CAMERON SMITH

AUS­TRALIAN PGA CHAM­PION

Golf Australia - - AROUND THE TRAPS -

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.”

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