Angry Cameron Smith clashes with reporter who asked him about joining Saudi rebel tour straight after his stunning St Andrews victory: ‘I just won the British Open and you’re asking about that?’
- Smith was questioned about the LIV tour in his post-win press conference
- Aussie champion angrily rebuffed the question and refused to rule out switch
- Rumours LIV CEO Norman wants all-Aussie team with Smith and Adam Scott
Cameron Smith’s celebrations after taking out the British Open were soured when he clashed with a reporter who asked him about joining the rebel Saudi LIV tour straight after his incredible victory.
The journalist apologised for the poor timing before quizzing the Queenslander on rumours he’d join the controversial breakaway competition, which is headed by his fellow Aussie Greg Norman.
Smith – who’d been all smiles in his post-tournament press conference until that point – was clearly agitated when he shot back, ‘I just won the British Open and you’re asking about that?
‘I think that’s pretty, not that good.’
Smith’s beaming smile was replaced by a scowl when a reporter asked him if rumours that he’s joining Greg Norman’s breakaway LIV tour are true
The Queenslander (pictured kissing the Claret Jug after his win) refused to be drawn on whether he’s headed to the Saudi-backed tour after rumours emerged that Norman is trying to recruit him and Adam Scott to form an all-Australian team in the series
The reporter persisted, asking the new champion if he was keen to join the rival tour, to which Smith responded: ‘I don’t know, mate. My team around me worries about all that stuff, I’m just here to win golf tournaments.’
Rumours that LIV CEO Norman wants to recruit Smith and Adam Scott to form an all-Australian team in the rebel competition were aired by Britain’s Telegraph newspaper shortly before Smith shot a final-round 64 to take the Claret Jug at St Andrews.
The Aussie’s failure to rule out joining the series quickly made headlines, coming on the back of news that Henrik Stenson is set to be stripped of Europe’s Ryder Cup captaincy as he draws closer to finalising a switch to the Saudi-backed competition.
He looks poised to join fellow European stars Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood, Paul Casey, Martin Kaymer and record Cup points-scorer Sergio Garcia, who have all signed up. Garcia confirmed on Sunday he will be formally resigning from the DP World Tour.
Recruiting Smith would be a huge coup for Norman, who was barred from attending celebrations for the 150th Open at St Andrews due to his role with LIV
The 28-year-old’s astonishing round of 64 on the final day sealed a win for the ages and saw him break Tiger Woods’ mark for the lowest ever score at St Andrews
Smith shot a total of 268 across his four rounds to finish 20 under par – the furthest under par a winner has finished in majors history and the lowest ever score at St Andrews.
The Aussie beat Tiger Woods’ previous best mark of 269 set in 2000, when the American finished 19 under.
Convincing him to join the LIV tour would be a huge coup for Norman, who was snubbed by the Royal & Ancient club, which refused to invite him to the celebrations for the 150th Open because they feared his status as the face of the competition would hijack the event.
The ‘Great White Shark’ would usually have been an obvious invite under normal circumstances after winning the Open twice during his career.
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