Smith enjoys stunning T4 finish at #USOpen

Mon 22 Jun 2015

Smith enjoys stunning T4 finish at #USOpen

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June 22: Australian Cameron Smith, last season’s Rookie of the Year on the Asian Tour, enjoyed a memorable U.S. Open debut by finishing tied fourth at Chambers Bay on Sunday.
The 21-year-old Smith, who finished fifth on the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit lasts season with seven top-10s, nearly holed out for an albatross on the 18th hole when a mighty three wood from about 290 yards stopped inches from the cup.
A closing eagle saw him sign for a two-under-par 68 and a three-under-par 277 total, two shots behind winner Jordan Spieth of the United States, who earned his second straight Major win following his victory at the Masters Tournament in April.
American Dustin Johnson had an eagle putt on 18 to win the U.S. Open but agonisingly three putted the hole to finish tied second with Louis Oosthuizen of South Africa.
Asian Tour honorary member and international ambassador Ernie Els shared 54th position on 291 after a closing 73 while Marcus Fraser was equal 64th after a 74.
Anirban Lahiri, the current Asian Tour Order of Merit leader, Shiv Kapur, Thongchai Jaidee, Seukhyun Baek and Hiroyuki Fujita missed the halfway cut on Friday.
Smith earned his starting place at Chambers Bay through sectional qualifying and showed that he was a golfer to watch after tying countryman Adam Scott and Branden Grace of South Africa on tied fourth place.
“I thought I was coming in playing pretty solid. I thought I could definitely compete and if I could get my way around the golf course pretty good I'd sort of thought I had a shot. But it wasn't to be, really. But I'm happy with where I finished, for sure,” said Smith.
Walking up the 18th tee, Smith was level for the round with four birdies against as many bogeys but unleashed two terrific shots for his eagle.
His high finish will help him take a step closer towards earning a PGA Tour card while he also took up his Asian Tour membership at the start of the week where 50% of this week’s earnings will count towards the Asian Tour’s Order of Merit.
“I wasn't really expecting it, to be honest. I just wanted to get it somewhere on the green and hopefully I would have putted it. But to finish up and have a tap-in for eagle is a nice way to end,” said the young Aussie of his three wood approach shot.
“I can't put it into words at the moment, to be honest. No, it still hasn't really sunk in, and I don't know what to say. Sorry. I'm speechless. I just want to sort of sit in the hotel room and let it all absorb.”
Smith has relied on sponsors’ invitations to compete on the PGA Tour this season and hopes that his latest result will boost his career further.
“Definitely a lot of confidence. To be up there in a major means that you can play with the big guys. So just keep doing what I'm doing and hopefully it all works out,” he said.