Cam Smith and Reed in fiery Open group

2021-07-13 21:20:08

Australia’s No.1 Cameron Smith has been given an explosive draw within the British Open Golf Championship alongside Patrick Reed, the previous Masters champ he all however accused of dishonest in 2019.

The pair have been drawn collectively in Thursday’s opening spherical at Royal St George’s for the primary time in a person occasion since Smith’s withering verbal assault on Reed in 2019 after the American’s guidelines violation at a event within the Bahamas.

Smith, who had been competing on the Australian Open on the time, was unimpressed by Reed’s rationalization after he’d been docked two photographs throughout his third spherical for enhancing his lie by shifting sand behind his ball throughout two observe swings.

Reed had recommended {that a} totally different digital camera angle might need exonerated him, leaving Smith to inform AAP: “When you make a mistake perhaps as soon as, you would perhaps perceive, however to present a little bit of a bulls**t response just like the digital camera angle … that is fairly up there.”

With the Presidents Cup being staged quickly after, Smith added pointedly: “I haven’t got any sympathy for anybody that cheats. I hope the group completely offers it to not solely him, however everybody (on the American staff) subsequent week.”

The dangerous blood between the pair appeared to spill over on the Presidents Cup itself in Melbourne the place Reed appeared to make a beeline for Smith and the pair bumped shoulders.

Smith’s feedback additionally later, reportedly, earned him a warning from the PGA Tour.

The scrumptious filling on this significantly tasty Sandwich sandwich might be Rory McIlroy, who himself has additionally loved a feisty rivalry with Reed on the Ryder Cup.

It is a group which is certain to realize an enormous following with the Open re-admitting a 32,000-strong crowd each day for its comeback 12 months following the cancelled 2020 version.

Adam Scott has additionally been handed an exciting-looking begin in one other marquee late-afternoon group, alongside English hope Tommy Fleetwood and America’s former world No.1 Justin Thomas.

Min Woo Lee, the most recent younger Australian to style success on the European Tour together with his Scottish Open win final weekend, may even have the honour of being the primary of the nation’s 11 contributors to tee off within the opening spherical.

The 22-year-old might be launching the Aussie problem at 7.30am alongside England’s Sam Horsfield and South African Christian Bezuidenhout.

Jason Day, hoping that his season has been given new momentum after a latest top-10 end within the Vacationers Championship, has a lunchtime slot at 12.20pm alongside Dutchman Joost Luiten and American Johannes Veerman.

Marc Leishman, the Victorian and No.2 ranked Australian who’s hoping to go one higher than he did at St Andrews six years in the past when shedding in a three-man playoff, additionally has a former Open winner for firm in Italian Francesco Molinari.

Choose of the marquee teams will see champion Shane Lowry’s lengthy wait to get the defence of his Open title underway alongside golf’s latest main winner, US Open champ Jon Rahm, and former champion Louis Oosthuizen.


07.30 (16.30 AEDT): MIN WOO LEE (AUS), Sam Horsfield (ENG), Christian Bezuidenhout (ZAF)

09.14 (18.14): LUCAS HERBERT (AUS), Sam Burns (USA), Jorge Campillo (ESP)

12.20 (21.20): JASON DAY (AUS), Joost Luiten (NED), Johannes Veerman (USA)

12.31 (21.31): AARON PIKE (AUS), John Catlin (USA), Romain Langasque (FRA)

12.42 (21.42): BRAD KENNEDY (AUS) Padraig Harrington (IRE), Sam Forgan (ENG)

13.15 (22.15): MARC LEISHMAN (AUS), Francesco Molinari (ITA), Matt Wallace (ENG)

13.37 (22.37): JASON SCRIVENER (AUS), Keith Mitchell (USA), Sam Bairstow (Am) (ENG)

14.37 (23.37): MATT JONES (AUS), Daniel Hillier (NZL), Marcel Siem (GER)

15.10 (00.10 Friday): ADAM SCOTT (AUS), Tommy Fleetwood (ENG), Justin Thomas (USA)

15.21 (00.21 Friday): CAMERON SMITH (AUS), Patrick Reed (USA), Rory McIlroy (GBR)

15.54 (00.54): DEYEN LAWSON (AUS) Kurt Kitayama (USA), Poom Saksansin (THA)

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