AUSTRALIAN PGA CHAMPION
WINNING SCORE: 18 under par, 270. DEFEATED: New South Welshman Jordan Zunic on the second hole of sudden death. Adam Bland missed the playoff by one shot. DEFINING MOMENTS: Smith started the final round three strokes behind Zunic but the pair was sharing the lead through 13 holes. The deadlock remained until the penultimate hole when Smith poured in birdie as Zunic missed another chance, meaning Smith took the lead on his own for the first time with one hole to play.
With the crowd surrounding the final group Smith felt the pressure and missed the green right, making bogey and sending he and Zunic back to the 18th tee for a playoff.
After matching pars playing the hole the second time around, Zunic found trouble from the tee and could only advance his ball short of the green for two. Smith again missed right with his approach but made no mistake the third time around getting up-and-down for par and victory. WITH THIS VICTORY… : • Smith’s win was his first individual four round professional victory, with his only other win coming alongside Jonas Blixt at the 2017 Zurich Classic on the PGA Tour. • The Queenslander receives a two-year European Tour exemption, something Smith is unsure if he will take up as a fully exempt PGA Tour player. • Smith’s world ranking jumps to No.61, his highest ever rank, a
benefit his PGA Tour win didn’t deliver due to its team format.
“THIS WILL BE ON MY SCHEDULE AS LONG AS I HAVE MY CARD AND FULL STATUS IN THE U.S. I’LL DEFINITELY COME BACK DOWN HERE AND PLAY TWO OR THREE THAT ARE HERE, FOR SURE.”