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

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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:

“..um…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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  1. Chuck

    Sep 19, 2022 at 11:01 pm

    That LIV Golf presser had a big “criminal lineup” vibe.

  2. Bob

    Sep 19, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    While I’m no fan of Rory, why is he living rent-free in these guys’ heads?

    These guys are nothing but paper-chasing slags and want everyone to forget.

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

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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

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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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Greg Norman given mullet haircut from Cam Smith at latest LIV Golf event

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Despite the previous legendary names, ex-world number ones and major winners, surely Greg Norman’s biggest coup has been the signing of Cameron Smith to LIV Golf.

Even with denials at both The Open and FedEx Cup, there seemed little doubt that the most recent of the major champions would join the ‘Golf but Louder’ tour, his first outing being LIV Golf Boston at the beginning of the month.

Given their birthplace, the relationship between Chairman and independent contractor was always going to be close, but having now joined Norman as winner of the Claret Jug, the ties have got closer.

So much so, the 29-year-old is giving his ’employer’ a copy of his famous haircut.

Often derided, golf fans have always noted Smith not only for his excellent short game but also for his (horrendous) mullet, a haircut that seemed to get more bizarre by the year.

LIV has upped the ante, though.

Already offering an alternative to traditional golf, with, amongst other relaxed rulings, 54-hole shotgun starts, music playing throughout events and now allowing players to wear shorts during play, LIV has raised the stakes.

Throughout the latest event in Chicago, the tour offered  free mullet haircuts to one-and-all, the reward being $1000 to charity. And the boss man himself got involved.

Yesterday, Norman tweeted a photo of himself in the barber’s chair, being given a bit of a trim by Cameron Smith.

What this has to do with golf is anyone’s guess, but LIV seems not to worry a bit. It’s publicity, it gets folk talking, and for them, it may get people watching.

It’s golf, but certainly not as we know it.

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