The animosity between the PGA Tour and the controversial Saudi-backed LIV Golf Series is real. The same goes for pettiness.
Among the benefits of winning the Players Championship – the Tour’s flagship tournament – the defending champion has a reserved parking space with his name on it in front of the TPC Sawgrass clubhouse for one year. PGA Tour members also get playing privileges at the Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida course, which is just down the street from the tour headquarters. But both were removed from Cameron Smith after he fled to LIV last week.
The parking sign for Smith, who won The Players in March, has been replaced with a generic sign that reads “Tour Players Only”.
“If they go to LIV, they don’t have any of their [PGA] Visiting privileges at TPC properties,” TPC Sawgrass managing director Derek Sprague told Golfweek.
Smith — who lives a few miles from TPC Sawgrass and has been training regularly at the site since arriving in the area in 2015 — did not immediately respond to a Post message. But a source close to the Aussie confirmed to The Post that LIV golfers no longer have member benefits on any TPC site, including Sawgrass, and that the parking spot has been taken away from Smith, who, like other LIV golfers have been suspended from the tour.
That’s not all.
A replica bag with Smith’s winning clubs has also been removed from the TPC Sawgrass pro shop, according to Golfweek. Pictures of the Aussie that previously adorned the walls of the sprawling clubhouse have also been removed.
Meanwhile, Smith, who won the British Open in July to move up to world No. 2, made his LIV debut last week away from Boston, where he finished tied for fourth. He also finished T-6 in the tag team competition.