Cameron Smith newest golfer to defect to LIV tour


Cam Smith is the latest golfer reported to be leaving the PGA for the Saudi-backed LIV tour.

Cam Smith is the most recent golfer reported to be leaving the PGA for the Saudi-backed LIV tour.
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We’ve reached some extent the place a golfer has to take a blood oath on their mom’s grave whereas stabbing a voodoo doll of Greg Norman for me to imagine that any of those amoral sociopaths are staying with the PGA Tour. My hopes weren’t excessive for Cameron Smith, the younger Australian who simply gained the Open Championship, when he responded to a reporter’s query concerning the Saudi tour after his main victory by appearing incredulous and saying, “I simply gained the British Open and also you’re asking about that? I feel that’s fairly not that good.”

Minimize to Norman, watching the presser, pouring vodka in a glass, and nodding maniacally. If Smith and the Shark’s countryman Cameron Percy is to be believed, not solely is the 28-year-old No. 2-ranked golfer leaving, however so is Marc Leishman.

“[It’s] unlucky, yeah, they’re gone,” Percy stated in an interview on RSN Radio.

Oh, no, not Marc Leishman, No matter will we do with out his illustrious six wins on the PGA Tour and pudgy body? As a lot as I might give a fuck about Leishman, Smith hurts. Up till he foreshadowed this obvious tour change at St. Andrew’s, he was one among golf’s easiest-to-root-for stars.

Smith has seven prime 10 finishes this season with three wins, together with the Gamers Championship and the Sentry Event of Champions along with the Open. Regardless of a letdown in June, lacking the reduce on the US Open, the rationale it was considered as a disappointment is as a result of he completed third on the Masters.

Relying on if (when) he makes the bounce, one of many subsequent tournaments is the FedEx Cup, which LIV gamers are presently suing the PGA for the fitting to play in.

I’m not going to enter element concerning the lawsuit as a result of two teams of outdated, wealthy white guys bludgeoning one another with attorneys and squeaky rubber mallets makes watching golf thrilling by comparability. (I learn a few of the back-and-forth, and the PGA is arguing about whether or not Davis Love III qualifies as a tour rep, whereas Norman and Sergio Garcia attempt to orchestrate the dumbest sport of entrapment possible. So it’s each bit as silly and tedious because it sounds.)

Even when the FedEx Cup isn’t a significant, it’s a well-liked event amongst golfers due to the payout, and subsequently the followers due to the loaded area. With out Smith, one of many season’s finest gamers, the absence can be felt. Yeah, I’ve been, and can preserve, dumping on Smith as a result of taking money dripping with blood is a deal breaker. It does suck although; all of the enjoyable of a rising expertise quashed by a bunch of fats guys in ill-fitting khakis.

Smith’s common aesthetic — wispy facial hair and even wispier mullet — isn’t for me, however I’m not of the bulk who discover that side of him charismatic. I by no means thought that coiffure would resurface, save for just a few Halloween events, after Joe Grime. Clearly, the joke acquired misplaced in translation someday since 2001.

Cameron has a little bit little bit of that endearing ignorance David Spade was in a position to conjure up throughout the perfect film (not that includes Chris Farley) of his profession. Smith’s aloofness makes the sport look simple, which is at all times interesting in a sport as exhausting as golf. How that detachment is considered now modifications for people who find themselves turned off by the capitalistic all-consuming blob that’s the Saudi tour.

As for LIV, they’ll have a golfer freed from rules for each era if Smith joins. Phil Mickelson appeals to the older crowd who hates taxes virtually as a lot as vaccines. Dustin Johnson is an archetype of hedonistic 30 somethings all over the place, bringing his trophy spouse to hang around with Donald Trump to allow them to joke about her blowjob abilities when she goes to the lavatory. And at last Smith, the face for the youthful era whose actions are by no means their fault as a result of the avalanche of shit they swim in was foisted upon them.

The Aussie was pressed additional concerning the Saudi tour after his Open win, and stated he has individuals who fear concerning the enterprise facet of the sport.

“I don’t know, mate. My group round me worries about all that stuff, I’m right here to win golf tournaments.”

Cool, so direct all hate mail to your supervisor then? It wasn’t your alternative, that is simply the world you inhabit? Alright, man.

It’s uncommon for a golfer to come back throughout as somebody you wouldn’t need to smack with a tuna sandwich inside three minutes of dialog at a rustic membership. I didn’t used to need to rub mayonnaise and hen of the ocean in Cameron Smith’s face. However I’ll if he defects.