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More Than A Mullet

Cameron Smith has earned a spot in pro golf's elite in a way all his own

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T he hours leading up to Sunday afternoon at the Masters can be stressful if you’re in the final pairing, but Cameron Smith’s only worry was forgetting to take home to Palm Valley, Fla., a six-pack of his favorite Australian beer. It’s a lite lager called XXXX Gold, and a friend from Down Under visiting Augusta, Ga., had brought it over. Smith packed the beers inside a cooler of ice and left it at the front door of his rented house, ensuring he couldn’t leave without seeing them. It was an unusual way to spend the morning before the biggest round of his life, during which he contended but ultimately finished T-3. (Masters winner Scottie Scheffler confessed he had cried with anxiety before the round.) Smith, 28, has no regrets. The Australian is proud that even on the biggest stage, golf doesn’t consume him. “If we’d driven back to Florida and realized, halfway, that we’d forgotten the beers, I wouldn’t have forgiven myself,” he says with a laugh.

WHEN DES SMITH INTRODUCED HIS son to golf as a toddler at Wantima golf course in the humble northern suburbs of Brisbane, Australia, he couldn’t have predicted Cameron would one day win the Players Championship and become a top-five player in the world. Des does remember a moment from Cameron’s junior golf days that signaled his boy was different. Brisbane is blessed with more than 280 days a year of sunshine so that golfers don’t rush to tee it up in rainy weather.

“I was the junior coordinator at our club, and we started running a nine-hole competition,” Des says. “One day I had to call it off because of rain and storms. But Cam begged me to play. He said, ‘Dad, you can’t call it off. I play better in the rain.’ He wasn’t even 10 years old, and he saw bad weather as a challenge he could overcome.”

Des, a scratch golfer, knew his son could make a career out of golf when Cameron, at 12, broke par and beat his dad for the first time in the same round (69 to his dad’s 71). Cameron began working with his coach, Grant Field, around that time and started to soar through the ranks of Australian amateur golf, making the national team at age 16. His teammates were big, strong lads in their 20s, and some were playing college golf in the United States. Smith was small and slim, so he developed cheeky trash talk to disarm older golfers.

Queensland’s state coach, Tony Meyer, remembers a funny exchange at the 2011 Asia Pacific Amateur in Singapore involving Matt Smith, a star at Texas Tech. “Matt was struggling with his swing, and I was watching him on the range,” Meyer says. “Cam was hitting balls next to us and calls out, ‘Hey, Matt! Watch this.’ Cam then hit a towering long iron and said, ‘See that? Just copy that.’ Matt was seven years older than Cam; it was hilarious.”

“I’ve always liked taking the mickey out of people,” Smith says. “Among my mates, if you weren’t taking the mickey out of someone, they were doing it to you. But it has to be light-hearted.”

Smith turned pro in 2013, weighing 160 pounds and averaging 280 yards with the driver. Field urged Smith to start on the Asian Tour, and a hot season was highlighted by a tie for fifth in his PGA Tour debut at the co-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia.

Smith met his longtime caddie Sam Pinfold at the 2014 New Zealand Open by coincidence. Pinfold, a Kiwi who had previously worked for Ryo Ishikawa, Aron Price and Trevor Immelman, should have been in the United States caddieing for Brendan Steele, but visa problems in 2014 effectively ended that partnership.

MY FIRST FEW YEARS ON TOUR, THE THOUGHT OF BEING NO. 1 SEEMED FAR-FETCHED. I ALMOST DIDN’T WANT IT BECAUSE IT SEEMED TOO HARD. BUT NOW MY MENTALITY HAS CHANGED.

“My first round with Cam at the New Zealand Open,” Pinfold says, “ he hit all 18 greens and shot 66.” Pinfold stayed in touch while Smith tried to secure his PGA Tour card, and Smith pulled it off in 2015 in a dramatic way. He birdied four of his last six holes at U.S. Open qualifying in Columbus, Ohio, to book his place at Chambers Bay. There Smith needed a top-five result to secure Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour. On the par-5 72nd hole, Smith hit a 3-wood to tap-in range for eagle and a T-4 finish. “At the time it was the coolest moment I’ve had in golf, and it didn’t sink in until I sat in the hotel room that night,” says Smith, who won $407,000 and went back to Australia for a month to celebrate. He also hired Pinfold full-time.

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Smith was homesick during his first two years on the PGA Tour. After Chambers Bay, he didn’t register a top 10 the next season and had to win his card back through the Korn Ferry finals. “For the first couple of months on the PGA Tour, we didn’t really go inside the locker room,” Pinfold says. “Cam was quite shy to use those facilities. We’d often just keep balls and gloves in the car and go straight to the range.”

Two years later, Pinfold suggested Smith partner with Pinfold’s Jacksonville housemate, Sweden’s Jonas Blixt, for the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. It was a caddie masterstroke as Smith won his first PGA Tour event. He teamed with fellow Australian Marc Leishman and won the event again in 2021.

Pinfold has been on the bag for all five of Smith’s PGA Tour wins and his two Australian PGA Championship victories. The pair hang out regularly in Jacksonville Beach. “To watch him grow as a person, as a human, as a golfer, I feel privileged to be a part of that,” Pinfold says. Smith, who calls his bagman “Pinna,” relishes his attitude. “Pinna is as positive on the first tee shot on Thursday as he is grinding to make the cut on Friday,” Smith says.

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FIRST CUT Smith’s love of lawn work led him to befriend the superintendent's staff at TPC Sawgrass.

MOWING THE LAWN GETS ME AWAY FROM THE WORLD. I DON’T EVEN LISTEN TO MUSIC, JUST THE SOUND OF THE MOTOR AND GRASS GETTING CUT.

AFTER HIS FIRST PGA TOUR WIN IN 2017, Smith wanted to give back to the golf body in Queensland. He didn’t want to have just another charity golf day, so in 2018 he created a junior scholarship for elite amateurs. The prize for the two winners each year is an all-expenses-paid trip to Smith’s Florida house for a week of golf and mentoring.

The inaugural recipients were teenagers Louis Dobbelaar and Jed Morgan. Smith suggested a 72-hole wager to the boys and offered them 10 shots. The rounds were at Pablo Creek, Atlantic Beach and two at TPC Sawgrass. Dobbelaar opened with 72 and Morgan 73, and Smith cruised to a 63. The boys used almost all their strokes on Day 1.

