After His Hillarious April Fools Day Prank, Smith Gets Serious In Becoming Second Aussie To Win The Masters

After clearly teasing fans with a clever April Fools Day prank, Cam Smith is serious as he looks to become the only the second Aussie to be fitted with an Augusta National members green jacket.

The recently-married Smith will be heading to an eighth Masters since making his debut in 2016 and three years after Adam Scott brought the Australian nation to a then local time Monday morning standstill when he beat former champ Angel Cabrera in a play-off.

Smith, 3o, has proven he has the game to win at Augusta National in finishing T5th in 2018, runner-up to Dustin Johnson in 2020 and sharing third place to Scottie Scheffler in 2022, and then later that year the Aussie brilliantly stamped his major championship credentials in becoming the first LIV golfer to win The Open at the 150th hosting of golf’s oldest major at St. Andrews.

Now with a week to the 88th hosting of The Masters and the also triple LIV Golf champion has to be among the favourites to succeed at Augusta National.

And with confirmation post noon on April 1st that he did not have his ‘mullet’ cut, Smith is excited at thoughts of winning a second major championship at golf’s ‘Cathedral In The Pines’.

“It’d be unreal”, said Smith when asked what would it be like to win The Masters.

“The Open at St Andrews is pretty special, so to double it up with a green jacket would just really be unbelievable.

“I grew up watching The Masters and didn’t miss a shot there from about, I reckon I was five or six years old, all the way through to before I turned pro.

“Yeah, it’s just such a cool place and to have the opportunity to do it in my eighth time there, I desperately want to get it and it’d be awesome if I did.”

Smith will tee-up later this week in the LIV Miami however looking to find the form that’s earned him a dozen tour titles since turning pro in 2013, and the year Scott became the first and still only Aussie to win at Augusta National

The Jacksonville-based Smith’s best finish this year came in Hong Kong when he and England’s Paul Casey finised tied second after they lost out in a playoff to former Australian Open champ Abraham Ancer.

“Last year we only got to play three events before the Masters while this week here in Miami will be our fifth event this week before the Masters,” said Smith.

“So it’s a little bit more tournament time just being competitive. It will help a lot in itself, but also just obviously picking the clubs up a little bit earlier.

“There was a few things that needed to change and LIV changed it, so it’s been great for us.”

He continued: “As soon as the New Year begins, as soon as you pick the clubs back up, kind of after Christmas, you’re straight into it and you’re definitely thinking about Augusta.

“As well, the last three weeks I’ve been trying to get out on the course a little bit more and really focus on some kind of shot, shaping and controlling flight, which I think is pretty crucial for playing good around there.”

Cameron Smith Masters record:

2016: T-55

2018: T-5

2019: T-51

2020: T-2

2021: T-10

2022: T-3

2023: T-34

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