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Cameron Smith claimed his second Australian PGA Championship after holding off close friend Marc Leishman by two strokes. Admitting it was “weird” after competing in the World Cup of Golf last week in Victoria as a team and now to deny Leishman a home title but Smith dedicated his win to another close friend Jason Young who is battling brain tumour.
Smith started the day 3 shots clear of Leishman but quickly gave it all back with two early bogeys. He rallied late in his round to gain the momentum back to claim his second consecutive Australian PGA Championship
Having won his breakthrough individual title last year Smith was hoping to carry that form onto the US PGA Tour but failed to claim a victory although at time he came very close.
“One of my goals that I didn't tick off this year was missing out on that win over there,” Smith said of a PGA Tour season that boasted four top-five finishes and three more top-10 finishes.
“I still played great over there. I put myself in position to win and didn't quite pull it off a couple times, and that's just going to happen when you’re competing against the best guys in the world.
“So it's definitely a huge confidence boost for me. I went over to the West Coast and started off the year really strong and I'm sure I'll do the same thing this year.”
After this win, Smith should move into the top 30 world rankings but has his sights ever higher.
“I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it's definitely the next goal,” Smith said.
“That's the next big step for myself, to get myself in there and get myself in a lot of situations where I can win golf tournaments.
“That's what I want to do.”
“I've put in a lot of hard work and I've just stuck to my kind of process and goals,” said Smith.
“Stuff I have to do during the week, sticking to a schedule in my off weeks, which is something that I never did.
“All that stuff, and then getting stronger in the gym. I'm hitting the ball probably 10 metres further off the tee this year and it's just allowed me to be a little bit more aggressive into the greens.
“It's paid off. I haven't really done anything different, I've just done everything that I do better.”