pm

    Maybe being a champion and leaving some legacy isn’t all that important as all the old timers seem to think. Retiring at 35 with a fat bank account and fading off into obscurity sounds way better than being an attention whore at 86 to me.

  44. Rick

    Aug 31, 2022 at 7:18 pm

    Why would anybody care what Gary Player thinks?

    • AC

      Sep 1, 2022 at 9:04 am

      Why did you read the article then? Just a foolish statement as another…

  45. Livininparadise

    Aug 31, 2022 at 7:09 pm

    Easy to say you wouldn’t take a billion dollars for all of his majors when he wasn’t asked

  46. Frank the Tank

    Aug 31, 2022 at 3:24 pm

    Mr Player really needs to STFU sometimes. Enough already go fix things with your sons and leave this alone.

  47. Sean

    Aug 31, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Maybe Gary Player ought to worry about his own two sons future, because Cam Smith seems to be doing just fine without him.

  48. Bob Jones

    Aug 31, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Stenson has no money? What did he do with it all?

    • Richie Hunt

      Aug 31, 2022 at 3:36 pm

      I believe he had money embezzled from him.

      • Benny

        Sep 1, 2022 at 3:49 pm

        Stenson lost like $25mil with the Madoff’s biggest Ponzi scheme in history but that was over a decade ago.

      • Mike Awesome

        Sep 5, 2022 at 9:36 pm

        Richie? How old is that pic of you? You’re fat and bald now, give it up!

  49. Old lefty 70

    Aug 31, 2022 at 12:56 pm

    It is sickening when I hear of multi millionaires complaining of hardships and need more money!!! Why don’t they join us in the actual work force for awhile!!! What a joke!!

    • JP

      Aug 31, 2022 at 6:06 pm

      Totally agree. They are already in the worlds wealthiest 1% but want more. It’s pure greed. For these easy dollars flowing massively towards the already rich more at the other end suffer.

      • drkviol801

        Sep 5, 2022 at 5:59 pm

        Funny how easy it is to spot poor people. Make more money then you can’t complain.

    • Drkviol801

      Sep 5, 2022 at 5:54 pm

      Who are you to tell someone how much money they should make?

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19th Hole

‘What the f**k, guys!?’ – Fan video shows Bryson fuming after walking face first into gallery rope



If there is one thing you can depend on when watching Bryson DeChambeau play golf, it’s drama.

During the final round of LIV Chicago, DeChambeau walked into the rope that separates the gallery from the course, and his reaction was over the top.

In the video, it’s unclear what makes Bryson walk into the rope, but he evidently believed it was someone’s fault as he proclaimed, “What the f**k guys?” when it hit him.

When a fan asked if DeChambeau was OK, he replied, “No! I can’t see out of my right eye right now.”

When he was offered a towel, he angrily snatched it from the employee’s hand and yelled, “sh**!”

Thankfully, the former U.S. Open champion was able to shake it off and finish his round.

DeChambeau finished at 6 under, which was good for a top-10 finish in the event.

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‘They’re treated like human beings’ – Brooks Koepka takes wild swipe at PGA Tour while talking up LIV



One of the main positives to come from the LIV Golf series is the treatment of the player’s most important club, the bagman.

According to an interview in July, with an anonymous DP World Tour caddie, Golf Monthly reported, “There is something wrong with you if you don’t want to work for LIV,” whilst a couple of weeks ago we detailed the expected earnings of the caddies at any LIV event.

After Louis Oosthuizen finished 10th at the inaugural tournament, at Centurion Club, his caddie Colin Byrne commented, it “has been ‘what can we do for you’ all week. They want to help us and make us happy. It’s been great to be included like this. We’ve been pampered and had nothing but a red-carpet treatment.”

Now, talking to the media after his second round in Chicago, Brooks Koepka continued to eulogize about the Greg Norman-led series, referencing one of its main taglines, “It’s energized. I mean, it’s golf, but louder, right?” before continuing the looper theme.

Asked how the LIV series compares to the PGA Tour, the four-time major champion was at pains to be yet another to support the way the new tour treats their bagmen.

“I think the players, the caddies, just how well the caddies are treated, as well. I think that’s a big difference. They’re treated like human beings. I think everybody, through coaches, staff, everybody, it’s a big difference.”

It’s been just eight months since Joel Dahmen’s caddie, Geno Bonnalie, revealed the less glamorous side of the game, with four caddies sharing an over-expensive room at Pebble Beach.

Times, they might be a’changing.

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Cam Smith awkwardly bats off question taunting Rory McIlroy at LIV presser



When Cam Smith won the 150th Open Championship, he had the gallery chuckle during his winner’s press conference when wondering how many beers would fit inside the Claret Jug.

Not long after, he revealed all!


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Not all pressers are the same, though, and with LIV Golf, we should always expect the unexpected.

Tensions between the Greg Norman-led tour and the traditional PGA and DP World Tours are at a height, with the PGA issuing an enhanced set of tournaments, more guaranteed pay and rewards for loyalty.

LIV doesn’t seem fussed, doing its own thing, and continuing to broadcast social media images of boat parties, raucous crowds, and strange press conferences.

Players from both sides are not afraid to have their say, with FedEx Cup champion and current world number two Rory McIlroy, being one of the most vociferous at every opportunity, defending the PGA and DP tours to the hilt.

Many pages have been written on the views from Billy Horschel, Jon Rahm and McIlroy amongst others, whilst LIV competitors are also well represented, with Pat Perez and Patrick Reed amongst those continuing to rally the LIV cause.

On Saturday, LIV again showed its intention to be far more relaxed than we might usually expect, with a press conference comprising Matthew Wolff, Phil Mickelson, and the Open champion.

Golf content provider @DrunkByTheTurn_ had the gallery in stitches and the players slightly dumbfounded when referencing Smith’s post-Open victory comment, “I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing (the Claret Jug).”

Akili Johnson, who runs the social media account, started by mentioning the answer to the above question, something the Australian revealed on his Instagram account, before asking:

“…I just wanna know how many of Rory McIlroy’s tears were you able to fit in it after you won?”

Whether referring to the current golf spat, or that Smith had come from four behind McIlroy on the final day to nab the richly desired trophy, the Aussie was not biting.

He closed with,

“I’m not answering.”

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