Cameron Smith Takes Socks, Shoes Off to Hit Ball in Creek During PGA Championship

The hosts of ESPN2's simulcast, No Laying Up, had the perfect response.
Cameron Smith stands in a creek at Valhalla Golf Course on Hole 7.
Cameron Smith stands in a creek at Valhalla Golf Course on Hole 7. / Omaha Productions/Screengrab

Cameron Smith's shot on Hole 7 at Valhalla Golf Course during Thursday's opening round of the PGA Championship ended up in no man's land, that's for sure.

Smith's ball plopped down in the creek, which appeared to be rather muddy. The Australian had to take his shoes and socks off while rolling up his pants to even step into the water. But, that didn't stop Smith from attempting a shot right out of the water.

The hosts of the No Laying Up podcast, who were broadcasting a simulcast of the major tournament on ESPN2, had the perfect response to Smith's situation.

"Noted fisherman... likes to kinda be in the water with his shoes and socks off," Neil Schuster said. "He looks right at home to me."

Smith miraculously saved par, too, despite the obstacle.

He finished 3-under on the day with four birdies and one bogey. He will tee off alongside Hideki Matsuyama and Viktor Hovland on Friday afternoon.

Madison Williams


Madison Williams is a Staff Writer on the Breaking & Trending News Team at Sports Illustrated, where she has covered the entire sports landscape since 2022. She specializes in tennis, but covers a wide range of sports from a national perspective. Before joining Sports Illustrated, Madison worked with The Sporting News. She hails from Augustana College and completed a Master’s in Sports Media at Northwestern University. Madison is a dog mom and an avid reader.