Cameron Smith looks up at Scottie Scheffler

Rumors and reports have been swirling about Australian golfer Cameron Smith leaving the PGA Tour to join LIV Golf. Fellow Aussie Cameron Percy suggested Smith would be joining the Saudi-backed league and reports have all but confirmed it in recent days, but the 2022 British Open champion has danced around confirmations of the fact as of yet.

Smith’s likely move is sure to rankle a lot of his PGA Tour compatriots, but his refusal to just admit it at this point might be adding to the disdain being pointed in his direction. That disdain might have been on display Thursday in the first round of the PGA Tour’s FedEx St. Jude Championship in Memphis, TN.

Scottie Scheffler, who previously made it very clear that intends to stick with the PGA Tour, was seen walking directly in front of Smith during the British Open winner’s attempt to line up a putt. That’s a very clear violation of golf’s unwritten rules and it’s hard to imagine that Scheffler didn’t know that, especially as it appeared that he changed direction when he realized what Smith was doing. The fact that he continued walking as if he hadn’t noticed also seems very unlikely to be an accident.

To be fair, the two golfers high-fived one another earlier in the round after Smith hit a hole-out eagle on the par-4 13th hole. So it remains entirely possible that this was indeed an accident.

However, much of the golf world certainly didn’t seem to think so.

Let the petty drama between the PGA Tour and LIV Golf continue!

[John Nucci]

About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to