Fred Couples Takes Dig At Cameron Smith's Move To LIV Golf

Couples has been a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour following the emergence of LIV Golf

Fred Couples and Cameron Smith
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Fred Couples has seemingly taken a dig at Cameron Smith over the Aussie's comments about joining LIV to spend more time at home.

"For me, I haven't been back in Australia for three years, as well," Smith said of joining LIV. "To spend more time at home, not missing out on friend and families' weddings and a couple of my friends have had kids over the last, you know, four or five years that I still haven't met. That's going to be a part of my life that I can't wait to get back."

The 1991 Masters champion Fred Couples, who has been a staunch supporter of the PGA Tour this year amid the LIV Golf competition, appeared to take a dig at Smith with a tweet saying that "the goal is to earn your way to work weekends."

"To all my friends who I missed birthdays & weddings …… so sorry, I was busy earning a living on the PGA Tour and in my line of work the goal is to EARN your way to work weekends. And by weekends i mean 72 holes. Sorry not sorry," he wrote.

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Smith was one of six new signings announced by LIV Golf this week along with Marc Leishman, Joaquin Niemann, Cameron Tringale, Harold Varner III and Anirban Lahiri. The Aussie, currently second in the Official World Golf Ranking, is now comfortably LIV's highest-ranked player. Smith called LIV "the future" ahead of this week's tournament in Boston.

Fred Couples' dig at Smith is just one of a number of public comments targeted at LIV this year, after last month making his thoughts on the defectors, and CEO Greg Norman, very clear.

“If they win or lose, I don’t really care,” Couples said last month on the court case between LIV Golf players and the PGA Tour. “I’m 62, I play the Champions Tour, but it’s a little heartbreaking. Go do what you’re doing. Suing the Tour, 11 guys when there’s probably 200 guys on the Tour, I just find it really, really weird."

The American also said that nobody has liked Greg Norman for 25 years.

“And I have a funny feeling I know where it’s coming and it’s coming from their leader, who no one’s liked for 25 years. And that’s not being mean, that’s just — that’s the truth. He’s not a friend of mine, but he never would be because we don’t get along. But he’s running a tour that he thinks is incredible.”

Couples tweeted the words "Denied Denied Denied" last month in what appeared to be a celebration that Talor Gooch, Hudson Swafford and Matt Jones lost their court case to attempt to play in the FedEx Cup Playoffs. Earlier in the year he also said that he was proud of Woods, McIlroy, Rahm, Morikawa and Thomas' support for the PGA Tour, which he called "the greatest tour in the world."

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Elliott Heath
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