Cameron Smith: The 'everyman' of golf transforming into one of its best players

A love of fishing, a flowing mullet and a friendly personality: Cameron Smith is a one-of-a-kind golfer.

The Australian can often be seen on his Instagram page on a boat with fishing gear or one of his catches.
Between a smiley disposition and his ‘business at the front, party at the back’ 理发, Smith has become somewhat of a 扇子 喜爱.
    Meanwhile over the last two years, the 28-year-old Smith has also blossomed into a serial contender or winner.
      He began 2022 in red-hot fashion, winning the Tournament of Champions in historic fashion earlier in January, posting the lowest under-par score in a four-round PGA Tour event in history to hold off world No. 1 Jon Rahm.
        Afterwards, he was asked in his press conference why his personality hasn’t changed over the years, especially in light of his recent success in golf. The reporter described his personality aseveryman if you will, for the Americans, or just the solid true-blue bloke that you’ve been able to maintain.
        And his response was reassuringlyeveryman.
          There’s no real reason to change my personality,” 史密斯 说过. “I think my dad would whip me to be honest if I did.
          “我不知道, it’s just how I’ve been brought up. I’ve been brought up to be the modest guy that respects everyone and like even out there today, Johnny was great as well.
          Every time we made a putt or a birdie, 它是: ‘Good shot, mateor there was never any hatred towards each other just because we were competing.
          We wanted to win because we wanted to compete against the best. 嗯是的, I think that’s just how I’ve been brought up and I respect other guy’s good play as well.
          While acknowledging that it’sgreat that people get behindhis look, Smith would ultimately prefer them to be talking about his success on the course.
          Smith is shown during second round play in the Tour Championship in 2021.

          获奖

          Since winning his first PGA Tour event in May 2017 at the Zurich Classic of New Orleanspartnered with Jonas BlixtSmith has become one of the steadiest players in golf.
          He then won back-to-back Australian PGA Championships in 2017 和 2018 on the European Tour.
          It’s over the last two years that Smith has really gone to the next level.
          A playoff victory at the Sony Open in January 2020 was his first individual victory on the PGA Tour before he achieved his best finish at a major to date, finishing tied for second behind Dustin Johnson at the Masters in 2020. Smith also became the first golfer in Masters history to shoot all four rounds in the 60s.
          He once again won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans in 2021, this time partnered with countryman Marc Leishman, while Smith finished tied for 10th competing at the 2020 东京奥运会.
          After hitting his straps towards the end of the 2020-21 PGA Tour season, Smith began the new year in the perfect fashion with his record-breaking win in Maui, something he attributes to an improvement in his driving.
          Smith carries his own golf bag as his caddie cleans the fairway bunker on the second hole during the third round of the Masters in 2021.

          He says he spent time on the driving range during the offseason practicing with his driver.
          When asked about what he worked on to improve his driving, 史密斯说: “It really wasn’t much. Probably just hitting more balls with a driver to be honest.
          I’m not lazy. 其实, I guess I’m lazy on the range. I get through the wedges and the irons and I’m like: ‘I’m ready to go home now.I barely hit drivers. So I made sure I stayed there for an extra 10-15 minutes and actually hit some balls.
          The result has been Smith’s meteoric rise up the world rankings and into the top 10 for the first time in his career.
            One of his goals for the rest of the year is qualify and lead the International President Cup Team which will face the US team at Quail Hollow in September.
            I definitely want to be on that team,” 史密斯说. “I enjoyed the tournament so much last time that I would be devastated if I missed out. And it’s been one of my goals since I’ve turned pro to be on the team, and I’ll try and be there again.

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