Sizzling Smith braces himself for DREAM homecoming, dials up three-way lead going into final round at Aussie PGA Championship
Aussie gun golfer Cameron Smith played in a dream home three years in the making – leading the pack into the final round at the bottom of the PGA championship.
Smith enters day four at -11-under par, three shots ahead of Japanese player Masahiro Kawamura and Chinese golfer Yanwei Liu.
The 29-year-old was nearly flawless to start the first nine, but leaked oil on the turn and gave up a few shots to finish with a 68, two under on the tough Royal Queensland course.
Smith hits back with a jig as he wants to give him a putt on day two of the Aussie PGA Championship
Countryman Jason Scrivener struggled and fell out of the top five, hitting a plus three in what were blustering conditions.
The two-time tournament winner last played in Australia three years ago and won the Australian PGA in 2017 with a playoff victory.
Smith birdied the second and then chipped the par-three fourth to within a meter of the flag, while Scrivener couldn’t get up and went down after finding the bunker.
He then birdied the sixth and seventh to build a four-shot lead, Smith’s only trouble came at the ninth when a drive sliced wide of the canopy and led to a bogey.
Cam Smith plays approach at the 2019 Aussie Open at the Australian Golf Club in Sydney
Smith has enjoyed multiple successes in Australia – winning the 2017 Aussie PGA Championship
Fellow US PGA player Min Woo Lee was in the hunt on Sunday, carding a 67 to finish four shots off the lead.
Entering the weekend on the one-over par cut line, US PGA Tour winner and President’s Cup representative Cameron Davis (65) birdied his second hole and moved to four under.
If Smith wins, it will break the seal of a promising Aussie summer and mark his name as a true down under champion.
The Jacksonville Florida resident hit a wayward drive all day, where he had to play scramble golf to escape with a bogey on the par five ninth hole.
Smith plays a spinning bunker shot on the ninth hole on day three of the Australian PGA Championship
The 2022 Open champion turned pro in 2013 and suffered a crushing loss to US golfer Jordan Spieth at the 2016 Aussie Open.
Smith will have to fight the odds from his previous wins where he was labeled the underdog.
First prize will net the cashed-up Queenslander $340,000, which is a fraction by LIV golf standards.