• Smith determined ahead of title defence

    Cameron Smith
    Cameron Smith

    Defending champion Cameron Smith is looking forward to another solid week of golf at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii.

    The Australian won a second PGA Tour title in Honolulu last year when he beat Brendan Steele in a tight playoff.

    It set the tone for a successful run of finishes throughout 2020 for Smith, most notably his T2 at last year’s Masters.

    Smith told reporters in the lead-up to Thursday’s start that everything just clicked for him at the Sony Open last time around.

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    ‘The weather was a bit dicey last year, so it was one of those weeks where I think it could go either way for some people, and just managed to hang in there and yeah, Sunday afternoon, had a really good chance of winning and took advantage of it,’ he said.

    Without being overconfident, Smith also appears to be quite happy with where his game is currently at, admitting he tries to keep things as simple and consistent as possible.

    ‘It’s just been really solid. Nothing has kind of stuck out, I guess, as being really good. I’ve putted really well. I feel as though if I can get my longer stuff, and especially my irons into a good spot, I’ll be able to compete every week.

    ‘Just working on that with the coach. I mean, not trying to overdo it. Just little steps. Hopefully it all falls into place very soon.’

    Smith will tee off alongside Mexico’s Carlos Ortiz and South Korea’s Sungjae Im in what promises to be quite an exciting pair featuring three very talented young players on Tour.

    ‘I’m looking forward to Thursday. I feel as though I’ve come off a pretty solid week last week. Felt as though I played better than what my score resulted in.

    ‘So, looking forward to the week. I love the place. I love the golf course. Hopefully give it a good defend.’

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