|2022||Royal Queensland Golf Club||Cameron Smith|
2022: Cameron Smith
One of the big storylines coming into the 2022 Fortinet Australian PGA Championship was how well the LIV Golf players would compete back in open company. The biggest questions surrounded Cameron Smith who is, by some people’s estimation, the best golfer in the world, but came into the tournament in average form. The Open champion answered those questions emphatically with a three-stroke win in front of an adoring Brisbane crowd.
It wasn’t only outside detractors questioning Smith’s form ahead of the highly anticipated tournament. The man himself admitted that he was unsure whether he was playing well enough to beat a field of this strength. “I really didn’t think I had it in me at the start of the week,” Smith said after securing his win. “I was a bit scratchy and the game has got better and better as the week went on, other than the front nine today.”
Smith referenced the front nine of his final round because some poor golf opened the door to the chasing pack which included Ryo Hisatune of Japan and the Australian pair of Jason Scrivener and Min Woo Lee. Smith gathered himself impressively though to put the tournament to bed with a flourish late on.