Reigning British Open champion Cameron Smith and two-time major winner Dustin Johnson were among LIV Golf players receiving a warm welcome from PGA rivals at Monday’s first practice for the 87th Masters.
Fears of a tense showdown at the practice facility or in pairings at Augusta National didn’t happen for Smith, Johnson or Mexico’s Abraham Ancer despite the bitter divide between Saudi-backed upstart LIV and the PGA.
“Lots of laughs, lots of handshakes and it was really nice,” Smith said of his one-hour workout. “I really wasn’t sure what I was going to expect walking onto the range but it was good to see some familiar faces and lot of smiles.”
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