'I Think It's BS' - Cameron Smith Hits Back At LIV Golf Critics

Smith calls claims that LIV competitors don't play 'real golf anymore' as "BS"

Cameron Smith looks on during the Saudi International
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Open champion Cameron Smith has called claims that LIV Golf players don't play 'real golf anymore' as "BS."

The Aussie, winner of five events last year including his maiden Major at the 150th Open as well as the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass, heads to Augusta National next week for The Masters and is hoping to both play well and prove a point to LIV critics.

Some have criticised the format in LIV Golf where reduced fields of 48 players tee it up over just 54-holes without a cut compared to much larger fields on the PGA Tour where play is over 72-holes with a 36-hole cut.

Smith is hoping for a LIV player to win one the four men's Majors this year and says it's important for them to show a "high standard" of golf up against the best of the PGA Tour.

He'll be fancying his chances of slipping on the Green Jacket after three top-fives and one top-10 at Augusta in his last five starts. He was T2nd in 2020 and T3rd last year.

“First and foremost for me, I'm trying to go there and play the best golf I can,” Smith told Golf Digest.

"I think it is important for us [LIV players] to go there and really show a high standard of golf, which we know we're all capable of. Most of us will get four cracks at it this year [in the Majors], and hopefully we can get a win out of it.

“Maybe we just show a really hearty effort. I think for us, internally, it's the right thing. There's a lot of chatter going around about ‘these guys don't play real golf anymore’ and I think it's BS to be honest and we just want show people that.”

Cameron Smith congratulates Scottie Scheffler after the 2022 Masters

Smith played in the final group with eventual winner Scottie Scheffler at last year's Masters

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Smith is by far the highest-ranked LIV Golf player in the world rankings at No.5, although he is set to be replaced by Max Homa next week and drop to sixth. He was World No.2 after his Open Championship win, which meant he commanded a rumored $100m+ fee to join the Saudi-backed circuit.

Last month he said his world ranking slide "hurts" and also claimed that the Official World Golf Ranking system is becoming more "obsolete."

The 29-year-old, captain of the the all-Aussie Ripper GC franchise, won his first LIV event last September at Rich Harvest Farms in Chicago.

Elliott Heath
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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 team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five 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 off of a six handicap. 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

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV