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