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Fred Couples is the latest to take a swipe at new LIV signing Cam Smith



Golf legend Fred Couples isn’t a fan of the LIV organization.

Over the past few months, he has virtually disowned Phil Mickelson despite their golfing history – being the last pairing at the 2006 Masters, and working together as vice-captains at the last Ryder Cup, both instrumental in the 19-9 thrashing of the European team.

He has also questioned the motives of those that have signed, and shown disbelief at the 11 players (now 7) that put their name to a lawsuit against the PGA Tour – “I’m glad they’re gone, but stop trashing the PGA Tour,” said the 62-year-old at a recent PGA Tour Champions event. “If you don’t want to be a part of it, you’re suing it? Just go away and make your millions and play golf just like I’m going to do this week.”

Now, the 1992 Masters Champion has turned on the newest and biggest name to sign for the Greg Norman-led tour.

Having avoided a host of questions since The Open, Cam Smith finally opened up to the media about the reasons for his departure from the PGA Tour.

Despite his five wins, and the historic victory at St. Andrews, the Australian star was at pains to point out it was not the money, but conditions of play, that were the reasons for his historic signing.

“I haven’t been back in Australia for three years,” he told Golf Digest. “To spend more time at home, not missing out on friends’ and families’ weddings, and a couple of my friends have had kids over the last four or five years that I still haven’t met.”

“That’s going to be a part of my life that I can’t wait to get back.”

Couples saw that as an opportunity to have a dig, playing on the answers the world number two had given.

Posting on Twitter, Couples wrote:

Twitter is as Twitter does, though, and the replies were very mixed!

One user replied to the 13-time PGA Tour Champions winner, “When’s last time you played and finished a 72 hole tournament? Don’t you make your living now at 54 hole tournaments?”

Another referred to the many ‘side’ events that the 62-year-old has taken part in over the years: “How much in Skins, appearance fees, other silly season or Corp events did Freddy cash in on?? Was a Freddy fan… his petty, childish hatred for LIV players has really turned me…”

There was support there, though, with one fan nodding. “Love it and agree, most of us can relate to earning a living. In addition, real, healthy competitions are great to watch as a spectator,” they wrote.

Whatever the response, it’s clear that Boom Boom isn’t a fan of LIV, Norman, or anyone that takes part.

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    Sep 4, 2022 at 11:19 am

    Fred seems like Mr popular within the PGA & it’s a shame back issues robbed him of good parts of his career. And he is entitled to his opinion. But it’s just that…1 guy’s opinion.

  2. Mrs. Couples

    Sep 3, 2022 at 10:15 am

    Is it possible somehow Freddie has an illegitimate child that plays on the LIV?

    • Social Services

      Sep 3, 2022 at 10:21 am

      So yeah, I’m gonna say DJ is Freddies illegitimate son via slappin skin with a pro beach volleyball player. He’s upset because DJ already has better HOF qualifications than he does, and DJ probably won’t get into the HOF or be apart of a Ryder Cup in his lifetime. All because he hates his real dad.

  3. geohogan

    Sep 2, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Out with the old and in with the new. LIV Golf has now axed 19 players in total since its first tournament at Centurion Club.

    54 hole, no cut, tournaments but as new blood signs on to the 48 person LIV tour,
    others sucking the hind tit, must go?
    High stakes, “cut throat” LIV tour.

    Post LIV.. no where to go.

  4. Ned

    Sep 2, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Don’t understand why these golfers are so negative about people going to play the LIV. What’s the problem is it affecting your life or career NO. It’s their life to life not yours to tell them how to life it so back off. Your only making yourself and the PGA look bad.


      Sep 4, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Great post. The chance at generational wealth for your family is something ANYONE would/should consider.

  5. BobbyteeitUp

    Sep 2, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Since you’re so good at math Freddie why don’t you explain to us how you landed in the HOF.

    • Freddie Got Fingered

      Sep 2, 2022 at 4:26 pm

      By pretending his back hurt his whole career and media “what if’ing” for years.

  6. MCGold

    Sep 2, 2022 at 9:38 am

    This comes from a guy who was put in the hall of fame based on politics not qualifications.

  7. Stephen

    Sep 2, 2022 at 9:37 am


    The ladies play 54 holes and are not old…

    • DJ

      Sep 2, 2022 at 12:02 pm

      Step , LPGA is 4 rounds over 4 days…I have no problem with LIV players,but they should not get to play in the 4 majors or return to PGA.

