CAMERON SMITH

2015 US OPEN, FI­NAL ROUND CHAM­BERS BAY, 72ND HOLE

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Cameron Smith was just 21-years-old, in the fi­nal round of his first ma­jor cham­pi­onship and sit­ting nicely in the top-10 on the leader­board walk­ing to the 72nd hole.

Tied with Brandt Snedeker for sev­enth place, the Queens­lan­der blud­geoned his driver 319 yards up the hill. Af­ter some chat­ting with his cad­die, Smith took aim for the green with his 3-wood.

He hit it beau­ti­fully. His ball car­ried the bunkers be­fore skip­ping and rolling to the back fringe of the green. His ball then be­gan to trickle down the slope and the crowd kept urg­ing his ball closer and closer un­til it ran out of puƒ, less than a foot from the cup.

He tapped in for ea­gle, which saw him jump into a top-five fin­ish, which earned him starts at the 2016 Mas­ters and US Open … not to men­tion an ex­tra $100,000 in prize­money.

“The chal­lenge of the US Open, to me, is you’ve got to hit ev­ery shot per­fect and if you do miss a shot you pay the ul­ti­mate price,” Smith says. “That shot was per­fect.

“I said to my cad­die, Dan (Quinn), on the tee, I said, ‘Do we have a shot at get­ting there?’ And he said, ‘If you hit a good drive.’ Hit a re­ally good drive, ended up just short of the bunker there on the uphill slope, which helped a lot.

“I had 265 me­tres to the pin. So about 290 yards. It was just a per­fect 3-wood. And I hit it and it come oƒ and it went a lot closer than I thought it was go­ing to go.

“Then the walk up to the green was like noth­ing I ever ex­pe­ri­enced be­fore. It was pretty cool. Ev­ery­one was cheer­ing … it was awe­some … it was spine tin­gling.”

IT WAS PRETTY COOL. EV­ERY­ONE WAS CHEER­ING … IT WAS AWE­SOME … IT WAS SPINE TIN­GLING. – CAMERON SMITH

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