AT RBC HERITAGE, CAMERON SMITH HAS MASTERS BEHIND HIM IN TIGER WOODS NEWS
(AP) – HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. Cameron Smith has put his poor swing on the 12th hole in the final round of the Masters behind him and is looking forward to continuing his excellent season at the RBC Heritage.
Smith played in the final group with champion Scottie Scheffler at Augusta National on Sunday. He, on the other hand, hit his tee shot into the sea in front of the difficult and often fatal par-3.
Smith is eager to go back to work at Harbour Town Golf Links this week after a couple of days of recuperation — and no golf.
He remarked on Wednesday, “I don’t believe I was depressed.” “I was just annoyed.” I felt like I was only one good swing away from being able to compete, and that’s how golf works.”
Smith finished five strokes behind Scheffler in third place in the Masters. Smith, who won the Tournament of Champions in January and The Players Championship last month, put up yet another impressive performance in a season filled with them.
He’s now ranked fifth in the world and feels he can go much higher if he sticks to his method. In recent years, it has worked for him in Harbour Town. Half of his 20 career rounds have been in the 60s, including a 62 in the first round last year when he tied for ninth with winner Stewart Cink.
“I would have been astonished if you had asked me at the beginning of the year whether I would be here,” Smith added. “However, I’ve felt extremely good about my game in the past couple of months, and I feel like I’m playing the greatest golf of my life.”
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Because of the emotional and physical toll of playing Augusta National, numerous Masters hopefuls usually miss this week. This week won’t be like that.
The RBC Heritage includes 14 of the top 21 players from last week’s leaderboard, including fifth-place Collin Morikawa, eighth-place Justin Thomas, and 12th-place Dustin Johnson.
“It’s pretty fascinating to see what Scottie’s done over the last couple of months,” said Morikawa, a two-time major winner whose most recent of five career titles came at the British Open last summer.
Morikawa’s game is enhanced by Harbour Town’s narrow fairways and compact greens. “So we’re seeking for that one tiny spark,” he said, “and this is a course I’ve been enjoying for the last couple of years.”