Cameron Smith Mar 17, 2023; Tucson, Arizona, USA; Cameron Smith lines up his putt on the green of the 6th hole during the first round of the LIV Golf event at The Gallery Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Zachary BonDurant-USA TODAY Sports

The biggest storyline heading into the 2023 Masters is how the LIV Golf and PGA Tour players will be able to coexist on the golf course, not to mention whether one of the LIV players can come away with the victory.

Cameron Smith, the reigning Open Championship winner, says that the people doubting LIV Golf and its players is what motivates him.

“Obviously first and foremost for me, I’m trying to go there and play the best golf I can,” Smith told reporters after Thursday’s pro-am at Orange County National. “I think it is important for us to go there, 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 get maybe a win out of it. Maybe we just show a really hearty effort. I think for us, internally, there’s a lot of chatter going around about ‘these guys don’t play real golf anymore.’ And I think it’s B.S. to be honest. And we just want to show people that.”

There will be plenty of credible LIV golfers on hand for the Masters, including past Masters champions Dustin Johnson, Phil Mickelson, and Bubba Watson. While Smith hasn’t won a green jacket just yet, he feels good about potentially joining that club.

“I feel like I’ve played my best golf I’ve ever played around there,” Smith said. “I feel like I’ve got a pretty good record around there.”


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