It was, in football parlance, the classic “game of two halves.” Three-shots clear of compatriot Marc Leishman with 18 holes to play in his bid to retain the Australian PGA Championship, Cameron Smith was, after an outward-nine 37, suddenly two strokes to the bad.
The Masters, perennially the paramount event of the golf calendar, feels even bigger this year with a host of engaging storylines and return of a certain 14-time major winner. Somewhat ironic, as the Masters field is smaller than it has been in decades.
While the results haven’t quite been there this season, Bubba Watson felt his game was still on an upward trend coming into the Genesis Open. Point proven thus far.
A top-five finish at this week’s Genesis Open would likely secure Cameron Smith a spot in the WGC-Mexico Championship later this month. It would also go a long way toward securing a spot in the Masters.
En-route to winning the Australian PGA Championship title in a playoff on Sunday, Cameron Smith didn’t just have to hold of Jordan Zunic at RACV Royal Pines Resort on Queensland's Gold Coast.
He may have been less than stellar during days two and three of the 102nd Australian Open at The Australian Club—four over par for the 36 holes—but Cameron Davis started and finished like a true champion.