“We were nervous to justify our scholarships, and after the round, Cam looked us in the face and said, ‘I didn’t realize they’d sent over the Queensland practice squad,’ ” Dobbelaar recalls.

Says Smith: “We’ve turned into great friends, but on that first day I thought it’d be funny to give two of the best juniors in Australia a hard time.”

The week turned into a light-hearted boot camp of sorts. Dinners and activities were luxurious, but Smith tested them on the course and in the gym. “We didn’t go a day without sledging; it was awesome,” says Morgan, using an Aussie cricket term for trash talk. For the final round at Sawgrass, Smith, miles ahead in the bet, offered a consolation prize: Shoot under par from the back tees and the boys could have anything in the golf shop. Dobbelaar shot 71 but avoided an expensive prize, opting for a modest Players Championship-logoed shag bag. “I still use it every day on the range as motivation to get to the PGA Tour,” Dobbelaar says.

Dobbelaar and Morgan are now touring pros. Dobbelaar is on the PGA Tour Latinoamerica, and Morgan won the Australian PGA Championship by 11 shots last year to secure DP World Tour status. The scholarship is in its fourth year and remains close to Smith’s heart. “When I first came to the U.S., I really had no one else around the same age as me who I could relate to and have a beer with,” Smith says. “I wanted to be someone Aussie juniors could talk to. I love watching the juniors play golf because they play with such freedom. As PGA Tour players, sometimes you’re so worried about the outcome of shots, you forget to be a kid. But it’s just golf, not the end of the world.”

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Now in his eighth season, Smith has developed a network of friendships on tour, but who they are might surprise you; a lot of his closest buddies are caddies, including Matt Kelly, who works for Leishman, and Rickie Fowler’s caddie, Joe Skovron. During the week of the Players Championship that Smith won, he hosted an “appreciation party” at his house for more than 25 PGA Tour caddies. “I just wanted to buy them some beers and pizzas to say thanks for being there throughout the year,” Smith says. “Caddies are so down to earth, and they’re genuine people who want to see you do well. I can relate to them a bit more than maybe some of the players.”

One of Smith’s strongest player friendships is Leishman, a six-time PGA Tour winner. He remembers Smith’s shyness as a rookie but says Smith had grown confident by the time they were selected for team Australia at the 2018 World Cup of Golf in Melbourne. “It was the first day of best ball,” Leishman recalls. “I wasn’t contributing much, but Cam made an eagle and a birdie in his first few holes. He turned to me and said, ‘Leish, you’re welcome to turn up at any time.’ It was very funny and very Cam Smith.”

AS PGA TOUR PLAYERS, SOMETIMES YOU’RE SO WORRIED ABOUT THE OUTCOME OF SHOTS, YOU FORGET TO BE A KID. BUT IT’S JUST GOLF, NOT THE END OF THE WORLD.

Leishman believes Smith could win multiple majors, a feat no Australian male golfer has achieved since Greg Norman in the 1990s. “He loves the fight, and that’s necessary to win majors and get to world No. 1,” Leishman says. “What I also like is Cam rewards himself and parties after a win. With the amount of work we put in, we still don’t win golf tournaments very often, and it’s crucial to treat yourself.”

Smith is known within his circle for switching off from golf when at home in Palm Valley. He indulges in a love of fishing and fast cars. He has the “everyday car,” an Audi RS 6 sports wagon, and an orange Nissan GT-R, which has 1,300 horsepower and is modified to look like it’s from the “The Fast and the Furious.”

He also has an obsession with lawn work that has seen him befriend the greens staff at TPC Sawgrass. “Mowing the lawn gets me away from the world,” Smith says. “I don’t even listen to music, just the sound of the motor and grass getting cut.”

Smith’s stunning house backs onto Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway, with a private dock. He walks out the back and onto his Front Runner 40-foot boat for fishing trips with childhood best friend Jack Wilkosz. The biggest fish the pair have caught is a 170-pound Atlantic tarpon. “We get a little tarpon run for a few months in Jacksonville, and they’re the most insane fish I’ve ever seen,” Smith says. “Tarpon are massive, aggressive, and they jump out the water. You grab them by the mouth to lift them up out of the water, and I could have fit my head in its mouth.”

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LOW PROFILE So far, Smith ranks first in birdie average (5.38) and scoring average (69.33) this season.

Smith and Wilkosz—a colorful character who also sports a mullet—have been friends since their early teens in Brisbane. Smith asked Wilkosz to move to the United States several years ago to quell his homesickness and to help out on tour. Wilkosz will do things like take swing videos of Smith for Field, who is mainly based in Australia, or transport the TrackMan and other gear at tournaments. “Jack is a great addition to the team, and he makes life a little easier, but it’s nice having a really good friend traveling with me,” Smith says.

Smith won the Sony Open in Hawaii in 2020 for his second PGA Tour title and then finished T-2 behind Dustin Johnson at the November Masters. Smith became the only player in Masters history to shoot four rounds in the 60s. His profile was also boosted by growing a mullet, which was inspired by rugby-league players in Australia who were donning the haircut. When it drew laughs from PGA Tour players and caddies, Smith committed to it.

At the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui in January, Smith beat then-world No. 1 Jon Rahm by one shot and set a PGA Tour record of 34 under par. Smith credits his girlfriend, Shanel Naoum, for inspiring him to another level. Naoum is a Jacksonville-area chiropractor, and the pair met through mutual friends. “Shanel makes me really happy,” Smith says. “She’s a hard worker. She just graduated from chiropractic school, so she spent eight years in university. Having someone next to you who means so much and is working hard is motivating. I want to go to the course and practice that little bit harder to almost try and outdo her.”

The work is paying off. His clubhead speed is up to 115 miles per hour, which has boosted his average driving distance to 298 yards, up from 283.6 yards in his rookie PGA Tour season. Smith ranks among the top 10 for approach play and putting. “Cam’s short game is incredible, but his mentality probably is his real strength,” says 2013 Masters winner Adam Scott.

CADDIES ARE SO DOWN TO EARTH, AND THEY’RE GENUINE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO SEE YOU DO WELL. I CAN RELATE TO THEM A BIT MORE THAN MAYBE SOME OF THE PLAYERS.

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CALL IT A DAY Smith is the type of player who puts in the hard work and then loves treating himself afterward.

