Tongue-in-cheek: After carrying Zurich Classic teammate Jonas Blixt for four days and extra holes to secure his first USPGA Tour win, former Brisbaner Cameron Smith is desirous of winning one on his own. It would be hard to imagine a better venue for young Smith, as this week’s tournament, The Players Championship, often considered amongst the pros as “The fifth Major,” is being played at the TPC Sawgrass course in Florida, the course where Smith resides and on which he frequently practices.
Smith reports that one of his favourite perks from playing on the USPGA tour is that as a rabid car fancier, he enjoys being handed the keys to brand new cars every week, as manufacturers are eager to have their products exposed to the public in the hands of top golfers.
Smith had a BMW at one event, Lexuses at others and an upscale Hyundai Genesis at another. When he played at The Masters in 2016, he had the free use of a Mercedes Benz.
The win at the Zurich Classic and some good finishes at other events has Smith poised on the verge, or precipice, of greatness and he currently ranks 21st in the FedEx Cup rankings and has made well in excess of $US 3 million for the 34 times he has made the cut for a paycheck in PGA tournaments.