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‘They don’t return my calls’ – Cam Percy on the fallout from revealing Aussie duo were LIV-bound

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Last month, PGA Tour player Cameron Percy made headlines after declaring on a radio interview that Open Champion Cameron Smith and veteran Marc Leishman would be taking their talents to the LIV Golf series.

Apparently, Percy’s willingness to spill what he heard in the locker room from his fellow Australians rubbed Smith and Leishman the wrong way.

“It is what it is,” Percy said to Bunkered.

“They knew they were going, everyone else knew they were going and it was just a matter of time.

“The thing is, we don’t see these guys now. Before if something happened, you could see them at the next tournament and talk to them. I don’t see Cam or Leish now and they don’t return my phone calls at the moment.”

The 48-year-old claims he was surprised by the reaction to his interview.

“I didn’t think anything of it, and the next day I woke up to 300 text messages and missed calls.”

“I woke up thinking ‘what the hell has happened here?’ Everyone took it as me confirming they were gone. If I’d said, ‘what I’m hearing is they’re gone’ it would have changed everything.”

While it’s likely that Smith and Leishman are upset about Percy sharing the news with the world in a radio interview, it’s also possible that they aren’t thrilled with some of his comments about their new tour as well.

Percy has been extremely vocal criticizing the Saudi-backed golf series over the past few months and doubled down in his interview with Bunkered.

In the interview, he claimed that LIV “is not an actual Tour” and questioned why LIV thinks it’s worthy of world ranking points.

“There are things you need to do to get them and LIV doesn’t cover half of it. It’s not a real tour, there’s no way to qualify, it’s 54 holes, no cut, 48 guys. I don’t understand the arrogance. They’re living in a different world.”

“I don’t understand why they’re calling themselves one because there’s no way to qualify for it. The 54 holes, it is what it is, but how do you get on it? They just say ‘we like you, here’s X amount of dollars’. It’s not real yet.

“My son was watching it on YouTube and Patrick Reed was saying he’s sick of the grind and all that stuff. Now he’s travelling to Asia, he’s playing at Wentworth. The stuff they’re saying doesn’t make any sense to me.”

Percy isn’t alone in feeling the way he does, but I wouldn’t be waiting around the phone for a call back from his compatriots anytime soon if I were him.

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  1. Ians Socks

    Sep 14, 2022 at 1:52 am

    I go to concerts all the time. There’s no way for me to get on stage. It’s still a “tour”.

    • B. More Committed

      Sep 14, 2022 at 8:26 am

      Well you won’t ever get on stage with that negative attitude.

  2. Nreg Gorman

    Sep 13, 2022 at 11:30 am

    It’s a good point. How do you qualify for LIV?

  3. Brian

    Sep 13, 2022 at 9:38 am

    Snitches get stitches.

    Percy just pissed he didn’t get a call from Greg.

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Report: LIV win battle for world ranking points thanks to ‘strategic alliance’ with minor tour

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According to the Telegraph, LIV Golf has found a path to securing OWGR points.

The report indicates that LIV is forming a “strategic alliance” with the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) Tour. In theory, this would allow the players to earn world ranking points starting this week at LIV Bangkok.

In turn, the alliance with LIV will give the struggling MENA Tour a path to relevance. The current OWGR rule indicates that a tour must have the majority of it’s events with a cut. It would seem that the LIV events will be the in the minority of events plays, with the regular MENA Tour events starting to ramp back up after LIV Bangkok.

“No Laying Up” holds the opinion that this move by LIV won’t grant them OWGR points right away.

The OWGR has not released a statement as of yet regarding this turn of events.

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Analyst and close friend says Tiger ‘might surprise everybody’ this fall

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There has been plenty of negative speculation regarding Tiger Woods ability to play competitive golf in the future. It was viewed as a troubling sign that Woods wasn’t able to attend to Presidents Cup due to “physical limitations” and instead had to conference with American team captain Davis Love III over the phone.

Then, it was rumored that he “didn’t look right” while caddying for his son Charlie at a tournament.

However, there seems to be a glimmer of hope for Tiger fans as his good friend Notah Begay III just speculated that Woods may “surprise everybody” while on SiriusXM PGA TOUR Radio.

When asked the next time we will see the 15-time major champion play. Begay said:

“I’m fairly certain it’s going to be at the PNC [Championship] with Charlie. Charlie’s starting to play a few more events – he played in one of my junior golf tour events last weekend, which was great to see him shoot his career-low round 68 with Tiger on the bag so that was kind of cool to be able to see that.”

More importantly, Begay said that Tiger is still looking for ways to improve the condition of his leg.

“Tiger’s just steadily trying to find ways to get a little bit more stability in his leg,” he said. “It was really presenting some major challenges at St. Andrews. I had a chance to talk with him during the round out there and it’s just constant discomfort so it’s hard to focus on golf, which is hard enough, much less having to deal with the literal pain of your leg aching throughout the day.

“I know that as soon as he feels like he can be competitive because I think he got a good taste of what it’s going to take this past year, we’ll see him. We might see him one time this fall, he might surprise everybody.”

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Golf mad parents name newborn child after a golf club

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Last week we reported on a golf obsessed couple, and their Masters themed wedding. Cute it may have been, but there was something a little over the top about it.

If you think it couldn’t get worse, how about naming your newborn child after a golf club and dressing his hospital bed with golf bedding?

Social media site reddit.com yesterday hosted a photo taken by user ‘jellybloom17’ and caused an obvious reaction.

Welcome to the world, Driver. I know there is a joke here and I know what it is. You make it tho. And go! from golf

Yep, the parents swaddled the baby in a golf-themed blanket and photographed him on a duvet, with the name ‘Driver’ plastered in giant letters.

Reddit users were confused and astounded, with one claiming that:

“I wasn’t sure what the green blob in front of the car was,” before realising, ” it was a golf course.”

“They didn’t name him after a person who operates a motor vehicle. They named him after a golf club!”

Hence the title of the original post – “Welcome to the world, Driver.”

Others questioned the naming, whilst there were doubts if the child grows up not to enjoy the sport:

“What if he grows up and hates golf?” was one comment, whilst another poster concluded, “Probably should not name your kids after sports.”

Either way, it would be good to hear what siblings Nineiron, Wedge and Teepeg say on the matter.

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