In March, Smith made 10 birdies in the final round at the Players Championship and one-putted eight of his last nine holes to win by one. It was impressive even without considering a record $3.6-million winner’s prize was on the line. Celebrations that night were trademark Smith, not fancy but meaningful. Smith already had his mother, Sharon, and sister, Mel, over from Australia that week; he had not seen them in more than two years because of Australia’s strict COVID-19 border restrictions. He invited another 30 people over for a party. Smith’s first move was to ask Wilkosz to light the backyard fire pit. Wilkosz was using a blowtorch with little success—but lots of smoke—before Smith disappeared and returned with a leaf blower to fan the flames and ignite it. Family, friends and tour players such as Scott drank beers and told stories into the wee hours.

Naturally, Smith entered the Masters as one of the favorites. On Sunday, Smith birdied the first two holes to come within one of Scheffler, but a series of errors—including a triple bogey at Augusta National’s par-3 12th—dashed his hopes, and he tied for third. Smith owns four top 10s from six starts at Augusta National but believes his green jacket will come. “I reflected a little, but I didn’t read into anything about the Masters afterward,” Smith says. “It’s easy to get sucked into the spotlight or dwell on things, but I don’t.

“I’ve always been a process type of person,” he adds. “I’ll go to the course and tick all the boxes of what I need to work on. I’ll get in the gym and tick all those boxes, too. I’m not trying to impress or disappoint anyone because the anxiety of professional sports can be overwhelming. My goal waking up every day is to be a better golfer.”

Smith will have more chances to reach No. 1 if he can maintain his current level of play. “That’s crazy to think about,” Smith says. “My first few years on tour, the thought of being No. 1 seemed far-fetched, and I almost didn’t want it because it seemed too hard. But now my mentality has changed. I’m going to try my best, and even if I don’t make it, at least I’ll know I had a good crack at it.”

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Cameron Smith, Winner of This Year’s British Open, Joins LIV Golf

Smith’s defection had been expected, but Rory McIlroy tried to stave it off back in July.

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Cameron Smith, the world’s second-ranked golfer and a player whose exceptional final-round putting carried him to this year’s British Open title , will join LIV Golf , the breakaway series financed with money from Saudi Arabia.

Smith is expected to play in LIV’s next 54-hole, no-cut tournament, which will begin Friday in Bolton, Mass., west of Boston. Five other players — Anirban Lahiri, Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, Cameron Tringale and Harold Varner III — will also join a LIV field for the first time, the series announced on Tuesday.

The moves by the players were widely expected but still bruised the PGA Tour, which has spent months trying to devise ways to keep players in its establishment fold. Last week, Jay Monahan, the PGA Tour commissioner, announced changes, including purses averaging $20 million at a dozen events next season, that executives hoped would better position the tour to compete with the allure of LIV, which has enticed players with more relaxed schedules and, in some instances, contracts reportedly worth at least $100 million.

Smith, a 29-year-old from Australia who also won this year’s Players Championship , was a leading target for the series, which is underwritten by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. The possibility of a Smith defection was such an open secret that a reporter asked Smith about it soon after he won the Open, where he shot an eight-under-par 64 on a Sunday to rally from a four-stroke deficit.

“I just won the British Open, and you’re asking about that?” Smith said at a news conference then. “I think that’s pretty not that good.”

Pressed, Smith added: “I don’t know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I’m here to win golf tournaments.”

Rory McIlroy, one of the PGA Tour’s fiercest supporters and the man whose final-round ambitions Smith had patiently eroded at St. Andrews, spoke with Smith two days after the tournament.

“Guys that are thinking one way or another, honestly, I don’t care if they leave or not,” McIlroy recounted last week in Atlanta, where he was for the Tour Championship that he would go on to win . “It’s not going to make a difference to me. But I would at least like people to make a decision that is completely informed and basically know: ‘This is what’s coming down the pipeline. This is what you may be leaving behind.’”

But in the weeks after the British Open and the exchange with McIlroy, Smith did not deny a report in The Telegraph , the London newspaper, that he intended to play for LIV in exchange for at least $100 million.

Smith is only the latest major tournament winner to sign with LIV Golf, which has drawn scrutiny because of Saudi Arabia’s human rights record, and the field in Bolton is expected to include Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka.

“LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league is attracting the world’s best players and will grow the game into the future for the next generation,” Greg Norman, the two-time British Open winner and LIV’s chief executive, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The best and the brightest continue to embrace the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we’re building: a tangible league for team golf that will connect with new audiences all over the globe.”

Although Smith was the headliner of Tuesday’s signing class, the five other golfers added to LIV’s roster have sometimes been formidable.

Lahiri, a member of two Olympic teams, has long been among India’s best golfers and finished in a tie for fifth at the P.G.A. Championship in 2015. That same year, Leishman tied for second at the British Open at St. Andrews after a playoff.

Niemann turned professional in 2018 and has already amassed more than $14.5 million in career earnings, partly as a result of a wire-to-wire victory at the Genesis Invitational in February. Varner, who has been one of the few Black golfers on the PGA Tour, has 16 career top-10 tour finishes.

Tringale played 29 tour events this past season, winning just more than $3 million, but he has never fared better in a major tournament than a tie for 14th.

Alan Blinder covers college sports for The Times. Based in Atlanta, he travels the country to report on the athletes, coaches, colleges, conferences, corporations and donors behind some of America’s most popular passions. More about Alan Blinder

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Cameron Smith has no regrets about joining LIV Golf .

While speaking on the Australian Best of ABC Sport podcast, Smith detailed why he ultimately went to LIV, and the PGA Tour should take note of the reasons why:

“There’s definitely no regret here,” Smith said.

“I think for me, having an event in Adelaide this year, and we’re going back there next year. That was so much fun. It was fun to play in front of the home crowd, and it’s also really nice to have an off-season at home in Australia as well. It’s something I haven’t been able to do for a long time. So, no complaints here.”

LIV Golf’s Adelaide event proved to be a resounding success, as the land down under has been starved of top-tier professional golf for years. Thousands of Australians flocked to the tournament, becoming one big party.

Knowing this, just this past week, LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman announced that LIV will return to Adelaide in late April.

That will satisfy Smith, as he will get to return home to play in front of his fellow Aussies.

But he also shared the importance of spending ample time in his home country—something Australian golfers do not have the luxury of having.

“I think naturally, being Australian, we’re world travelers anyway, you know, we’re so far away from everything,” Smith said.

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“Those seven or eight years on the PGA tour were really nice. It was easy to get around, but I missed the international travel. It’s something that I’ve always enjoyed: traveling the world, seeing different cultures, and seeing different golf courses. I think we’ve done a really good job of that (on LIV), and going forward, I think we’ll do a bit more of that.”

