Cameron Smith carded a sensational bogey-free 64 to win the 150th Open, but with the Aussie's name linked with LIV Golf in recent times it was perhaps no surprise that he was asked to clarify his position during his winning press conference at St Andrews.
"Cam, apologies for having to bring this up in these circumstances, but your name continues to be mentioned, has been mentioned to me this week about LIV golf," a journalist asked. "What's your position? Are you interested? Is there any truth to suggestions that you might be signing?"
"I just won the British Open, and you're asking about that. I think that's pretty not that good," a clearly annoyed Cameron Smith replied.
The journalist then went in again with: "I appreciate that, but the question is still there. Are you interested at all? Is there any truth in that?"
Smith failed to take the opportunity to deny the reports, saying: "I don't know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff. I'm here to win golf tournaments."
The fact that Smith, whose name has been banded about around St Andrews this week as a possible signing for the Saudi-backed Series, failed to give an unequivocal denial will merely add more fuel to the rumour mill that more high profile LIV Golf signings are set to be announced.
Rumours and reports around Ryder Cup captain Henrik Stenson are not slowing down either. Most recently, Swedish newspaper Expressen is reporting that the Ice Man is on the verge of joining the Greg Norman-fronted operation.
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If Smith were to sign with LIV, he would still be eligible for The Open in the future after the governing body confirmed to Golf Monthly that LIV players will not be banned from future Open Championships, with The Open remaining open to those who qualify for golf's oldest Major through any of the established qualifying routes.
Smith, 28, will be eligible for The Open until he is 60-years-old so he has another 32 Opens remaining in what is set to be an esteemed career.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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