Cameron Smith classy moment after golf meltdown ‘speaks volumes’, Scottie Scheffler, video, highlights

Lost amid the drama of the final round at Augusta was yet another moment of Australian class shining through on golf’s biggest stage.

Even during Cameron Smith’s most “frustrating” round of his career, the Australian had the presence of mind to allow his playing partner, Scottie Scheffler, to have his time in the sun.

With Smith’s hopes of pulling on the green jacket dashed by one errant tee shot into Rae’s Creek, the 28-year-old put his feelings of disappointment to the side.

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With the packed gallery swarming the 18th hole, Smith stood back and gave Scheffler, the 25-year-old world No.1, the green after playing his second shot approach.

It was perfect timing from golf’s most understated character, as the sun started to set and lit up Scheffler’s cheeks.

“I really hope this doesn’t get lost in the melee but Cam Smith showed total class by hanging back and letting Scheffler take the acclaim on the walk to the 18th green,” sports writer Michael McEwan tweeted

“To have that presence of mind and benignity when he would have been hurting speaks volumes for him.”

The low-key moment came almost a decade after Marc Leishman’s subtle fist-pump, as the Australian too managed to put his disappointment aside to share in compatriot Adam Scott’s delight at winning the 2013 Masters.

Scheffler ultimately would four-putt the hole, but the Ryder Cup star would still claim his first major by three strokes.

Smith, on the other hand, was left to rue his errant tee shot on 12, as the Players Championship winner found the water on the par-three.

He walked off the 12th with a triple bogey, thereby ending his hopes of claiming his first major as the Australian secured his second podium finish at Augusta.

“Just a poor shot on 12 and then there’s the tournament,” Smith reflected on his defining shot of the round.

“It was just a really bad swing. Probably one of the worst swings of the week at the worst time of the week. It’s just unfortunate, but I’ll grow from this and be stronger for it.”

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Despite his final round disappointment, which saw Smith finish tied-third alongside Shane Lowry on five-under and two shots back from Rory McIlroy, Smith remained confident he would one day pull on the green jacket and said he felt at home at the Masters.

“I feel like I’ve played some of my best golf around here,” Smith said.

“It just hasn’t quite been my time yet. A couple of lucky breaks here and there, and I’ll be putting the green jacket on, I’m sure one day.

“I feel really comfortable around this place. I feel like it’s a place that really suits my game. I look forward to coming back here every year and playing good golf.”


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