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Cameron Smith melts down in Australian PGA title protection

Cameron Smith reacts during the 2023 Australian PGA Championship.

Cameron Smith mentioned Friday was one among his worst days as a professional.

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If the tip of 2022 was Cameron Smith’s peak, he might have come crashing again to earth to shut 2023.

In his title protection on the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship this week, Smith shot a second-round 78 to complete his week at 9 over and 9 photographs outdoors the minimize line at Royal Queensland Golf Membership.

Smith informed reporters afterward he couldn’t keep in mind a worse day on the course as knowledgeable.

“Yeah, no phrases. S***,” Smith informed the Australian Related Press whereas choking again tears. “I’ve carried out below stress earlier than and it’s not acceptable, a bit upsetting really. I do know what I’m doing, it’s simply going on the market and committing to one thing is one other factor.”

His frustrations had been clearly obvious on the ninth gap Friday when, after spending a number of minutes trying to find a misplaced golf ball within the woods, he slammed his golf bag with a fairway wooden. (Skip to :23 within the video beneath)

Smith completed No. 2 in LIV Golf’s season-long particular person standings, however his play has been a little bit of Jekyll and Hyde recently. In his last 5 begins of the LIV Golf season, he picked up his two wins at LIV London and LIV Bedminster, however the remainder of his begins had been substandard, recording a thirty fifth, fortieth and twenty fifth in LIV’s 48-man fields.

However earlier this month, Smith completed runner-up on the Asian Tour’s Worldwide Collection Hong Kong Open.

This week, his missed minimize within the Australian PGA might show expensive because the occasion is now one of many few he performs that receives Official World Golf Rating factors.

LIV Golf’s software to obtain OWGR factors was formally denied in October. With no finalization of the PGA Tour, DP World Tour and Saudi Public Funding Fund’s framework settlement that would present for a path again to the PGA Tour for Smith and different LIV Golf defectors, probabilities for rating factors are few and much between.

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Smith, who has fallen from No. 2 on the planet to 18th since becoming a member of LIV, was in a position to play on this week’s Aussie PGA and subsequent week’s Australian Open as a result of they’re co-sanctioned by the DP World Tour and PGA Tour of Australasia.

The one OWGR-ranked occasions Smith performed final yr between the Aussie PGA and the Masters had been the Australian Open and the PIF Saudi Worldwide. Whereas he has no worries about qualifying for majors for the foreseeable future because of his 2022 Open Championship win, his possibilities of representing Australia within the Olympics are dimming.

In accordance with OWGR guru Nosferatu on Twitter, Smith was projected to cede his place as Australia’s top-ranked participant by the rankings cutoff in June 2024. Each Jason Day and Cameron Davis would cross him, grabbing the nation’s two Olympic spots. The Olympics takes a most of 4 golfers per nation from the highest 15 of the OWGR after which fills out the remainder of the sector of 60 with a most of two golfers per nation.

Day (present World No. 21), Davis (44) and Min Woo Lee (45), who leads in Australia by three rounds, all play on the PGA Tour and will overtake Smith.

Forward of the Aussie PGA this week in Brisbane, Smith mentioned a want to compete within the Olympics was nonetheless prime of thoughts.

“I positively need to be there, mate, 100%,” the 30-year-old informed reporters earlier within the week. “I do know the standards, I don’t know if that may change, however I’ve received these couple of occasions right here and possibly extra seems to be once more within the majors, so hopefully I can maintain that rating up and put on the [Australian national] coat of arms on the chest once more, it’s fairly particular.”

Jack Hirsh Editor

Jack Hirsh is an assistant editor at GOLF. A Pennsylvania native, Jack is a 2020 graduate of Penn State College, incomes levels in broadcast journalism and political science. He was captain of his highschool golf staff and not too long ago returned to this system to function head coach. Jack additionally nonetheless *tries* to stay aggressive in native amateurs. Earlier than becoming a member of GOLF, Jack spent two years working at a TV station in Bend, Oregon, primarily as a Multimedia Journalist/reporter, but in addition producing, anchoring and even presenting the climate. He could be reached at





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