Cameron Smith’s upcoming week on the Gold Coast for the Australian PGA could scarcely be more of a contrast to the intense theatre of a spiteful Presidents Cup in Melbourne, where he was part of the International contingent that lost to the Americans in front of partisan galleries.
Famously laid back, Smith will tee up in a famously laid back tournament at Royal Pines from Thursday. It’s been a winning combination for the Queenslander, but his superb record in the tournament adds another layer of pressure as he attempts a three-peat not achieved since Dan Soutar went the title in 1905-06-07.
A few have had the opportunity, including Robert Allenby (2000-01), Greg Norman (1984-85), Kel Nagle (1958-59) and Norman von Nida (1950-51). Smith has that chance now but must put behind the disappointment of the Presidents Cup defeat in which he performed strongly and earned a point on Sunday with a win over Justin Thomas.
“Last week was a big week on and off the golf course. Still a little bit tired but in saying that, I’m sure that tomorrow will hype me up and I’ll be ready to go,” Smith said on Wednesday.