LIV Golf: Scottie Scheffler goes straight over the line for Rebel Cameron Smith

An awkward moment was captured between Scottie Scheffler (left) and Cameron Smith (right)

As the battle between the PGA Tour faithful and LIV Golf rebels rages on, an awkward moment between Scottie Scheffler and Cameron Smith was captured on Thursday.

Reports surfaced earlier this week claiming Smith had already signed the controversial split, but the Australian is still playing in this week’s PGA Tour FedEx Playoffs, from which three LIV players were banned on Tuesday.

The British Open champion partnered Masters winner Scheffler during the opening round of the St Jude Championship in Memphis, Tennessee.

An awkward moment was captured between Scottie Scheffler (left) and Cameron Smith (right)

The world Nos. 1 and 2 would normally bring excitement to any pairing, but Thursday seemed to bring an extra level of drama.

Scheffler, an outspoken supporter of the tour amid the ongoing battle with the Saudi-funded series, appeared to cross the line directly with rumored defector LIV Smith, leading to an awkward moment.

Smith was trying to read his line when Scheffler crossed in front of him. The American seemed oblivious and unfazed, but Smith looked back with an expression of equal parts bewilderment and disgust.

The Masters champion appeared to walk directly over the Australian's line on the green

The Masters champion appeared to walk directly over the Australian’s line on the green

Smith, this year's British Open winner, seemed far from impressed by the action

Smith, this year’s British Open winner, seemed far from impressed by the action

In the sport there is a lot of emphasis on etiquette and walking across someone’s line on the putting green is the golf equivalent of a mortal sin.

Many fans quickly took to social media to question whether Scheffler’s actions were intentional, with some calling the Americans “pathetic.”

One Twitter user wrote: “Pathetic of Scheffler. Going out of his way to walk the blacksmiths line. You’d imagine the ‘mericans’ of this was backwards. Just goes to show his true character.’

Viewers criticized Scheffler's actions as a

Viewers criticized Scheffler’s actions as “pathetic”, claiming she had shown her colors

Golf analyst Amanda Rose posted, “Scottie Scheffler is already giving Cam Smith the passive aggression of the LIV defector.”

Another criticized the move, claiming they had lost all respect for Scheffler. They said, ‘Inexcusable! No doubt he expects me to call him out on it. Smith is a class act and won’t retaliate, he lost all respect for Scheffler here.

While one social media user said Scheffler was “salty” about the deal Smith offered him to join LIV Golf.

Another said: “NOT APPROPRIATE for Scheffler to walk between C Smith and the hole while Smith was reading his putt.” Scheffler should walk around it in this case.

Others called the move the world's No. 1

Others called the world No.1’s move “inexcusable” and “inappropriate”

However, a clip later emerged of Scheffler and Smith five-putting after the Australian went for eagle on the 13th.

Some viewers insisted that there was no tension between the pair and that Scheffler’s actions had simply been an accident.

One Twitter user said: “Multiple outlets showing Scottie Scheffler walking in front of Cam Smith, and conclude it was kind of FU for Smith because he’s reportedly going to LIV when the pair leave touch before is a perfect example that… 1000th time #Twitter ISN’T REAL!!’

Meanwhile, some were on the fence, as one user wrote: “Considering Cam Smith and Scottie Scheffler were seen high-fiving each other, I don’t think Scottie hates Cam, but maybe he wanted to share his thoughts on LIV… and send a message.’

Intentional or not, Smith had the last laugh as he finished the round three under to tie at 20, while Scheffler made his round four-under five to finish one stroke short.

Some claimed it was unintentional, while others remained on the fence about the incident

Some claimed it was unintentional, while others remained on the fence about the incident

Earlier this week, Scheffler criticized the suspended trio of Talor Gooch, Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford for trying to sue their way back to the PGA Tour after leaving LIV Golf.

The trio had their court appeal to compete in the FedEx Cup playoffs, starting this week at the FedEx St Jude Championship, rejected by District Judge Beth Labson Freeman on Tuesday in an early win for the PGA Tour.

Any player who leaves the PGA Tour for LIV Golf has been banned by the organization.

Scheffler criticized Talor Gooch (left), Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford for suing the PGA Tour

Scheffler criticized Talor Gooch (left), Matt Jones and Hudson Swafford for suing the PGA Tour

And Scheffler admitted, amid hinting at his disdain for the broader situation, that he’s intrigued to see how things play out.

“I’m definitely curious to see what’s going to happen,” Scheffler said at a news conference Tuesday. “It’s one of those deals where these guys made a decision to go on another tour and broke the rules and regulations of our tour and now they’re trying to sue us, which is definitely a little frustrating .

“I heard this was going to happen and I know some guys aren’t surprised to see it, but I’m definitely surprised to see that we’re being asked now.”

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