Indeed, the PGA Tour’s schedule is much less strenuous than that of an international circuit like the DP World Tour. It predominately stages events in the United States, which has led many international players to pursue opportunities on LIV Golf.

Of course, LIV Golf has a more international schedule but fewer events.

International stars like Smith want to play events worldwide, whether in his native Australia, Asia, the Middle East, or continental Europe.

Meanwhile, the PGA Tour staged only one tournament in any of those places in 2023, the ZOZO Championship in Japan.

Perhaps the Tour should look to partner with more global events—like the Australian Open —to diversify the game even further and expand its reach across the globe.

After all, golf is a global game.

Jack Milko is a golf staff writer for SB Nation’s Playing Through. You can follow him on Twitter @jack_milko for more golf coverage. Be sure to check out @_PlayingThrough too.

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Australian golf stars Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman officially join golf's LIV Tour

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Open champion Cameron Smith has become the first member of world golf's top 10 to join the controversial LIV tour.

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  • Cameron Smith is the highest-ranked player to join LIV Golf
  • LIV Golf CEO Greg Norman lauded the latest signings as a victory
  • LIV Golf is backed by the Saudi government's Public Investment Fund

The announcement was made on Tuesday night by the organisation, which is led by Australian great Greg Norman and backed by the Saudi government's Public Investment Fund.

The 29-year-old Australian, who has been linked to LIV Golf for months, will make his debut in the controversial series at the September 2-4 event being held at The International Golf Club outside Boston.

Smith told Golf Digest that his decision to join the breakaway tour was partially down to the financial benefits, even if he did not confirm reports he signed on for a figure in the vicinity of $145 million.

"[That] was definitely a factor in making that decision, I won't ignore that or say that wasn't a reason," Smith told Golf Digest.

"It was obviously a business decision for one and an offer I couldn't ignore."

He also said lifestyle factors played a part.

"The biggest thing for me joining is [LIV's] schedule is really appealing," Smith said.

"I'll be able to spend more time at home in Australia and maybe have an event down there, as well."

Smith first faced a series of questions after raising the Claret Jug at the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews , and  bristled when he was asked in his press conference if he was joining LIV Golf.

"I just won the British Open and you're asking about that, I think that's pretty, not that good," Smith said at the time, before adding that his "team" worries about those details.

Smith's signing was announced alongside fellow Australian Marc Leishman, American golfers Harold Varner III and Cameron Tringale, rising Chilean star Joaquin Niemann and India's Anirban Lahiri.

Norman, who is CEO of LIV Golf,  lauded the signings as a big day for the upstart league.

"LIV Golf is showing the world that our truly global league is attracting the world's best players and will grow the game into the future for the next generation," he said in a statement.

"The best and the brightest continue to embrace the excitement and energy of LIV Golf and what we're building: a tangible league for team golf that will connect with new audiences all over the globe."

Aside from winning his first major at The Open, Smith also won The Players Championship and recorded a top-five finish at The Masters.

As a result of his defection Smith will no longer be considered eligible to represent the international team at next month's President's Cup at Quail Hollow.

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The same goes for Leishman, who has enjoyed a distinguished career, with six PGA Tour victories, and a second-placed finish at the 2015 Open, behind South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen.

Smith joins fellow major winners Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Bryson DeChambeau, Patrick Reed, Sergio Garcia, Charl Schwartzel and Oosthuizen in joining the rebel tour, which has caused fractured relationships between those who have joined, the PGA Tour and those loyal to the PGA.

While some of golf's biggest names have joined the the Saudi-backed league, claims of sportswashing from the Saudi government remain, and the likes of Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy have remained steadfastly loyal to the PGA Tour and advocated for other players to do the same.

Woods reportedly turned down an offer from Norman that was in the ballpark of $1 billion.

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Cameron Smith is the captain of Ripper GC and claimed his second career individual LIV Golf victory at LIV Golf London in 2023. Smith's other win came in his second start since joining the League in 2022 (Chicago). Winner of 11 other professional events, Smith won five times across multiple tours in 2022. The Australian star joined the immortals when he shot a final-round of 64 to come from four shots back to win The 150th Open Championship at St Andrews. Smith, who has represented Australia in several team events and won three Australian PGA Championships, reached the heights of No.2 in the world.

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Greatest influence on golfing career? Dad Golfer you most admire? Adam Scott Number of holes-in-one? 5 If you could play any course in the world, it would be … Royal Melbourne/St Andrews Golf achievement you’re most proud of? The Open win Round of golf you’ve enjoyed the most? Last round at The Open, 2022 Your perfect golf shot? Trim fade If you could acquire one trait from another golfer, what would it be? Drive like DJ Shot that gives you the most difficulty? Draw with long irons Most interesting thing about being a professional golfer? The traveling and different cultures

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LIV Golf at the Masters: What have Cameron Smith, other players said about first 2023 major?

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Worlds collide when LIV golfers and PGA Tour professionals clash at the 2023 Masters next week.

Australia's Cameron Smith, the fifth-ranked player in the world who defected to LIV Golf after winning last year's Open Championship, said his contingent is looking to show people "a high standard of golf" at August National.

"Obviously first and foremost for me, I'm trying to go there and play the best golf I can," Smith told reporters Thursday at Orange County National in Orlando, via ESPN . "I think it is important for us to go there, really show a high standard of golf — which we know we're all capable of."

Eighteen LIV golfers have been invited to compete at Augusta National starting Thursday. Among them are former Masters champions Phil Mickelson (2004, 2006, 2010), Charl Schwartzel (2011), Bubba Watson (2012, 2014), Sergio Garcia (2017), Patrick Reed (2018), Dustin Johnson (2020) and other big names such as Bryson DeChambeau, Brooks Koepka and Smith.

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Since the PGA Tour and LIV Golf play completely separate schedules and at different venues, the 2023 Masters — the first of four major championships this year — will mark the first time LIV Golf players have been eligible to play alongside PGA cardholders this season. 

"Most of us will get four cracks at it this year and hopefully we get maybe a win out of it," Smith said of his LIV Golf comrades, who are prohibited from competing in any non-major PGA Tour events. "Maybe we just show a really hearty effort. I think for us, internally, there's a lot of chatter going around about 'these guys don't play real golf anymore.'

"And I think it's B.S. to be honest. And we just want to show people that."

LIV Golf, which is backed by the Saudi Arabia wealth fund, has been the subject of controversy since its inception. Saudi Arabia has been accused of wide-ranging human rights abuses, including politically motivated killings, torture, forced disappearances and inhumane treatment of prisoners. And members of the royal family and Saudi government were accused of involvement in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist.

