Cameron Smith watches his drive during the final round of a LIV Golf event at Cedar Ridge Country Club. May 14, 2023; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; Cameron Smith watches his drive during the final round of a LIV Golf event at Cedar Ridge Country Club. Mandatory Credit: Joey Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Cameron Smith is among the LIV golfers who will be competing for a major this weekend at the 2023 PGA Championship.

Shortly after winning his first major championship, the 29-year-old Smith defected to the Saudi-backed venture. And since then, there’s not been any shortage of criticism for those who are a part of LIV Golf, like Smith. A lot of the concerns and doubts raised were momentarily silenced when several LIV Golf players performed well at Augusta National during this year’s presentation of the Masters.

Ahead of this weekend’s championship, Smith sounded off on those doubters and shared an absolutely brutal message for critics of the Saudi-backed venture

“I’m really not sure what people were expecting to be totally honest with you,” said Smith via Bunkered Golf Magazine. “It was almost as if they thought that we’d joined this new league and forgot how to play golf, which is a bit ridiculous really.”

“This idea that they’re not as motivated as they were or that they don’t put in the graft like they used to just isn’t the case,” he later added.

It remains to be seen how LIV Golf performs at the latest PGA Tour event. At the same time, Smith feels like LIV Golf silenced critics at the Masters and hopes to do the same this weekend.

“I think The Masters was a really good week for the tour,” said Smith. “We needed it, to be honest. It proved a lot of people wrong and hopefully silenced a few critics. It feels as though there’s real momentum with us just now and you would have seen that in Adelaide, for example.

“That was a really great week. It was amazing to see so many people out there, enjoying the golf, loving the vibe and having fun. That’s what it’s all about. We’re in a really good place right now and it’s pretty exciting.”


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Since the beginning of 2023, Sam has been a staff writer for Awful Announcing and The Comeback. A 2021 graduate of Temple University, Sam is a Charlotte native, who currently calls Greenville, South Carolina his home. He also has a love/hate relationship with the New York Mets and Jets.