Smith earns special invite to PGA Championship

Thu 06 Aug 2015

Smith earns special invite to PGA Championship

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Sentosa, Singapore, August 6: Australian Cameron Smith, last season’s Rookie of the Year on the Asian Tour, has received a special invitation to compete in the year’s final major, the PGA Championship at Whistling Straits next week.
The 21-year-old, who finished an impressive fourth at the U.S. Open in June, received the invitation from the PGA of America.
"I didn't think it would all happen this quick, but it's definitely good that it has," Smith told the PGA Tour of Australia website.
An eagle at the 72nd hole secured Smith a dream finish at the U.S. Open two months ago, which has helped secure his PGA Tour card for next season. He has also earned exemptions into the U.S. Open and Masters Tournament next year through his high U.S. Open finish.
"At the start of the year I wanted to learn as much as I could and get as much as I could from playing in America but to have achieved this in a year is definitely unexpected,” he said.
After earning his Asian Tour card through Qualifying School in early 2014, Smith emerged as one of the season’s revelations as he ended his rookie season in fifth place on the Order of Merit.
The talented Australian, who won all the top amateur events in his country before turning professional, created headlines with a sensational season highlighted by seven top-10s in nine starts on the region’s premier Tour and missed only one cut.
The highlight of the year was at the PGA Tour co-sanctioned CIMB Classic in Malaysia where he finished tied fifth. He was also the joint runner-up at the CIMB Niaga Indonesian Masters, finishing behind India’s Anirban Lahiri.
Other Asian Tour members who will tee up next week include Kiradech Aphibarnrat of Thailand, Ernie Els of South Africa, Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, Vijay Singh of Fiji, Y.E. Yang of Korea and Lahiri.