And depending on who you ask, the comingling might be a bit uncomfortable at Augusta National.

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Joaquin Niemann said PGA Tour players "hate" LIV golfers, according to GOLF.com . DeChambeau insinuated earlier this week that Tiger Woods has cut off contact with him since the former joined the LIV Golf ranks.

But not everyone feels quite as strongly. Reed said things should be "business as usual" when asked about LIV golfers heading to Augusta, per SkySports . Watson said things are "only awkward in the media" and downplayed any hard feelings between the two sides.

Regardless, it could be interesting to see how any emotions play out with players from both tours squaring off for a green jacket.

2024 Valspar Championship odds, picks, Fantasy golf power rankings: PGA Tour predictions and best bets for this week's event from golf expert

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In what was an epic final round of THE PLAYERS Championship, with four golfers among the top eight in the Official World Golf Rankings, Scottie Scheffler prevailed for the second straight week and became the first ever back-to-back winner of the PGA Tour's biggest regular season tournament. The Florida Swing continues this week with the Valspar Championship at Innisbrook Resort's Copperhead Course in Palm Harbor, Florida. The $8.4 million purse will be contested by 156 players with the winner receiving more than $1.5 million. The Copperhead Course is a par-71, playing at more than 7,300 yards with tree-lined, narrow fairways and features many elevation changes. The first tee times begin at 7:40 a.m. ET on Thursday.

Last week's co-runner up, Xander Schauffele is a +900 favorite at the Valspar Championship, followed by two-time winner of this event, Sam Burns (+1100), with 2015 winner Jordan Spieth and Justin Thomas at +1400. 

With a competitive field for the third week of the 2024 Florida Swing, who can you trust for your Valspar Championship Fantasy golf picks? Before you set your 2024 Valspar Championship golf lineups or make any PGA Tour bets, you NEED to see the Fantasy golf rankings from Fantasy expert Eric Cohen .

Cohen is an avid golf bettor who correctly predicted the pre-tournament outright winner of the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic (Rickie Fowler +1400), 2023 PGA Championship (Brooks Koepka +2000), 2023 Honda Classic (Chris Kirk +3500), 2022 Open Championship (Cameron Smith +2200), 2022 U.S. Open (Matt Fitzpatrick +2500), and 2022 Phoenix Open (Scottie Scheffler's first career victory at +2800). 

Eric is a contributor to SportsLine's YouTube shows including "Early Edge" and is the host of "The Early Wedge" golf show (live on Tuesday, 3/19 at 7:00 p.m. ET).  Anyone who has followed Cohen's predictions has made positive gains on their golf picks.

Now, Cohen has studied the field set to play at the Copperhead Course and revealed his Valspar Championship Fantasy golf rankings. 

We can tell you he is backing Maverick McNealy, who finished ninth last week at THE PLAYERS Championship, at +6000 odds. "The collegiate star at Stanford has been excellent of late with a T6 in Scottsdale, T13 in Mexico, and T9 last week at TPC Sawgrass. I can't remember the last time I saw a player gain nearly eight shots around the greens as McNealy did last week, but that scrambling should be crucial again around The Snake Pit."

On the other hand, Cohen is fading World No. 8 Brian Harman at +2200, despite the fact that he made a run at last week's title. "Harman has missed five of the last six cuts here, but in 2022, he finished T5 while gaining 7.6 strokes putting. While I'm bullish on his current form, I'm putting Harman down towards the bottom of this list due to his rather poor history at Innisbrook."

Cohen also is backing several underdogs in his 2024 Valspar Championship Fantasy golf picks, including a HUGE 175-1 longshot who has been excellent on the Florida Swing ! If this player can pull off a stunning result, it would bring a HUGE payoff and be a valuable piece for The Players Championship Fantasy golf lineups. You ABSOLUTELY need to see who it is before locking in any fantasy golf picks.

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T here was, at one point, plenty of hope that the divisive schism enveloping men’s professional golf would resolve itself by the time the game’s best players drove back down Augusta National ’s Magnolia Lane.

It was in June last year, after all, that the PGA Tour announced a shock framework agreement with Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), bankrollers of the breakaway circuit LIV Golf and the sport’s disruptors-in-chief.

Nine months on, however, and an agreement remains elusive. Deadlines have been extended, face-to-face talks have been held, but, barring a miracle in the next few weeks, the PGA Tour and LIV will remain at odds as the first tee goes into the ground for the 2024 Masters .

The division, however frustrating for golf fans, does lend itself to an intriguing subplot ahead of golf’s first major of the year. Despite the public desire from both sets of players to play down the us-against-them narrative, officials on both tours will surely be desperate to see one of their players win while crucial negotiations continue to roll on in the background.

Ahead of the golf’s first major, The Independent takes an early look at the top contenders to take home the green jacket from both rival tours.

Jon Rahm , who bested LIV’s Brooks Koepka with a sublime Sunday performance to claim his second major this time last year, will now return not only as the defending champion but the American’s colleague following his eye-watering £450m switch to the Saudi-backed circuit in December last year.

The Spaniard has already spoken about the disappointment of not being able to defend three of the PGA Tour titles he won in 2023 and, therefore, will undoubtedly relish the opportunity to remind everyone of his talents and become just the fourth back-to-back winner at Augusta.

Despite failing to win any of his first four LIV events in 2024, the 29-year-old has not yet finished outside the top eight and still remains as complete a golfer as he ever was. There will, undoubtedly, be extra pressure and noise surrounding his appearance this year but that feels like the exact environment in which Rahm could thrive.

Scottie Scheffler

For a man of Scottie Scheffler ’s talents, it felt improbable at the start of March that the world’s number-one golfer was about to go a whole year without a win. In the space of a fortnight, however, the American put paid to that notion, winning back-to-back events, including becoming the first man ever to defend the Players Championship.

Despite his well-documented woes with the putter, Scheffler only needed a marginal upturn in form on the greens to allow his ball-striking mastery to win him the titles his consistency deserves.

The 27-year-old batted off questions comparing him with Tiger Woods after his win at TPC Sawgrass but his form – if a 12-month span of sustained excellence can be labelled as such – is making those analogies all the more difficult to ignore.

Scheffler claimed his first and only major to date at the Masters in 2022 and only once finished outside the top ten at a major last year. Rahm may well be the defending champion for the week, but Scheffler is undoubtedly the man to beat.

