Australia’s Cameron Smith just needed a sense of urgency to hit him right in the face in his bid to qualify for the Presidents Cup on home soil.
Complacency can be a killer in all sports, and for the second season running, Smith had let a solid start to a season fade away with a quiet middle.
Last year, Smith opened by making 10 of his first 11 cuts with five top-10 finishes. His next nine starts, however, yielded just four weekends, with a best finish of 23rd.
But Smith thrives under the gun. With the
This season, Smith made his first nine cuts, with three top-10 results. He also defended his Australian PGA Championship title. But then, he missed five of his next 11 cuts, with a 29th place the high mark.
The 25-year-old Australian then saw he’d slipped outside the automatic selection zone for the Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in December–where he hopes to make his International Team debut.
He also noticed his
Cue the uptick in his performances. At The Open he finished 20th but threatened the top 10 until wild weather hit Sunday.
Proving it was no fluke, the former Zurich Classic of New Orleans winner opened the World Golf Championships–FedEx St. Jude Invitational on Thursday with a 5-under 65 to tie for
‘That’s just golf sometimes, you never really know what it will throw at you. Keep grinding through it and the results will always be around the corner.’
Smith’s finish a week ago moved him back to eighth in the Presidents Cup standings with just five weeks before the top eight secure spots for Melbourne. His destiny in his own hands.
‘My destiny has been in my own hands all year, but it is a huge goal of mine to be on the Presidents Cup team,
‘I think I’ve played well enough to be on it. But now it’s up to me to make sure of it.’
Sitting with Smith in a tie for
‘I haven’t been watching the standings too closely but I know a good performance this week could help my goal of making the team,’
‘It would be an honor to make it.’
Justin Harding is in 11th place in the standings but was +2 on Thursday.
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