Smith masters the art of keeping calm in bid for Green Jacket

Augusta, Georgia: Not much troubles Cameron Smith. Except one thing. Well come to that later.

The 25-year-old Australian has a PGA Tour victory to his credit – as well as two Australian PGA titles, and last year wowed the Augusta galleries with his incredible shot-making in finishing fifth.

Calm presence: Cameron Smith.

Calm presence: Cameron Smith.Credit:AAP

He played the back nine on Sunday five under.

Hes so laid back he could fall asleep standing up.


Asked about the pressure of playing on these famed grounds he doesn't flinch. He says hit good iron shots, you'll make birdies. Hit bad shots you'll get chewed up. All the while thinking: "How could you be under pressure when you are doing what you love?"

Things are simple for Smith. He plays golf. He hits drives and iron shots so clean they may as well have come out of the dishwasher.

His finesse around the greens is first class.

A combination of skill and attitude has taken him to No.28 in the world from the humble surrounds of Queenslands Wantima Country Club.

After his win on the PGA Tour two years ago, he returned home to Brisbanes northern suburbs and was spotted by an old mate in a boat shop at Virginia wearing a worn t-shirt, tattered shorts and no shoes.

He explained to his mate he was buying a part for a boat as he was going fishing. A few days after winning close to $1 million on the other side of the planet.

Kind of sums him up.

Last year, while on the leaderboard in the second round of the Masters, he hit his drive into the galleries among the trees to the left on the par four seventh.

As he was walking up and down eyeing off the green and working out whether he had a shot through a narrow opening in the branches, a patron with a bunch of mates dropped his water bottle.

Cool, calm and collected: Cameron Smith at Augusta this week.

Cool, calm and collected: Cameron Smith at Augusta this week.Credit:EPA

Smith, marching back towards his ball, instinctively bent over, picked it up and handed it back to the fan.

The fan says "thank you man", and keeps walking along with his mates, oblivious to who it was who picked up his bottle.

One of his mates then says: "I think that was a player." They then established it was and were saying "holy shit man, a player just gave you back your bottle. Who is that guy?"

Smith then proceeded to hit a miracle shot off the pine straw, over the trees to three metres.

"Man, whoever that guy is, he can play."

By Sunday afternoon, all of Augusta knew who Cameron Smith was after he birdied 12, 13, 14, 15 and 17.

Now, back to what troubles him – the Brisbane Broncos. He's a tragic. A diehard. Read More – Source

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