FILE PHOTO: Cameron Smith displays the Champions trophy after winning The Players Championship golf tournament at TPC Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, U.S. March 14, 2022. David Yeazell-USA TODAY Sports
March 17, 2022
By Ian Ransom
(Reuters) – Australia’s Cameron Smith will head into the Masters fresh and confident as he seeks a big first win after the biggest win of his career at the Players Championship this week.
Satisfied that his game is in just the right place, Smith will be resting at his Florida base and having quality time visiting Australian relatives before heading to Augusta for the April 7-10 tournament.
He said his one-shot win at TPC Sawgrass on Monday gave him plenty of confidence for his Augusta attack.
“Obviously it was pretty cool to prove myself against 144 of the best guys in the world and come out on top,” he told reporters on a call Thursday.
“It’s basically our fifth major, everyone treats it that way.
“So there’s no reason why I can’t go ahead and win one of these big ones.”
Smith, who also won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii in January, can hope for a breakthrough in Augusta.
He had three top-10 finishes there, including shared second place in 2020 when he became the first player to shoot all four rounds in the 1960s.
Smith said he felt Augusta National suited his game.
“I think it just allows me to be creative. It almost brings out my inner child,” he said.
“I feel like I can hit some shots there that you don’t normally hit week in week out and it takes those shots.
“So yeah, it’s just a place where I feel really relaxed … and I feel like I’m playing my best golf when I’m really creative.”
After Australia lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions in late 2021, Smith said he’s looking forward to returning home to see family and plans to play in the summer, a boost for the country’s small local tour.
He said he also craved an Australian meat pie, the country’s ubiquitous snack, which is generally eaten with lots of tomato sauce.
“I’m really going to look forward to that first meat pie,” he said.
“That’s something they haven’t quite figured out over here. You have them, but they just don’t taste like home.”
(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Editing by Christopher Cushing)
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