Cameron Smith is way from glad.
The Australian golf star’s mom had screeched her excited approval to her son over a FaceTime name quickly after his runner-up end to Dustin Johnson on the 2020 Masters, however Smith appeared proper at her and mentioned, “Mum, I did not win.”
It wasn’t that Smith wasn’t pleased with his greatest main end, or of being the primary participant within the 84 editions of the storied championship to shoot 4 rounds within the 60s.
It was only a window into the psyche of the 27-year-old – profitable is what issues.
For greater than a decade Australian golf has been headlined by Smith’s fellow Queenslanders Adam Scott and Jason Day.
Each gained main championships and reached world No.1.
However because the Masters approaches this week it’s Smith that occupies Australia’s highest perch on this planet rankings at thirtieth.
He’s vying to be simply the second Australian behind Scott to win the Masters.
“I might somewhat have a inexperienced jacket and a 70,” Smith informed AAP when recounting his earlier Masters efforts.
“Look, it was fairly cool to submit that. However on the finish of the day I used to be right here to win and that is why I’m right here once more this yr. I am excited for the chance.
“I can not wait. This place brings out the very best in me and my recreation. I’ve as a lot pleasure as confidence. I wish to win right here; I feel I can win right here and it is a course that fits me.”
There are detractors on the market who level to the COVID-19 pandemic enforced November’s smooth circumstances as a cause Smith was in a position to play so nicely. A return to the standard April time in 2021 is ready to convey agency and quick circumstances.
Smith’s quick recreation was immense in November, however he believes the more durable it’s the extra it performs into his palms.
“Agency and quick is much more my model. It is the Australian approach of golf, actually,” he mentioned.
“I hope it stays like this. I am certain there are a couple of spots I hit it in November that I can not hit it to this yr however I really like being artistic across the greens.
“I really like with the ability to use stuff to get the ball shut be it slopes or wind. This place asks questions of your recreation and also you simply have to convey the correct solutions.”
Smith has a supporter in Scott, who had an eagle eye on his mate throughout a observe spherical at Augusta on Monday.
“We noticed the potential that he has right here simply 5 months in the past. Greater than something, together with the expertise and his maturity, he is bought that killer intuition in him when he is within the hunt,” Scott enthused.
“Though he was all the time trailing DJ, he by no means backed down. He did not give DJ a lot respiration area.
“DJ nonetheless needed to play an awesome spherical of golf Sunday. Cam is true up for the battle. It could be no shock if he is contending once more.
“And if it isn’t this yr, it’s going to be one other main this yr or subsequent yr he might come up and win for certain.”
If he does, then he’ll fortunately settle for his mum’s plaudits.