Brooks Koepka

Following a tough spell with injuries in 2022, Brooks Koepka looked ready to re-announce himself on the major stage at this tournament last year before falling short after Rahm’s superb Sunday showing.

The American, though, didn’t have to wait long to break his near four-year winless major run, tasting victory at the following month’s PGA Championship at Bay Hill with a commanding two-shot victory.

Where Scheffler revels in his unnerving consistency, Koepka’s day-to-day record is more hot and cold. He has three wins since his move to LIV but has finished inside the top ten just once in their first four events.

But the 33-year-old is the man for the big occasion and there is no greater stage than Augusta. With two second-place finishes at Augusta in his last five starts and quite possibly the greatest major championship player of his generation, he is not someone to be overlooked.

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy has searched everywhere for the winning formula to end his near decade-long major drought but has, thus far, been unsuccessful. At the US Open last year, the time looked right only for the Northern Irishman to be denied by a coming-of-age display from Wyndham Clark.

The 34-year-old crashed and burned at Augusta last year – floundering to a missed cut after two poor days – but that performance is the only time he has finished outside the top eight in the last eight major championships.

The Masters is the only major left for the Northern Irishman’s career grand slam and while early-season results on the PGA Tour have not been encouraging, he heads to Augusta with his game the only focus having recused himself from the Tour’s policy board late last year. It could prove a vital weight off his shoulders at a place that has tormented him more than most in years gone by.

Wyndham Clark

The aforementioned Clark was a 120/1 outsider when he captured US Open glory at Los Angeles Country Club last June but his odds of doubling his major tally at the Masters will be substantially shorter.

Clark won for the first time on the PGA Tour only one month prior to tasting major success last year but, since then, the American’s displays have ensured he won’t be regarded as a flash-in-the-pan major champion.

Capturing his second victory on tour at the Pebble Beach Pro-Am in February this year, the 30-year-old finished runner-up to Scheffler in back-to-back weeks at the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Players Championship. This April will be Clark’s first trip around Augusta in competition but there is no suggestion so far in his flourishing career that such a prospect should faze him.

Joaquin Niemann

Joaquin Niemann was the only golfer keen to lean into the LIV-PGA Tour rivalry before last year’s Masters, suggesting he had a fire under his belly to outperform his PGA Tour rivals “knowing that they hate us”.

An eventual T16 finish didn’t give him much reason to gloat but the Chilean returns to Georgia in the best form of his life, having enjoyed a productive winter on the DP World Tour followed by two wins in LIV’s first four events.

Such displays earned the 25-year-old a late invite to the Masters but, with last year’s finish at Augusta marking his first top-20 in a major, he must now take his game to another level yet again if he is to back up his invite and contend with the game’s best.

Xander Schauffele

Statistically speaking, nobody in the world has been able to hang with Scheffler over the past few months, although Xander Schauffele has made a damn good fist of it. The consistency of the American’s game has been staggering even if he may not have the wins to boast about in recent memory.

If any critique can be labelled against the 30-year-old it is that inability to get over the line in the biggest moments. He held an overnight lead at the Players but saw that slip away as putts failed to drop for him on Sunday and for all his consistency in majors, which has seen him notch up six top-five finishes, Schauffele has never quite got over the line when it truly matters.

One of his closest shaves saw him finish T2 in the 2019 Masters, playing a support act to Tiger Woods’ fairytale victory. Now playing the best golf of his career, though, the world No 5 could well get his breakout moment in the spotlight.

Cameron Smith

Somewhat of a forgotten star since his move to LIV, Cameron Smith was, at one point, golf’s hottest property having won the Players Championship and Open Championship in the same season.

A quiet character off the course, it’s easy to forget the Australian’s impressive record at Augusta, with four top-ten finishes in the last six years. Having notched up impressive performances, too, at last year’s PGA Championship and US Open, finishing T9 and fourth respectively, it’s clear that there are few courses capable of withstanding the 30-year-old’s aggressive style and flat-stick prowess.

With a T2 finish at the LIV’s most recent event in Hong Kong, Smith may well be peaking at the right time and could slide under the radar of his more outspoken and higher-profile LIV colleagues.

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2024 Valspar Championship leaderboard, scores: Keith Mitchell goes on heater as Justin Thomas implodes

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Most notable after 54 holes of the 2024 Valspar Championship is how many golfers have a chance to win. Well, that and Keith Mitchell's insane 3-2-2 finish on one of the trickier closing stretches on the PGA Tour to take the lead entering the final 18 holes at Innisbrook on Sunday.

Mitchell took a two-shot lead over a big group by holing out from 151 yards on the 18th -- a shot he didn't even see go in the hole -- to complete a 29 on the back nine and enter the clubhouse with a 5-under 66 for the day that put him 10 under for the event. He leads three different golfers by two and another trio by three.

"Obviously, some luck involved in that, but the good thing is I executed all the shots I wanted to," Mitchell said of his strong close. "That's really all I could do. I could have hit those same shots and made three pars and been just as happy. ... If I hit the shots like I hit coming down the stretch [Sunday], I'll have a chance. Because I hit 'em all where I wanted to. Johnny [Limanti, Mitchell's caddie] and I had some good numbers, and we executed 'em well. Out here with the wind, small greens, small fairways, you can hit good shots and not get rewarded."

Keith Mitchell: 3-2-2 finish at 16-17-18 today Mitchell is the first player in tournament history to play "The Snake Pit" in 7 shots — Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) March 23, 2024

There are an incredible 25 players within six of Mitchell's lead and 40 within six of second place. Given how much this leaderboard changed from Friday to Saturday, the closing round could be a thriller Sunday. Let's take a closer look at a wild finish to the third round at Innisbrook.

1. Keith Mitchell (-10):  It was not an impressive first 13 holes for Mitchell, who stood on the par-5 14th tee box even par for the day and three back of the lead. Then he lost his mind, closing birdie-par-birdie-birdie-eagle, the last of which was an all time moment.  Mitchell first missed seeing the hole out because he had something in his eye. 

An eagle hole-out to take the solo lead! @K_m_Mitchell is the first player in tournament history to play the Snake Pit (Nos. 16-18) in 4-under par @ValsparChamp . pic.twitter.com/EWrfSoY918 — PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) March 23, 2024

Then he hilariously asked his caddie for his putter even though the ball was in the hole because he wanted to fix his pitch mark on the green. An incredibly saucy move for somebody who has perhaps as much swag as anyone on the PGA Tour.