  8. yomama

    Sep 2, 2022 at 8:37 am

    cant argue with that

  9. ZP

    Sep 2, 2022 at 6:52 am

    Why so salty Fred? Multimillionaire golfer getting mad at another one, yawn.

    Hey I don’t like Saudi Arabia either, but LIV is doing nothing that runs counter to the mission of the 501(c)(6) PGA Tour, which states its purpose is to promote pro golf worldwide and professional golfers (not itself as an entity). However, the PGAT is certainly taking actions that run counter to its supposed mission.

  10. subrew

    Sep 1, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Hot take: Boomer thinks current generation needs to have it just as tough as they did. He forgot to mention bootstraps.

  11. Geoff

    Sep 1, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Don’t senior PGA and LPGA play 54 holes, unless it’s a major? Last I checked, they also play on Sunday along with LIV. Guess he’s missed lot of Thursday weddings and birthdays.

    • BH

      Sep 1, 2022 at 9:21 pm

      Yes. But they’re old. That’s why they can’t walk or play 4 days. LIV is doing it out of laziness.

      • Holden Tudiks

        Sep 2, 2022 at 4:27 pm

        So are you BH. You lather up in Blue Emu after your range session.

  12. Liv Rules

    Sep 1, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Up urs Freddie!

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Tiger Woods reveals the best celebrity foursome he’s ever played with



With Capital One’s The Match set to take place this weekend, Tiger Woods was asked about the best celebrity foursome that he’s ever played a round with.

Tiger replied:

“[John] Smoltz, [Tom] Glavine and [Greg] Maddux when they were all pitching with the Braves. That was epic. I shot 62, 62 and lost money.”

The three pitchers combined to win seven National League Cy Young Awards in the 1990s and led the Atlanta Braves to a World Series win in 1995.

The 15-time major champion was also asked what his “dream foursome” would be, to which he replied: “It wouldn’t be a foursome. It would be my dad, myself and Charlie.”

Tiger’s father, Earl, passed away in 2006 and his son, Charlie, was born in 2009.

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Former NBA star turned college golfer J.R. Smith taking lessons from Tiger’s ex-coach



Former NBA player J.R. Smith is now taking golf lessons from Tiger Woods’ former coach, Chris Como.

The lessons can be seen on the new show “Private Lessons” on the premium subscription of GolfPass.

Of his lessons with Como, Smith said, “For me, I think the most appealing part (about taking a lesson from Como) was about like how fast the transition for him to understand. Like, obviously, everybody doesn’t think the same,” he added, “but to make to feel certain sensations in the golf swing.”

The two-time NBA Champion made $90 million as a basketball player but signed an NIL deal as a golfer in early 2022.

In addition to working with Tiger Woods and Smith, Como has also worked with Bryson DeChambeau, who won the 2020 U.S. Open under his guidance.

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LIV pro’s wife takes vicious swipe at Tiger Woods over his car accident



It’s been a year of drama and controversies in the golfing world, with the divide between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf showing no signs of improving.

Much of the bad blood between the two has played out off the course, and that is once again the case this week, as the wife of prominent LIV golfer Pat Perez, Ashley, took a vicious swipe at Tiger Woods over his single-car accident in 2021.

On Tuesday, Golf Balling shared a video on its Instagram account where Woods described his physical limitations following his car crash. In the comments, Ashley Perez decided to share her take, saying:

“Literally why driving under the influence is ILLEGAL. I don’t feel bad for him. Thank god he didn’t kill anyone. See ya.”

The comment has since been deleted, and it is not the first time Ashely has targeted PGA Tour golfers either. Back in September, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele and their respective partners took a trip to the Napa Valley, which they posted on Instagram.

However, the trip apparently did not impress Mrs Perez, who shared, before once again deleting, her take on the vacation:

It’s been a wild year for the Perez’s on and off the course. The 46-year-old LIV pro earned $8,024,167 with the breakaway tour in 2022, primarily thanks to being part of the 4 Aces GC team.

While off the course, Perez spoke about his deep ‘hate’ for Phil Mickelson, accusing Lefty of committing an “uncrossable and unforgivable act” against him.

Following this latest drama, it’s likely safe to say that any relationship Perez once had with Tiger may well now be a thing of the past.

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