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Smith: Masters disappointment in rear-view mirror

Cameron Smith has already won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and Players Championship earlier this year and finished in a tie for third, his third top-five finish in six Masters appearances; “I feel as though I was one really good swing away from really contending”

Last Updated: 13/04/22 5:43pm

    Cameron Smith will be bidding for a third PGA Tour title of the season in the RBC Heritage

    Cameron Smith will be bidding for a third PGA Tour title of the season in the RBC Heritage

    Cameron Smith insists his Masters disappointment is already in his “rear-view
    mirror” as he bids for a third PGA Tour title of the season in the RBC Heritage.

    Smith birdied the first two holes of Sunday’s final round to close the gap to Scottie Scheffler to a single stroke before a two-shot swing on the third, where Scheffler chipped in for birdie and Smith bogeyed from an identical spot short of the green.

    After falling further behind with a bogey on the fourth, Smith birdied the 11th – the hardest hole at Augusta National all week – to get back to three behind, only to then dump his tee shot on the 12th into Rae’s Creek.

    Smith's hopes of a maiden major title at The Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey

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    Smith’s hopes of a maiden major title at The Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey

    Smith’s hopes of a maiden major title at The Masters crumbled at the infamous 12th with a triple bogey

    “My game’s in a good spot, I’m happy with how I guess handled the situation after and yeah, I’m just really looking forward to competing again this week. That’s kind of in the rear-view mirror now.”

    Cameron Smith

    The 28-year-old, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and Players Championship earlier this year, fought back from the resulting triple bogey to finish in a tie for third, his third top-five finish in six Masters appearances.

    “It was a really good week, another really solid week,” Smith told a pre-tournament press conference at Harbour Town Golf Links.

    “I felt really comfortable last week and it was nice to kind of be in contention on Sunday. To not quite get it done was perhaps a little bit frustrating, but Scottie played some pretty good golf there towards the end, so hats off to him.

    “I don’t think I was down in the dumps (on Sunday evening). I was just frustrated. I feel as though I was one really good swing away from really contending and that’s just how golf is, especially around that golf course.

    “I feel as though sometimes you can even hit really good golf shots and end up making bogeys and doubles around there. So, yeah, just a little bit frustrated.

    “My game’s in a good spot, I’m happy with how I guess handled the situation after and yeah, I’m just really looking forward to competing again this week. That’s kind of in the rear-view mirror now.”

    Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he claimed a memorable victory at The Players

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    Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he claimed a memorable victory at The Players

    Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he claimed a memorable victory at The Players

    Smith is not the only Masters contender to make the three-hour drive from Augusta to Hilton Head, with Shane Lowry, Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Sungjae Im all in the field.

    Lowry also recovered from a triple bogey in the final round – on the par-three fourth – to share third place with Smith, while Morikawa finished fifth after a closing 67 which included holing a bunker shot on the 18th, moments after playing partner Rory McIlroy had done so in his 64.

    Stewart Cink, who made a hole-in-one on the 16th in the second round of the Masters, returns to defend the title he won by four shots last year.

    When are the rest of this year’s majors?

    Scottie Scheffler made the most of his five-shot advantage on the 18th green as he four-putted for a double bogey to win his first major

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    Scottie Scheffler made the most of his five-shot advantage on the 18th green as he four-putted for a double bogey to win his first major

    Scottie Scheffler made the most of his five-shot advantage on the 18th green as he four-putted for a double bogey to win his first major

    Scheffler will now target further major success at the PGA Championship from May 19-22, which takes place at Southern Hills Country Club for the first time since Woods’ victory there in 2007, with the US Open then being held at The Country Club in Brookline from June 16-19.

    The men’s major season then reaches its climax at The 150th Open from July 14-17, with Woods confirming he intends to tee it up at St Andrews, with all the majors once again exclusively live this year on Sky Sports Golf.