Keith Mitchell just dunked one on the last hole to shoot 66 but asked his caddie for his putter anyway so he could use it to fix his pitch mark before grabbing his ball. That's about as saucy as it gets. pic.twitter.com/oEUSw50eP2 — Kyle Porter (@KylePorterCBS) March 23, 2024

Will Mitchell close? 

That's going to be the question of Sunday's final round. The golf has been good of late -- three top 20s in his last four starts and a bit of contention for a while at last week's Players Championship -- but "top 20" and "holding off 20 players trying to take over the top spot of a tournament" are different achievements. 

Mitchell has led after 54 holes one time before on the PGA Tour -- at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship, where he shot 72 in the final round and finished T3.

"I tell myself [I'm ready to start winning more] a lot, and sometimes when you tell yourself that too much and you don't win, it actually can be a negative," he said. "It's really hard to win out here. I got my win early and felt like I could win more. Unfortunately, that's a really high expectation out here. Hopefully, I can continue to work on the right things, maybe even add some more stuff into my practice so that I can just put myself in contention more often. The more you're in contention the better chance you have to win."

Other contenders

T2. Seamus Power, Mackenzie Hughes, Peter Malnati (-8) T5. Chandler Phillips, Cameron Young, Brendon Todd (-7) T8. Cameron Champ, Adam Hadwin, Rico Hoey, Adam Svensson, Kevin Roy (-6)

The rest of the leaderboard is a smorgasbord. At one point on Saturday, there were 16 golfers with a better than 1% chance of winning the tournament but nobody with a better than 16% chance. A total free for all.

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The three golfers in the final group on Saturday -- Chandler Phillips, Kevin Streelman and Stewart Cink -- went from the top of the board to T5, T18 and T46 respectively. 

Anything can happen here on Sunday, but the players who are hitting it best (other than Mitchell, who is No. 1 in ball striking) are as follows.

  • Joel Dahmen (-1): 2nd in ball-striking
  • Ryan Moore (-5): 3rd
  • Rico Hoey (-6): 4th
  • Seamus Power (-8): 5th
  • Kevin Streelman (-5): 6th
  • Eric Cole (-2): 7th
  • Carl Yuan (-5): 8th
  • Thomas Detry (-4): 9th
  • Cameron Young (-7): 10th

Justin Thomas took 38 putts 

J.T. birdied his first hole and looked poised for a charge up the leaderboard. Then he played the rest of his round in 9 over. He had one of the worst putting days I have ever seen and did not make a single putt over 3 feet. His round included four three-putts. The numbers are astonishing ! 

He started the day 5 under and tied with Mitchell. Eighteen holes later, he sits 13 back.

Justin Thomas lost 7.034 strokes putting today, by far the worst putting round of his career. 38 total putts 22'10" of putts made He made a 2'9" putt on the first hole and didn't make anything longer than that for the rest of the day. pic.twitter.com/ZHTiYuMHtS — Rick Gehman (@RickRunGood) March 23, 2024

2024 Valspar Championship update odds, picks

Odds via Sportsline consensus

  • Keith Mitchell: 19/10
  • Mackenzie Hughes: 13/2
  • Seamus Power: 15/2
  • Cameron Young: 15/2
  • Peter Malnati: 11-1
  • Brendon Todd: 12-1

I personally think Mitchell is going to win this tournament, but considering how bunched the board is just behind Mitchell and how much it shifted on Saturday, there is value in Young at 15/2 given how he's hitting it and in some of the guys further down like Svensson (35-1), Hoey (50-1) and Yuan (110-1).

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LIV Golf’s Phil Mickelson and Caleb Surratt have dipped into the PGA Tour caddie ranks for not one but two regular caddies, sources tell Golfweek .

Mickelson announced on social media that his younger brother, Tim, who had served as his caddie for the past eight years including during the 2021 PGA Championship victory at Kiawah, has retired as his caddie . But he didn’t name a replacement. Golfweek has learned that veteran caddie Jon Yarbrough will be on the bag starting next week at the LIV Golf Miami event and the following week at the Masters.

Yarbrough, who has caddied for more than 20 years and for Scott Stallings for the past decade, won’t be on the bag for him this week at the Tour event in Houston. Yarbrough has previously caddied for the likes of Gary Woodland, Bill Haas, Smylie Kaufman and on the LPGA for Kelly Robbins, Morgan Pressel and Suzann Pettersen. Stallings, 39, made the Tour Championship in 2022 but is winless since the 2014 Farmers Insurance Open and has missed the cut in five of eight starts this season. Stallings is expected to have his swing coach on his bag this week. According to a source, Stallings and Yarbrough are very close, but the amount of guaranteed money offered “was incredible.” Reached via phone, Yarbrough declined to comment.

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That’s not the only LIV Golf caddie change. Caleb Surratt, who signed with LIV out of Tennessee earlier this year and joined Jon Rahm’s Legion XIII, has wooed Brian Dilley, another veteran Tour caddie, who had been on the bag of Akshay Bhatia, to take over for him. Dilley is tight with Adam Hayes, the caddie for Rahm, and likely had a role in linking Surratt and Dilley together.

“I’m still learning, growing, and working on everything that I’m beginning to see what I need as a player in order to grow and be able to compete to the highest level, and I think Brian Dilley‘s gonna be able to help me get to that point,” Surratt wrote via text of Dilley, who has worked with Aaron Wise, Billy Horschel, and the LPGA’s Gerina Piller, among others. “He has caddied at an extremely high-level for longer than I’ve been alive, and undoubtably will be a great set of eyes to have on my golf game. Everyone on my team around me, speaks very highly of him, and I’m very excited to get to work with him in the coming weeks. It’s been a very enjoyable ride so far, and I’m excited to keep learning myself, and learning professional golf game, and eventually grow to be one of the best players in the world.”

So, while the defections to LIV may have stopped for the time being as negotiations between the Tour and PIF linger , it hasn’t stopped the league from raiding the Tour caddie yard.

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  4. Cameron Smith: The 'everyman' of golf transforming into one ...

    Since winning his first PGA Tour event in May 2017 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans - partnered with Jonas Blixt - Smith has become one of the steadiest players in golf. He then won back ...

  5. Cameron Smith's INSANE 34-under winning highlights from Sentry

    At the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions, Cameron Smith carded 65-64-64-65 to set the PGA TOUR's all-time 72-hole scoring record at 34-under par, winning h...

