He is revered for his world-class brief recreation, nevertheless it’s the steely temperament that has Cameron Smith’s friends gushing in regards to the Australian’s Masters prospects.
Smith has arrived at Augusta Nationwide brimming with confidence following his record-setting victory at The Gamers Championship final month.
He might conceivably declare golf’s prime rating with a 3rd win of the yr.
So it is littler surprise that Adam Scott – the one Aussie to have received the Masters – actually is not counting Smith out from becoming a member of Australian golf’s most unique membership.
“He is received to be one of many favourites,” Scott instructed AAP.
The 28-year-old Smith is on the third line of betting behind solely former world No.1s Jon Rahm and Justin Thomas and forward of heavyweights like Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Collin Morikawa and present rankings chief Scottie Scheffler.
That is fairly the billing however no shock to Scott, who credit the unflappable Smith’s psychological toughness as the important thing to his beautiful rise to prominence.
“His brief recreation is clearly his actual energy within the bag however I believe his mentality in all probability is his actual energy general,” Scott stated.
“He is a unbelievable competitor and I would get behind him if it was all on the road. I believe he can get it executed. He is received that look to me.
“And he is received one thing about him. He is not simply successful occasions. He is setting data alongside the way in which.”
The world No.6’s current victory at TPC Sawgrass featured a file 10 birdies within the ultimate spherical whereas he wanted solely 101 putts in 72 holes, the fewest by any winner in The Gamers’ 50-year historical past.
In January, Smith’s 34-under-par successful whole on the Sentry Event of Champions in Hawaii smashed Ernie Els’ earlier match file by three photographs.
Final yr Smith tied the all-time PGA Tour file for fewest putts in a spherical when he wanted simply 18 throughout a second-round 62 on the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational.
The Queenslander additionally boasts an enviable file at Augusta Nationwide after turning into the primary and solely participant to shoot all 4 rounds within the 60s throughout his runner-up end to Johnson in 2020.
“He has one thing particular about him,” Scott stated.
“And I would not depend him out of something.”
Scott hopes Smith is not the one Australian to contend this week, although.
The 2013 champion and former world No.1 additionally fancies his personal possibilities of successful a second inexperienced jacket whereas Marc Leishman and debutants Lucas Herbert, Min Woo Lee and Cam Davis spherical out Australia’s six-strong problem.