Teeing off with Cameron Smith
Can the Queenslander golfer win his third Australian PGA Championship?
Renowned Queensland golfer Cameron Smith will return to Australian soil in December to defend his Australian PGA Championship.
The World No. 45 golfer hopes to create history by becoming the first golfer in more than a century to win three consecutive titles.
Smith will compete against Australian former World No. 1 golfer Adam Scott in the championship, to be held at RACV Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast from 19-22 December.
In preparation for the competition, Smith said he hadn’t felt any added pressure to get the three-peat as he played his best golf when relaxed.
“I haven’t felt any stress and plan on just enjoying myself - it’s what I have always done,” the 26-year-old said.
“I’ve always gone to the Gold Coast and had a good time with family and friends and golf has taken care of itself.”
Smith’s laidback approach also extended to his training regime, which he dubbed as “pretty boring”.
“I have about three or four weeks off in between my last tournament for the US Tour and will have a couple of weeks here just preparing, practising and going to the gym every day,” he said.
"There's not much to it."
Smith will need to finish the year strong after slipping in the world rankings to No. 45 from No. 28 following only two top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour.
Despite dropping 17 spots in the rankings, Smith said he remained determined and hoped to earn a spot in the top 20 soon.
“It’s something that I haven’t been able to crack yet,” Smith said.
“I need to knuckle down and work on some of my technique with my coaches.
“Once we nail that, I will be on the right track.”
For those hoping to take their golf game to the next level, Smith said his best advice would be to keep doing what you’re doing.
“A lot of guys get to the PGA Tour and then change what they’re doing which is odd to me,” he said.
“I always tell people to focus on improving their own game rather than looking at others for answers.”
Off the golf course, Smith said he was most excited to come home, see family and friends and eat authentic Australian food.
“I love meat pies,” he said.
“I have probably missed coffee and meat pies the most.
“You can’t get a good cup of coffee or a meat pie in America.
“They’re my two favourite things about Australia outside of friends and family.”
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