Cam Smith is more concerned with the State of Origin score than his chances at St Andrews
Cam Smith is more concerned about the State of Origin score than his chances at St Andrews as the Australian star says this is his best shot at winning the British Open
- Golfer Cam Smith has expressed his happiness for the Maroons match three wins
- The 28-year-old asked for the score after his last training session for The Open
- Smith says he can get a low score to take the top prize in St Andrews
Australian golf champion Cameron Smith believes he will be in best shape if he wants to win The Open this weekend, but he was more concerned about how his Queensland team fared in State of Origin when he faced the media in St. Andrews.
Smith was startled into his 1pm Scottish time press conference, just as Maroons fullback Kalyn Ponga made his way across the tryline to extend the Maroons’ lead to 16-12 in the second half.
Cameron Smith knocks an iron off the tee on his final practice rounds in St Andrews before the 150th Open begins
Phone in hand to check the score, the Brisbane-born golfer said his preparation for the PGA’s final major of the year was flawless, following a hit with fellow Australians Marc Leishmann, Adam Scott and special practice partner Ash barty.
“I’d say this golf course probably reminds us a bit of home. It’s really solid and really fast, which I think the Aussies really enjoy,” Smith said.
“I think I played the best golf of my life this year for sure. I like the course. I think it’s everyone’s dream to grow up to win an Open in St Andrews. I don’t want to kid myself, but I feel pretty good.’
The 28-year-old warmed up with putter in hand at the Scottish Open last weekend, posting a final round of 68 to reach three under par.
Smith said the Queensland 22-12 win was “amazing” at the end of his final press conference before turning down at 5:03pm AEST on Thursday
Smith was told by reporters at the end of his interview that Queensland was leading 20-12 in the closing moments of the Suncorp decision, when a late interception from Ben Hunt sealed the grudge match.
‘Awesome!’ replied the world No. 6, whose rise through the ranks became nuclear thanks to his huge win at the Players Championship in Florida earlier this year, where he made $2.5 million richer.
The wiry golfer met his rugby league namesake, Maroons and Storm legend Cameron Smith, in 2017.
Smith passes the footy to rugby legend Cameron Smith in a publicity stunt for Queensland
The two appeared in a publicity stunt where the golfer taught the former dummy half how to form an iron shot while the NRL player led a spiral passing masterclass.
The brown tones of the St Andrews fairways remind Smith of his winter home course Wantima.
Cameron Smith (left) hitting the clubs with golfer Smith (right) in 2017 – Smith is an avid Maroons fan and was born in Brisbane
The Jacksonville, Florida native has failed to win golf’s biggest prize a few times and will try to cash in on recent form to take his first big win.
Smith carded two birdies on the first two holes of round four at the Masters this year, playing himself one behind the leader, Scottie Scheffler.
The Aussie collapsed under the pressure of the tee, hitting carbines into the trees on multiple holes and finishing third at the famed Augusta National.
Smith talks to his caddy during a practice round at the Masters in April this year – he struggled in the final round and finished third after three great days
Jason Day was the last Australian to win a major, with an insane 20 under to beat the 2015 PGA Championship by three shots.
Smith will tee off at 5:03 PM AEST with Irish golfer Seamus Power and recent LIV golf inductee, Brooks Koepka.
Marc Leishman and Adam Scott are paired with former world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and will be the first to leave at 10:15 p.m.