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PHIL CASEY

IN the midst of the dev­as­tat­ing fires rav­aging his home­land, Aus­tralia’s Cameron Smith hoped his play-off vic­tory in the PGA Tour’s Sony Open would al­low his be­lea­guered com­pa­tri­ots to “smile for a mo­ment or two.”

Smith, who do­nated $500 for ev­ery birdie he made dur­ing the week to the fund-rais­ing ef­forts, edged out Bren­dan Steele at the first play-off hole in Hawaii to land the ti­tle and move up to No.31 in the world rank­ings.

The bush­fire cri­sis en­gulf­ing Aus­tralia has had a per­sonal ef­fect on Smith with his own un­cle Warren los­ing his home in the in­ferno.

“The fo­cus is prob­a­bly not on my golf,

Smith.

“But hope­fully it gave a few peo­ple rea­son to smile for a mo­ment or two.

“Un­cle Warren drove back to his place the other day and what he found was quite dev­as­tat­ing. I saw the pho­tos and the only thing he had left was a lit­tle shed that him and his son built a few months back.” for good rea­son,” said

World No.31 Cameron Smith

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