Smith holds nerve to land home event

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

GOLF: Cameron Smith sur­vived an early scare to card a fi­nal­round 70 and take the Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship.

The Aus­tralian had a three­shot lead go­ing into Sun­day but dropped shots on the first and fourth to open the door to Marc Leish­man who was three-un­der on the day after five.

But Smith’s 37 go­ing out was fol­lowed up by a flaw­less back nine as he took the ti­tle by two strokes to be­come the first player to win back-to-back Aus­tralian PGA Cham­pi­onship ti­tles since Robert Al­lenby in 2000 and 2001.

Leish­man carded a 69 for the sec­ond day in a row as he fin­ished on 14 un­der for the tour­na­ment.

One of the big­gest ris­ers on the fi­nal day on the Gold Coast was Eng­land’s Ross McGowan who had four birdies back to back as he carded a 63 to go from tied 32nd into a share of third place along­side Matthew Mil­lar.

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