Cameron Smith’s Masters final round doomed by too many errors

AUGUSTA, Georgia — Cam Smith was the only player who had a chance to chase Scottie Scheffler in the final round of Sunday’s Masters.

The 28-year-old Australian can be a fearless birdie machine, and as he carded birdies on the first two holes, he quickly reduced Scheffler’s three-shot lead to a single shot. But he never got close, with bogeys on #3s and 4s halting his momentum and a disastrous triple bogey on the par-3 12th hole ending his chances.

Smith, who finished tied second in 2020 and 10th in 2021, finished tied third this week.

“Just too many mistakes,” Smith said afterwards. “Bad shot at 12 and that’s the tournament. It was just a perfect 9 iron. Just a really bad swing, probably one of the worst swings of the week at the worst time of the week. I will grow from it and be stronger for it.”

Smith believes his time in Augusta will come.

“I feel like I’ve played my best golf here, it just wasn’t quite my time,” Smith said. “A few lucky breaks and one day I’ll put on this green jacket.”

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England’s Tyrrell Hatton, who finished last of the 52 players to make the cut with a 17-over shot after the 80th on Sunday, said: “I’m glad it’s over” when it was over .

He sounded a lot like Sergio Garcia once when he expressed his frustration with Augusta National.

“Disappointed, of course, but I just never do well here,” said Hatton. “To be honest this course is not really in my eye. When I come back in the future I’ll just have to try to get through as best I can. … Here you can make good shots and get no reward for it. It’s unfair sometimes. I do not agree with it.”

“If you hit a good shot, you should land near the hole. Not then with the short side in a bunker because of the slopes they created and stuff. I don’t think it’s a fair test sometimes.”

“When you’re clearly bottom of the field at the weekend, even though I feel like I’ve made good shots out there, I haven’t been rewarded for it, so I just lose interest a bit. I just try, ideally, to get off the golf course as quickly as possible. I can say it wasn’t a fun walk. Maybe I’ll be better off coming back here as a caddie instead of trying to hit golf shots.”

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Jon Rahm, who earlier in the week joked that Tiger Woods is just giving advice to Justin Thomas, was paired with Woods in Sunday’s Masters finals and paid homage to him afterwards.

“I think the last maybe seven years of golf since 2015 with Jordan [Spieth]Jason Day, Dustin [Johnson]rory [McIlroy]streams [Koepka]myself, Justin Thomas, many other great players now with Cameron [Smith] and Scottie Scheffler, it’s a perfect example of the tiger effect,” Rahm said. “We’re all the same age, Dustin is a bit older. We all grew up with tigers. We all grew up wanting to be him and we all grew up dreaming of becoming big champions.

“As golf progresses, where we all see ourselves as athletes, you can see the difference. Everyone can reach a new level. It’s a beautiful part of the golden age of golf that we’re living in right now.”

Rahm, who shot 69, said he enjoyed Sunday’s round because all the attention was on Woods.

“It was great because no one paid any attention to me, so I just watched him play,” Rahm said. “I was a spectator more and played well in the end. In that sense, a bit of a burden is lifted off my shoulders. I was able to enjoy today as a fan and as a player.

Bubba Watson, the 2012 and 2014 winner, said the best memory he will take away from this Masters is the return of Woods.

“It’s Tiger’s inspiration,” said Watson. “Tiger…forgot score. I do not care. Watching him run, my goodness, I’m crying on a paper cutout. That he can walk and make the cut is pretty spectacular.” Cameron Smith’s Masters final round doomed by too many errors


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