LIV Golf's $140m recruit Cam Smith could "fall off the map" warns Watson

New LIV Golf Tour player Bubba Watson also appeared to have a stark warning about Cameron Smith after his $140m switch to the controversial series. 

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Thu, 1 Sep 2022
LIV Golf's $140m recruit Cam Smith could "fall off the map" warns Watson

There was so much to unpack as Bubba Watson faced the media for the first time as a LIV Golf Tour player. 

First, there was (in this writer's opinion) this tedious banter about making the best peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for his new team mates. 


If you didn't know, Watson, 43, is the new team captain of Niblicks GC. He's not playing at LIV Golf Boston as he is still recovering from a serious knee injury. He'll peg it up next year. 

Elsewhere, Watson spoke of how if he is not welcome at Augusta National anymore because he has signed for LIV then he doesn't want to play The Masters anyway. 

But he also appeared to have a stark warning for Cameron Smith, who has become one the highest-profile players to sign up for the controversial series in a deal reportedly worth $140m.

According to the two-time Masters champ, Smith has the potential to "fall off the map at some point". 

This is because LIV tournaments do not currently offer world ranking points. 

Smith, 28, is exempt from The Open Championship until the age of 60 after he won the Claret Jug at St Andrews. 

He's also got five-year exemptions into the U.S. Open, PGA Championship and The Masters. 

It has been reported that Smith has signed a three-year contract with LIV Golf. He's clearly banking on all this drama being resolved before we reach this point. 

"The number two player in the world is going to fall off the map at some point," Watson said. "That's sad. So that's not the best players in the world [playing in the majors] if you are going to count out a player like this." 

Smith spoke about this issue in his first press conference as a LIV signee. He complained that he believes that the current situation is "unfair". 

"I hope that these world ranking points will sort themselves out before my exemption is up," Smith told the media. "I think it may be a little bit unfair on the fans because the majors is about having the best guys in the best field on the best golf courses." 

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