Smith's amazing race

Fri 07 Nov 2014

Smith's amazing race

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November 7: Asian Tour member Cameron Smith of Australia continues to live the dream after enjoying a top-five result at the CIMB Classic on Sunday.
The top-10 finish earned him a start in this week’s Sanderson Farms Championship on the PGA TOUR.
It was a long journey from Kuala Lumpur as he travelled 9,861 miles to Jackson, Mississippi. The mental ride has been equally as long but most profitable.
The 21-year-old won the 2013 Australian Amateur Championship before turning pro last year. He found success quickly. Smith earned a spot in last week's CIMB Classic by ranking fourth on the Asian Tour's Order of Merit.
He finished fifth at the CIMB -- his seventh consecutive top-10 worldwide -- to earn another TOUR start this week. Smith is the first player to claim a top-10 finish in his first start on the PGA TOUR since Chris Wood achieved the feat at the 2008 Open Championship.
“I’m tired, with a ton of jet lag,” Smith said. “It took me almost 27 hours to get here, but I am really excited and confident in my game right now. Hopefully, I can keep it going this week.”
Smith is still relatively green on the American golf scene, having previously played in just two events on the Web.com Tour. In successive weeks in 2013, he missed the cut at the Mylan Classic and finished T61 at the Price Cutter Charity Championship.
If recent history is any indication, Smith will be a factor this week. He doesn’t expect to be, however. What he does expect is to simply stay within himself and let the chips fall where they may.
“All I want to do is play well. I can’t control what anyone else does, so I’m just going to try and take care of what I can control.”
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