“PRO” FILE – TOURING PROFESSIONAL CAMERON SMITH

He may not have the higher profiles of countrymen Jason Day and Adam Scott, but 23-year-old Cameron Smith from Australia just might be making a name for himself. He teamed with Jonas Blixt to win the first team event on the PGA Tour in 36 years at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans, holding off the team of Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a playoff. Smith was overcome with emotion to the extent that he was literally unable to speak with CBS reporter Dottie Pepper after the round.

Smith didn’t just come out of nowhere. He tied for fourth at the 2015 U.S. Open and was an accomplished player on the Asian Tour prior to coming to America. His game was solid during the final round at the Zurich as he hit a pitch shot on the 72nd hole to gimme range, which was thought to have clinched the victory right then and there. However, Kisner one-upped him when he pitched in for eagle from 32 yards out, forcing Smith to hole his two-footer to send the tournament into a playoff, which he nervelessly did.

Many of Smith’s peers believe this is the first of many victories in this country for Smith, and that the man with the common name possesses an uncommon game.

 

 

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