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“I knocked on the door a couple of times and just felt like it was my moment. I hit a lot of quality golf shots and didn’t really back down and just kept going. try to make birdies,” Cameron Smith said after emotional victory at The Players in front of his family.

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Highlights from Cameron Smith’s game-winning run as he secured a thrilling one-shot victory at The Players Championship

Highlights from Cameron Smith’s game-winning run as he secured a thrilling one-shot victory at The Players Championship

Cameron Smith admitted he wasn’t surprised by his Players Championship win after feeling confident in his abilities ahead of the tournament.

The Aussie is familiar with the TPC Sawgrass layout as he lives locally and he used his knowledge in a rollercoaster final round that included 10 birdies and four bogeys, with his four pars in his 66 equaling the lowest number of go on a winning ride on the PGA Tour over the past 40 years.

After a fright at the end when he found water with his second shot as he bogeyed to finish at 13 under, Smith finally finished clear of Indian Anirban Lahiri to secure his fifth success on the PGA Tour.

“I felt like one of those greats was the next step for me,” Smith said. “I knocked on the door a few times and just felt like it was my moment. I hit a lot of quality golf shots and didn’t really back down and just kept going. try to make birdies.

“I felt really comfortable on the court with my irons, and I knew that if I could somehow get it in the fairway, I felt like it was mine to win from the start. departure.

An emotional Smith was delighted to be crowned The Players champion in front of his family he hadn't seen in two years

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An emotional Smith was delighted to be crowned The Players champion in front of his family he hadn’t seen in two years

An emotional Smith was delighted to be crowned The Players champion in front of his family he hadn’t seen in two years

“I feel really comfortable on the greens here so I just needed to do it on the fairway, and if I could do it then I knew I had a red chance. I was able to do it. do a bit on the front nine at least and then it kind of got a bit wavy at the end.”

Smith not a fan of the 18th

Smith seemed on course for victory when a brilliant birdie on the 17th par three took him three shots ahead, only to bug the final hole and face an anxious wait to see if he had done enough to win the tournament.

“The 18 is a hole for me that doesn’t really suit me,” Smith added. “I like to work the ball left to right off the tee. That’s where I feel comfortable and I feel like I can’t hit that shot there. I don’t have just not quite figured out this hole.

Smith reacts after making what turned out to be the winning putt in the 18th

Smith reacts after making what turned out to be the winning putt in the 18th

“I thought the [second] the shot was actually going to come out pretty soft because it was among pine straw, and it actually came out very nice. I was trying to hit him probably 30 yards down.

“I just thought he was going to fall and roll down the fairway. Yeah, but it was just nice, and it was unfortunate, but he held on and had a great back and forth.”

Family celebrations for Smith

Smith was watched by his mother and sister, whom he had not seen for over two years due to Covid-19 restrictions, with the 28-year-old, who will now move up to world number 6, happy to celebrate victory in front of his family.

Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he scored a memorable win at The Players

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Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he scored a memorable win at The Players

Smith explained what it meant to him to have his family with him as he scored a memorable win at The Players

“It’s really cool to have them here. My main priority was really spending time with them and golf was second for those few weeks.

“They came last week, and golf has really taken a step back I guess. I hadn’t seen them in so long and all I wanted to do was hang out with them. It’s so cool to win for them.”

The Players: Cameron Smith says it was 'my time' as he wins at TPC Sawgrass | Golf News

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