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Cameron Smith Player Profile And What's In The Bag

By: | Tue 20 Sep 2022

Article Updated in August 2023

CAMERON SMITH continued his fine form as he romped away from the field to win the LIV Golf Bedminster event by seven strokes, his second success in little over a month.

Last month in London, Smith won the individual title, but his Ripper GC team came up one stroke short of forcing a playoff. A missed par putt on the final hole left Smith and his team with mixed feelings.

But the Australian quartet made no mistake at Bedminster, with Smith running away with the individual trophy and young Jediah Morgan having the most impressive round of his LIV career, as the Rippers won their first-ever team title by 11 strokes, the biggest team margin of victory this season.

Cam Smith

Image Credit: (LIV Golf/CTrotman)

Starting the day with a four-shot lead, Smith overcame a shaky start and pulled away with a stretch of four birdies in five holes midway through his round. His 3-under 68 left him at 12 under as he won by seven strokes over Crusher GC’s Anirban Lahiri. Abraham Ancer, Patrick Reed and Dean Burmester tied for third at 4 under, with Ancer claiming the third-place points finish with the better final round.

“I won a couple of weeks ago in London, and I wasn’t happy with the way that I won,” Smith said. “… I didn’t want the same thing to happen today.”

Smith’s individual winning margin is the largest in LIV Golf history, besting the six-stroke victory by Bryson DeChambeau last week at Greenbrier. It also moved Smith into first place in the Individual Champion points standings. With two regular-season events left, Smith now has a 21-point lead over three-time winner Talor Gooch as he seeks the season-long title.

“It's something that I've worked for, something that was a goal of mine at the start of the year was to be up there with at least a chance for the last event,” Smith said, who won for the third time in 15 regular-season LIV starts dating back to last season.

While Smith has done plenty of celebrating since joining LIV Golf, his Ripper teammates were happy to join him atop the podium on Sunday for the first time.

“Just the satisfaction of being able to celebrate a win with some of your best mates in the world,” said Marc Leishman. “… We got close in London as a team, but it was a weird feeling on the 18th green.

“For us to pull ahead as a team and be able to celebrate on that 18th green an individual victory, a team victory, eight happy blokes ­– caddies, teams, everything ­– it was more than that. That's what LIV Golf is all about, that team side of it, and just celebrating together.”

Player Profile

Smith was born in Brisbane on August 18, 1993. He has won six times on the PGA Tour, with three of those victories coming in 2022, three times on the DP World Tour and twice on the PGA Tour of Australasia.

He won the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews.

He turned professional in 2013 and first made his mark in America when he finished in a tie for 15th at the RBC Heritage, playing on a sponsor’s invite. In 2015 he earned his PGA Tour card but lost it after just one season but regained it for the 2017 season. That year he teamed up with Jonas Blixt to win the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and finished the season inside the top 50 in the FedEx Cup standings. He ended the year by winning the Australian PGA Championship and successfully defended his title 12 months later.

He won the Sony Open in 2020 and finished runner-up at The Masters. In April 2021 he won the Zurich Classic for the second time, in partnership with fellow Aussie Marc Leishman.

He averages 300 yards from the tee and hits 59.8% of fairways. Smith hits 68.11% of greens in regulation and averages 4.76 birdies per round - nobody hits more. He averages just 28.07 putts per round.

Smith has no standing on the PGA Tour. He finished 2022 in third place in the world rankings but has now fallen to eight as no ranking points are awarded for LIV Golf victories.

What's In Cameron Smith's Bag?

Driver: Titleist TSR2 (10 Degrees @ 10.75 degrees, D4)

3-Wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 Degrees @ 15.75 degrees, D4)

Irons: Mizuno Pro Hi-Fli (3, 3), Titleist T100 Black (5-9)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM9 Jet Black (46-10F, 52-08F, 56-08M), Titleist WedgeWorks Proto Jet Black (60-T)

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M Prototype

Grip: Scotty Cameron

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Super Tack

LIV Golf Bedminster Round 3 Stat Leaders

Driving distance – Dean Burmester, 321.6-yard average

Longest drive – Joaquin Niemann, 329.5 yards (15th hole)

Driving accuracy – Abraham Ancer, Charles Howell III, Richard Bland, Sergio Garcia, 86% (12 of 14)

Greens in regulation – Charles Howell III, Richard Bland, Brendan Steele, 83% (15 of 18)

Scrambling – Anirban Lahiri, 100% (6 of 6)

Fewest putts – David Puig, 25 putts

Most birdies – Cameron Smith, Branden Grace, James Piot, Sergio Garcia, 5

Bogey-free rounds – None

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