How Social Media Reacted To The New LIV Golf Signings

Opinions on the latest additions to the Series were plentiful as well-known figures had their say on social media

Cameron Smith picture with three tweets overlayed
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LIV Golf has unveiled six new signings, each of whom will tee it up when the inaugural Series resumes with its fourth tournament in Boston this week. 

By far the biggest name in the list is World No.2 and current Open champion Cameron Smith. Nevertheless, there are some other eye-catching names joining the venture, including two other players in the current top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking - World No.19 Joaquin Niemann and World No.46 Harold Varner III

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Cameron Tringale, Marc Leishman and Anirban Lahiri make up the latest recruits to add to LIV Golf's increasingly impressive pool of players, and the additions have been met with a predictably varied response from high-profile figures in the game.

Some, like The Telegraph's golf correspondent James Corrigan and golf writer for CBS Sports, Kyle Porter, pointed to the impressive number of Major winners in the new-look field, while others, including British television presenter Dan Walker, admitted that the capture of Smith, in particular, was significant. Not everyone was impressed with the signings, though, including former NFL player Brandon Stokley, who remains bullish on the PGA Tour's ability to entertain and doesn't see the ongoing exodus as a big loss.

Elsewhere, there were questions on the motives of the players signing up for the Series, speculation as to whether the Major exemptions held by some players would stand, and humour as the golf world comes to terms with the latest twist in the power struggle between the established order at the top of the game and the increasingly buoyant Saudi-backed start-up. Here's what people had to say.

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Mike Hall
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Mike has over 25 years of experience in journalism, including writing on a range of sports throughout that time, such as golf, football and cricket. Now a freelance staff writer for Golf Monthly, he is dedicated to covering the game's most newsworthy stories. 


He has written hundreds of articles on the game, from features offering insights into how members of the public can play some of the world's most revered courses, to breaking news stories affecting everything from the PGA Tour and LIV Golf to developmental Tours and the amateur game. 


Mike grew up in East Yorkshire and began his career in journalism in 1997. He then moved to London in 2003 as his career flourished, and nowadays resides in New Brunswick, Canada, where he and his wife raise their young family less than a mile from his local course. 


Kevin Cook’s acclaimed 2007 biography, Tommy’s Honour, about golf’s founding father and son, remains one of his all-time favourite sports books.