  6. Cameron Smith has earned a spot in pro golf's elite in a way all his

    At the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Maui in January, Smith beat then-world No. 1 Jon Rahm by one shot and set a PGA Tour record of 34 under par. Smith credits his girlfriend, Shanel Naoum ...

  7. Cameron Smith's throwback style thrives at wild Players Championship

    When Smith was on 18, Anirban Lahiri, aka The Man Who Does Not Quit, had not yet made his 2 on 17, the par-3 with the island green. The likable golfer from India was in the day's final threesome.

  8. Cameron Smith adds to career-defining year with victory at 2022

    A duel with Jon Rahm kicked off Smith's 2022 at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua. Needing to set the PGA Tour scoring record, a scorching Smith reached 34 under for the week to eek by the ...

  9. U.S. Open: Cameron Smith on PGA Tour-Saudi Arabia news, LACC fit

    Cameron Smith dishes on PGA Tour-Saudi Arabia news, explains why he's a good fit for a different test at the 2023 U.S Open. LOS ANGELES — Like the rest of us, Cameron Smith's initial reaction to the bombshell news of the PGA Tour and Public Investment Fund's plan to partner and form a new global golf entity was disbelief.

  10. Cameron Smith career earnings: How much has Australian golfer made with

    Smith has brought home $27,037,033 million in official PGA Tour earnings and $6,526,750 in LIV Golf earnings over his career. The vast majority of his LIV earnings came when he won $4 million with ...

  11. Cameron Smith, Winner of This Year's British Open, Joins LIV Golf

    Aug. 30, 2022. Cameron Smith, the world's second-ranked golfer and a player whose exceptional final-round putting carried him to this year's British Open title, will join LIV Golf, the ...

  12. Open Championship winner Cameron Smith, five other players join LIV Golf

    The Saudi-backed LIV Golf series announced Tuesday that Open Championship winner and world No. 2 Cameron Smith has joined the rebel professional golf tour along with five other players.

  13. Cameron Smith, Joaquin Niemann join LIV Golf as PGA's rival tour lands

    Smith, the Champion Golfer of the Year and winner of the Players Championship -- the PGA Tour's flagship event -- is LIV Golf's biggest acquisition to date as the 29-year-old is just now entering ...

  14. Scottie Scheffler's coach in hands-off mode: 'We're ...

    HOUSTON — Longtime Texas golf instructor Randy Smith has spent nearly 30 years working with PGA Tour players, but as he watched Scottie Scheffler hit range balls at the Texas Children's ...

  15. Cam Smith's LIV Golf decision should catch PGA Tour's attention

    Cameron Smith speaks to reporters ahead of the 2023 LIV Golf Invitational - Miami event. Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images "Those seven or eight years on the PGA tour were really nice.

  16. Australian golf stars Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman officially join

    Smith told Golf Digest that his decision to join the breakaway tour was partially down to the financial benefits, even if he did not confirm reports he signed on for a figure in the vicinity of ...

  17. Cameron Smith

    Cameron Smith is the captain of Ripper GC and claimed his second career individual LIV Golf victory at LIV Golf London in 2023. Smith's other win came in his second start since joining the League in 2022 (Chicago). Winner of 11 other professional events, Smith won five times across multiple tours in 2022. The Australian star joined the ...

  18. LIV Golf at the Masters: What have Cameron Smith, other players said

    Worlds collide when LIV golfers and PGA Tour professionals clash at the 2023 Masters next week. Australia's Cameron Smith, the fifth-ranked player in the world who defected to LIV Golf after ...

  19. 2024 Valspar Championship odds, picks, Fantasy golf power rankings: PGA

    Cohen is an avid golf bettor who correctly predicted the pre-tournament outright winner of the 2023 Rocket Mortgage Classic (Rickie Fowler +1400), 2023 PGA Championship (Brooks Koepka +2000), 2023 Honda Classic (Chris Kirk +3500), 2022 Open Championship (Cameron Smith +2200), 2022 U.S. Open (Matt Fitzpatrick +2500), and 2022 Phoenix Open (Scottie Scheffler's first career victory at +2800).

  20. The Masters 2024: Will LIV Golf or the PGA Tour take home the ...

    Nine months on, however, and an agreement remains elusive. Deadlines have been extended, face-to-face talks have been held, but, barring a miracle in the next few weeks, the PGA Tour and LIV will ...

  21. 2024 Valspar Championship leaderboard, scores: Keith Mitchell goes on

    Mitchell has led after 54 holes one time before on the PGA Tour -- at the 2021 Wells Fargo Championship, where he shot 72 in the final round and finished T3.

  22. Emma Talley Smith joins WKU Women's Golf staff

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Emma Talley Smith - LPGA Tour member, 2015 NCAA Champion, 2013 USGA U.S. Women's Amateur Champion and three-time KHSAA State High School Champion - will join the WKU Women's Golf staff, head coach Adam Gary announced on Tuesday. "I'm extremely excited to announce the addition of Emma to our staff," Gary said. "I've always said I wouldn't bring someone on unless they ...

  23. LIV Golf's Phil Mickelson, Caleb Surratt raid PGA Tour for ...

    LIV Golf's Phil Mickelson and Caleb Surratt have dipped into the PGA Tour caddie ranks for not one but two regular caddies, sources tell Golfweek.. Mickelson announced on social media that his younger brother, Tim, who had served as his caddie for the past eight years including during the 2021 PGA Championship victory at Kiawah, has retired as his caddie.

  24. Gold Jacket Spotlight: Emmitt Smith turned dreams to goals the 'write

    Emmitt Smith's dreams became his written goals, and achieving those goals throughout his high school, collegiate and professional career culminated in his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2010. ... The Pro Football Hall of Fame today announced the inaugural Pro Football Hall of Fame Salute to Greatness Golf Tour presented by ...

  25. World Cup Russia 2018

    Landed in Moscow to begin our Fanatics World Cup tour. Spent two days in Moscow the 13th and 14th of June 2018 exploring the main sites.13th June 2018:Starte...

  26. Moscow City Tour

    Moscow (Russian: Москва, Moskva), is the capital and most populous city of Russia. Situated on the Moskva River in the Central Federal District of Western Ru...

  27. Helicopter tour across Moscow

    Don't forget that this is 360 video: you can change the angle of view.Every year on May 9th all Russian people celebrate victory in second world war. The mai...

  28. 360 VR Tour

    This awesome virtual reality 360 degree VR tour video (VR Walk), shot on a journey to Moscow city and its main attractions and sights like Grand Kremlin Pala...