Having earlier thought he had missed the cut, Cameron Smith progressed through the weekend rounds at the Australian Open.
A week after winning the Australian PGA, Smith waited impatiently, but finally managed to pass just over the cut line with a 73 brace on Friday.
After going 71-for-1 at Victoria Golf Club on Thursday, Smith appeared on the wrong side of the cut line.
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After his turn, Smith said he “just couldn’t get anything done”.
“I’ve felt really uncomfortable the last few days, which is really weird,” he said.
“I hit a lot of good putts that just went around the edges, and that’s what I ended up with.”
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Starting on the 10 at Kingston Heath, Smith started his round with a bogey and two pars. He birdied the 13th par four but gave the shot back directly to the 14th.
He also bogeyed on the 16th, before starting his first nine with back-to-back birdies. He would make two more bogeys in the fourth and eighth, before finishing with a birdie in the ninth.
With his corner game normally his forte, Smith lamented missing several greens in a “frustrating” round.
“I hit a few good shots in three (but) from there it really wasn’t that great. I had another corner in four and missed the green,” he said. declared.
Cameron Smith struggling at the Australian Open
“Just really mediocre. Not really good stuff there, and quite frustrating because the scoring conditions are obviously quite good.”
David Micheluzzi and Adam Scott share the lead with a 134 under eight.
Scott shot a bogey-free seven-under 63 to tie the Victorian Golf Club course record, also set by local pro David Micheluzzi on Thursday.
After a tough opening round for the 2013 Masters champion, Scott got into shape, rolling in a left-to-right eagle from the edge of the 18th green.
Scott and Micheluzzi will face off in the final group on Saturday after Micheluzzi scored a 71 under par to hold a share of the first-round lead.
Hannah Green leads the Women’s Championship with an 11-under 134.
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