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Born: 18 August 1993
Birthplace: Brisbane, Australia
Resides: Jacksonville, Florida, USA
Major Wins: 1
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 4 (2 pairs wins also)
Other wins: 3
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cameron has been playing regularly on the PGA Tour since 2015 and claimed his first PGA Tour win at the 2020 Sony Open. He also won his 2nd title in Hawaii, winning the Sentry Tournament of Champions in 2022 and followed that with a massive win at the PLAYERS Championship.
After a near miss at the 2022 Masters, Cam finally won his maiden major at the 2022 Open Championship in St Andrews.
Cameron has stated that he wasn't working hard enough and as 2019 drew to a close and 2020 began he put more effort in and began making swing changes which paid off with his win, “I wasn’t working hard enough, I wasn’t putting the time in,” Smith said. “But over the last few months, the whole team around me put the time in to get the result.”
Cameron had a public spat with Patrick Reed over an incident in late 2019 where Reed was accused of cheating. Smith was warned by the PGA Tour for calling Reed a cheat.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Cameron has shown in 2022 he can win from front or behind. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is therefore set to ⭐⭐⭐⭐.
✅ Smith led by 3 shots and shot 68 to win by 3 shots at the Australian PGA Championship.
❌ Began the final round of the Fed-Ex St Jude Championship 2 shots back of Spaun and shot 70 to finish 6 shots off the playoff.
✅ Smith came from FOUR shots back of Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland to win the Open Championship by a shot. An outstanding performance.
❌ Began the final round of the Memorial 5 shots behind the leader in 2nd place and shot 77 to finish 10 shots behind.
❌ Began the final round of The Masters 3 shots back of Scottie Scheffler in sole 2nd place. Shot 73 to finish 5 shots back and unraveled after a triple bogey on the 12th.
✅ Smith came from a couple of shots back at the weather affected PLAYERS Championship to win by one shot. It should be noted he made a bit of a mess of 18 before recovering well to get a bogey to win.
✅ Co-led the Sentry Tournament of Champions, once again with Jon Rahm. Played admirably all round, shooting 65 to win by one shot over Rahm.
➖ Joint leader with Jon Rahm going into the final round of The Northern Trust. Cameron birdied two of the last three holes to reach a playoff with Tony Finau. However, put his tee shot outof bounds on the opening play off hole to surrender any chance.
❌ Cam went into the final round of the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational two shots behind (2nd). Shot a final round 72 to slip to 5th. Cam made double bogey on the 72nd hole when a par would have seen him make the playoff.
❌ One shot back after 54 holes at the Travelers Championship, Cam would shoot an out of character round of 74 (3rd worst score of the day) to slip to 30th.
❌ Took a two shot lead after 4 holes of round 3 of the WGC Workday Championship. Played the next 14 holes in +7 to drop out of contention completely, a really sloppy performance when leading.
✅ Trailed Dustin Johnson by four shots entering the final round at The Masters. Couldn't overturn the deficit but did perform admirably to claim 2nd place.
✅ Defeated Brendan Steele in a playoff to win the Sony Open in Hawaii, earning his second career PGA TOUR victory and first since the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans (with Jonas Blixt). Made a birdie-4 on the 72nd hole to force the playoff and won with a par on the first extra hole (par-4 10th). Began the final round in second place and three strokes behind Steele.
✅ Won from the front after converting a 3 shot lead in the Australian PGA Championship.
✅ Cameron's first win at the Australian PGA came after he entered the final round 3 shots behind.
Each of Cameron's three solo wins have come after he recorded a top-10 finish in his previous event. He also has multiple examples throughout his career of getting on a hot streak so he's a golfer to keep onside when he's posted a high finish the week before.
Best finishes at Australian PGA and Sony Open where the wind tends to blow.
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Cameron has a terrible record at The Memorial tournament. In six starts he has missed the cut four times and recorded 65th and 68th place finishes.
Evens to back Smith
Cameron particularly likes the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges, where he has recorded three consecutive top-10 finishes from 2017 (not including 2020 where played in the USA).
Cameron has taking a liking to Augusta National. A best finish of 2nd in 2020 is supplemented by 5th in 2018 and 10th in 2021. Given the improvements he's made in his game of late, it's not inconceivable that he dons the Green Jacket in 2022.
Cameron lost his most recent playoff at The Northern Trust. Prior to that he won the 2020 Sony Open against Brendan Steele when Steele made a mess of the 1st playoff hole and Cameron needed only a par to win. He also recorded a playoff win at the 2017 Australian PGA Championship. Cameron also won a playoff when partnering Jonas Blixt at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2017. Prior to that Cameron lost the first playoff he was involved in when beaten by Jordan Spieth at the 2016 Australian Open.
2020 Sony Open
Q. Is it too much to sort of say that this sort of grinding out win that's coming back from what you did is quintessentially Australian, that fighting spirit that people are showing back there now?
CAMERON SMITH: Yeah, I think so. I've always been quite good at not giving up. I've never felt the need to kind of mentally check out in any way. Like you were saying before, I started bogey, triple bogey, and then finished that day even par and progressed from there. So, yeah, I mean, it was a big fight all week basically.
Q. When you were battling with Brendan all day, and especially get in the playoff, did the Presidents Cup experience come into play there?
CAMERON SMITH: Yeah, I think so. Like I was saying before, I think, yeah, just having to make the putts, feeling like something else is on the line, I think I drew a little bit from the Presidents Cup.
I mean, I felt as though I played some of my best golf that week, and with such little time between these events I think that's kind of rolled over definitely into this week. I just feel like I've got -- I'm not necessarily hitting it super duper, but getting the ball around and scoring really nicely.
Q. Kind of talk about your thought process standing over the putt on 18.
CAMERON SMITH: Well, I knew I had to hole it. It was just probably half cup outside left, and I putted really well all week. Given the conditions, windy conditions, it does get tricky to putt those shorter putts.
But, yeah, I felt as though standing over the putt I kind of already holed it in my mind, if you know what I mean. It was already in, so I just stepped over like I would any other putt, and just try and hit the ball where I thought it needed to start.