Cameron Smith's incredible gesture for fan amid LIV Golf drama

Pictured here, Cameron Smith grabs the details of a fan he hit with an errant drive in Memphis.
Cameron Smith followed through with his promise after hitting a fan with an errant drive in Memphis. Pic: Getty/Twitter

Aussie golfing superstar Cameron Smith has proven that he's also a champion off the course after following through with an incredible gesture for one lucky fan.

Smith - who has been attracting plenty of negative publicity because of his links to LIV Golf - showed why he's still adored around the world after an act of class for a fan in Memphis.

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The 28-year-old finished in a tie for 13th at the FedEx St. Jude Championship - the first event of the PGA Tour's season-ending playoff series.

However, it was during the Aussie's third round in Memphis on Saturday that he left one fan worse for wear after hitting him with an errant drive.

Smith's ball smashed the phone of patron Blake Jaros and left him with a damaged hand, prompting Smith to seek out the man and take down his details.

The Aussie apologised and gave Jaros a signed glove as a keepsake, before promising to replace the broken phone.

Smith proved that he's a man of his word, with Jaros providing a brilliant update on the saga on social media.

Jaros confirmed that his iPhone 13 had already arrived at his home in Memphis.

Better still, it was an upgrade on his previous model.

The lucky fan was quick to sing the praises of Smith for the amazing gesture.

“He smoked my thumb and phone with his drive on 7. Walked over shook my hand, signed his glove for me, wrote down my cell # in his yardage book and ordered me a new phone. Unreal moment,” Jaros posted on Twitter, alongside a photo of the new phone and the signed glove.

Cam Smith withdraws from BMW Championship

Following the conclusion of the St. Jude Championship, Smith announced that he was withdrawing from this week's BMW Championship because of a hip injury.

"He has been dealing with some on and off hip discomfort for several months, and thought it best to rest this week in pursuit of the FedEx Cup," Smith's agent, Bud Martin, said.

Smith later told Golf Digest: "My hip flared up yesterday. It seems to happen when there's softer fairways like there were earlier in the week.

"I've had a couple of MRIs around it, and I will check with my team to see if we need another one."

Smith will easily qualify for the season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta despite not playing in the second playoff event as he ranks third in the FedEx Cup race.

Seen here, Cameron Smith reacts to his tee shot from the seventh in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship.
Cameron Smith reacts to his tee shot from the seventh in the final round of the FedEx St. Jude Championship. Pic: Getty (Andy Lyons via Getty Images)

The top 30 qualify for next week, with the current 70-strong remaining field led by St. Jude winner Will Zalatoris and World No. 1 Scottie Scheffler

However, he is likely to fall several spots in the standings due to this week's absence, which will affect his chances of winning the overall tournament.

The leader after the BMW in Wilmington starts next week at 10-under-par. Second third, fourth and fifth starts at 8-, 7-, 6- and 5-under respectively. The remaining players lose a shot each block of five (6th-10th start at 4-under; 11th-15th begin at 3-under, etc).

Smith is reportedly considering leaving the PGA Tour at the end of the season to sign with the Saudi-backed rebel LIV Golf series.

However, the World No.2 has bristled at questions about his potential defection to LIV Golf, and has so far refused to confirm or deny whether he'll make the switch.

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