Smith defends Australian PGA Championship title at Royal Pines

Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has taken out the Australian PGA championship for the second consecutive year.

The 25-year-old defeated fellow Aussie Marc Leishman in a stunning Sunday shoot out at the Gold Coast’s RACV Royal Pines Resort.

Smith came from behind to win by two shots, finishing with a 16-under par total of 272.


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The victory meant Smith became the first player since Robert Allenby in 2001 to win back-to-back Australian PGA Championship titles and also landed him inside the top 30 in the world.

But that’s not enough for the young gun, who’s now itching for the next challenge.

“I would love to get into the top 20 by the end of next year, it’s definitely the next goal,” Smith told PGA Australia.

“That’s the next big step for myself, to get myself in there and get myself in a lot of situations where I can win golf tournaments.”

Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate congratulated Smith on his back-to-back victory and confirmed the City is interested in extending its contract with the PGA beyond 2020.

“The combination of the RACV Royal Pines, PGA Australia and City of Gold Coast is an unbelievable combination – a winning combination,” Mayor Tate said.

“The players love it, the people have voted with their feet – as far as I can see we’ll keep on playing here.”

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Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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