Golf: Golf-Easygoing Smith taking pressure in his stride in bid for maiden major

TULSA, Oklahoma (Reuters) – Australian Cameron Smith mentioned consistency shall be his key on the PGA Championship in Tulsa this week as he renews his bid for a maiden major title at Southern Hills Country Club.

The 28-year-old secured the most important win of his profession earlier this 12 months on the Players Championship however got here up brief on the Masters final month, when a triple-bogey at Golden Bell in the ultimate spherical shattered his possibilities.

Five weeks on from that have, he was raring to go once more.

“I do not like to show up earlier and do some extra prep. I like to think about each week the identical. I do the identical preparation,” mentioned Smith, who additionally received at Sentry Tournament of Champions earlier this 12 months.

“Play 18, 27 holes, actually work out the firmness and the pace of the greens after which from there, simply actually work on some photographs on the vary that I’ll have picked up right here and there.”

But that doesn’t imply he is taking the competitors in Tulsa for granted.

Despite 4 top-10 finishes at Augusta, Smith has solely as soon as cracked the highest 25 on the PGA Championship. He mentioned he spent the final week engaged on his driver for what he expects to be windy situations.

“The PGA might be the one which I’ve struggled with probably the most. It’s sometimes arrange, very demanding off the tee. I do not assume that is actually been my robust swimsuit out right here ever,” mentioned the world quantity 4.

“A number of work the final week on the motive force. Trying to get it straight somewhat than attempting to get a bit of bit extra distance out of it.”

A “refresh” for two weeks that included time with his coach and psychologist at house served him effectively, as will the corporate of Norwegian Viktor Hovland in his pairing when the match kicks off on Thursday.

“I do know Hovi fairly effectively and we at all times have fun. Shay, his caddie, is an Aussie, as effectively,” he mentioned. “Always good having a pair extra Aussies in the group.”

(Reporting by Amy Tennery in New York, enhancing by Pritha Sarkar)

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