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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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‘F*****g hell! That was a low point’ – Rory McIlroy on 2021 matchplay loss to LIV defector

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The 2022 season was an excellent campaign for Rory McIlroy as we saw him rise to once again become the world’s number one player.

The four-time major champion came away with his third TOUR Championship victory, a win at the RBC Canadian Open, and another victory at the CJ Cup in October. While he didn’t secure the major championship he’s been coveting since 2014, Rory finished 3rd at The Open, 2nd at The Masters, 5th at the U.S. Open and 8th at the PGA Championship.

His year full of strong finishes is also backed up by the statistics. McIlroy was the best player for the 2022 season in terms of Strokes Gained: Total.

Prior to his impressive 2022 calendar year, McIlroy struggled in 2021 golf season. Rory recently sat down with Paul Kimmage of the Irish Independent to discuss some of the low points he’s had prior to his reclaiming of the top spot on the OWGR. As we’ve grown accustomed to with McIlroy, he was candid and thoughtful in the interview.

After a U.S. Open victory by Bryson DeChambeau in 2020, McIlroy decided it was time to chase more distance. This led to swing changes and difficulties to what eventually led him to his “rock bottom” which he identifies as the 2021 Ryder Cup. He was also beaten 6&5 by Ian Poulter at the 2021 Dell WGC Match Play.

“Yeah, I was beaten by Poulter. F*****g hell! That was a low point.”

Then there was the 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island, where Rory had won by eight shots back in 2012.

“Kiawah was the perfect example of where my game was; I’d won the PGA there in 2012 by eight shots, but we got there, and I said to Harry: “I don’t remember this course being so difficult.”

The swing changes turned out to be completely unnecessary but having witnessed other players go through them throughout their career, McIlroy was simply doing what he thought was best at the time.

“I’d seen other people do it and thought, at that stage of my career, it was what I needed. It was a difficult summer, but I was having what most people would call a decent year and was starting to think of it that way instead of, ‘It’s decent for most but it’s not good enough for me.’ And I almost needed to hit rock bottom at the Ryder Cup to snap out of it.”

McIlroy enters 2023 as arguably the best player in the world once again and seems primed to make a run at another major championship that he desperately needs. At 33 years old, there’s still plenty of time for the former prodigy to live up to the lofty expectations the golf world once had of him in regard to major championship victories, but it’s time to get going.

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Justin Thomas makes surprising Thanksgiving U-Turn

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Justin Thomas, set to tee it up as part of the select 20 at the Hero World Challenge, has admitted he might have been wrong about Thanksgiving dinner.

The former world number one, and winner of the 2022 PGA Championship, will look to finish higher than his best-of-event fifth place and secure some momentum towards the 2023 season. With that, the 29-year-old can reach some of the ambitious targets he sets himself each year – falling short of just a few in 2022.

Perhaps more suited to the relaxed, light-hearted nature of Tigers’s invitational, plus the upcoming Match VII and PNC Championship, JT called himself out on a three-year-old tweet about the traditional meal.

Replies were massively in favour of rejecting the turkey, with one response being:

JT, we do steaks in our house with all the traditional Thanksgiving sides and pies…you can do it…you just gotta make the choice to go for it…don’t lay-up from 200 yds on the par 5,” whilst renown golf story-teller, Ryan French, also agreed with the two-time major winner:

I’m not sure what the poor turkey has done. If done well, it rivals chicken, but JT isn’t having it, politely calling it:

If anything, at least we know what will never be on his Masters winners’ dinner menu.

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Two Phil Mickelson putters go up for auction…and Phil authenticates them on video

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Last week, we reported on the start of an auction on for one of Tiger Woods’ famous Sunday red shirts.

By Sunday evening, November 27th, there had been 19 bids on the shirt worn during the final round of The Masters 2010, with the current leading offer being $44,771.00. With 13 days left, auction house, Golden Age, will expect bids to reach well in advance of $50k, by some way the biggest price for any of the current ‘Tiger’ memorabilia on the site.

It might have been a good few years since the famed years of the Woods/Phil Mickelson rivalry, but Lefty can’t keep out of the news that his great rival makes, and he too has authenticated some iconic golfing gear – a pair of Scotty Cameron putters.

The first is a handmade Cameron putter that Golden Age can authenticate with photographic evidence.

“We have located loads of photos of Phil Mickelson using this exact putter during that 2002 GHO victory, as well as in the Open Championship, PGA Championship, and Ryder Cup,” the auction house confirms.

“This custom putter is a left handed red dot Circle T Scotty Cameron,” they state, before describing the flat-stick in full. “It has a teryllium face that Scotty Cameron himself personally inserted into this putter. The toe is hand-stamped PHIL.”

Photo-matching is great, but in an era when many are cynical about the provenance of auction items, it is hard to beat video evidence from the player himself.

 

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In the video, Lefty states that, “They were both handmade by Scotty and I used them in the early 2000s. I definitely won with one for sure,” before confirming, “They were handmade by Scotty and myself around 2001.”

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