LIV Golf 2022: Cam Smith Trails by 1 Stroke After 1st Round Since Leaving PGA Tour

Erin WalshSeptember 3, 2022

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Matthew Wolff and Talor Gooch sit atop the leaderboard after one day of action in the LIV Golf Invitational Series at The International Golf Club in Bolton, Massachusetts.

Wolff and Gooch finished the first round of LIV Golf's Boston event at a seven-under 63. However, they hold just a one-shot lead over Cameron Smith, who is making his LIV Golf debut after departing the PGA Tour.

LIV Golf Bedminster winner Henrik Stenson, meanwhile, was a late scratch from the event and replaced by 18-year-old Shergo Al Kurdi, who shot for par. He finished better than Phil Mickelson, who had a rough outing as he finished three over par.

Here's a look at the leaderboard after the first day and a quick recap of the action.

LIV Golf Boston Leaderboard

T1. Matthew Wolff: -7

T1. Talor Gooch: -7

T3. Cameron Smith: -6

T3. Joaquin Niemann: -6

T5. Kevin Na: -4

T5. Bernd Wiesberger: -4

T5. Louis Oosthuizen: -4

T5. Paul Casey: -4

T5. Anirban Lahiri: -4

Full leaderboard available at LIVGolf.com

Wolff was one of the most impressive performers Friday and hit the shot of the afternoon with an ace on the second hole, marking the first hole-in-one in LIV Golf history.

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MATTHEW WOLFF HOLE IN ONE <br><br>FIRST IN LIV GOLF HISTORY ⬇️ 🕳️ <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/pxukPFdYxH">pic.twitter.com/pxukPFdYxH</a>

The 23-year-old went on to card three birdies on the front nine before carding three birdies, an eagle and three bogeys on the back nine. He finished out the afternoon with a birdie on the 18th hole.

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😅 Nearly his second ace of the day! <br><br>👊 <a href="https://twitter.com/matthew_wolff5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@matthew_wolff5</a> settles for a birdie and now ties the lead<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/JnamZDimEO">pic.twitter.com/JnamZDimEO</a>

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.<a href="https://twitter.com/matthew_wolff5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@matthew_wolff5</a> takes control 😤<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/zeu3mT9dhb">pic.twitter.com/zeu3mT9dhb</a>

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Have yourself a day <a href="https://twitter.com/matthew_wolff5?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@matthew_wolff5</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/RecJ2R3lWr">pic.twitter.com/RecJ2R3lWr</a>

Wolff, who attended Oklahoma State University, had played on the PGA Tour for four years before leaving for LIV Golf. He won just one PGA Tour event and had two top-ten finishes before departing.

When he made the switch to LIV Golf, he said he felt like it was a better decision for his mental health because the breakaway circuit has a better schedule and format.

Gooch had a similarly impressive day, carding five birdies on the front nine before closing out the afternoon with three birdies and a bogey on the back nine. Like Wolff, he finished the day with a birdie on Hole 18.

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Talor Gooch sinks the first birdie of Boston 🐤 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/TalorGooch?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@TalorGooch</a> <a href="https://t.co/qexO1PiZtJ">pic.twitter.com/qexO1PiZtJ</a>

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Gooch sinks the easy one to extend his lead 👏 <br><br>He sits at -7 with 7 to go<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/9xAYY1dMGY">pic.twitter.com/9xAYY1dMGY</a>

Gooch, 30, had also played on the PGA Tour before joining LIV Golf. He had just one victory on the Tour and four top-10 finishes.

While Smith is just one shot off the lead, his LIV Golf debut performance was impressive. He carded three birdies, an eagle and a bogey on the first nine holes before adding two birdies, an eagle and a double bogey on the back nine.

He would be in the lead had he not carded a double bogey on the 14th hole.

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Cam Smith's first drive as a member of LIV<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/wZCAzjkRf3">pic.twitter.com/wZCAzjkRf3</a>

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Cam stiffs it and sinks it for his first birdie 👍 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/SzML1v9WPQ">pic.twitter.com/SzML1v9WPQ</a>

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Hit the flag and off the green for Cam Smith<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/axRH2LE15u">pic.twitter.com/axRH2LE15u</a>

LIV Golf @LIVGolfInv

His first 🦅 puts Cam Smith tied at the top of the leaderboard with Gooch<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/75SfjIym6B">pic.twitter.com/75SfjIym6B</a>

LIV Golf @LIVGolfInv

Absolute beauty of a tee shot by Cam Smith<br><br>Sets him up beautifully to climb the leaderboard<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/qH2ONI8TGR">pic.twitter.com/qH2ONI8TGR</a>

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CAM SMITH IS NOT HUMAN 😱 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/AAGBIXX7lZ">pic.twitter.com/AAGBIXX7lZ</a>

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Mic drop 🎤 🦅 <br><br>Cam Smith ends his day in style<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolf?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolf</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/LIVGolfBoston?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#LIVGolfBoston</a> <a href="https://t.co/kKxiKg4LIz">pic.twitter.com/kKxiKg4LIz</a>

Smith will look to claim the lead during Round 2 of LIV Golf's Boston event Saturday. There's still a long way to go, but if Smith wins in his debut tournament, it will be quite impressive.


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