Cameron Smith Issued Penalty At FedEx St. Jude Championship

The World No.2 was assessed a two-shot penalty after playing his ball from the wrong place on the fourth hole

Smith takes his glove off
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Cameron Smith has been one of the most talked about players in the world following his recent Open Championship victory and link to LIV Golf. Just in the past week, the World No.2 has reportedly signed a $100+ million deal with the Saudi-backed series, with the Aussie reportedly set to tee it up in the next LIV Golf event in Boston next month.

A lot has been said regarding Smith, with the 28-year-old ready "to cop some heat" after dropping yet more hints he is on his way to LIV Golf. However, away from the reported move it's his action on the course which has caught eyes, with the Aussie penalised two shots for playing his golf ball from the wrong place.

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In a release by PGA Tour Communications, Smith was given "a two-stroke penalty prior to the start of the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship." The reason? Well, it was for a "breach of Rule 14.7 (playing a ball from the wrong place) on hole No.4 during the third round as he was operating under Rule 17.1 (when ball is in penalty area)."

The release went on to add: "Smith's score has been adjusted and he will begin the final round at 201 (-9). Final round pairings will not be adjusted."

Following the penalty, No Laying Up posted an image of the moment where Smith reportedly broke the rule, with his ball resting on the red line surrounding the hazard.

Finding the hazard with his tee shot, Smith took a drop, with his ball coming to rest on the hazard line. Because it was on the line, he had not taken full relief, thus he was given a two-shot penalty.

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If Smith were to win the FedEx St. Jude Championship then he would jump Scottie Scheffler into the World No.1 spot, a position that the American has held since the end of March.

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

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