Queensland golfer Cameron Smith has confirmed he will be out to defend his title in the Australian PGA Championship at Royal Pines next month.
Smith said he is looking forward to defending his first title after the dream win back in 2017.
“It was always one of my goals to win one of the big Australian tournaments, now the next goal is to obviously defend it and win back-to-back Australian PGA Championship titles,” said Smith.
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“If my card on the PGA TOUR is secured then I’m always really keen to come back and play in Australia but it’s pretty special to come back and defend a professional title on my own for the first time in my career.”
It will be a big summer for Smith, who also confirmed he will play in the Australian Open at The Lakes Golf Club from 15-18 November before representing Australia at the World Cup of Golf at Metropolitan Golf Club from 21-25 November.
“I would also love nothing more than to win my national Open and record a win for Team Australia so hopefully I can finish the year on a high note.”
It’s been a big year for Smith after finishing 5th at The Masters and in the top-10 four more times, including consecutive 3rd place results in The Northern
Trust and Dell Technologies FedEx Cup Playoff events.
That led to a 12th place finish in the wealthy FedEx Cup rankings, making him the top performing Australian on the PGA TOUR this year.
“I’ve had a great season so far so I’m really looking forward to celebrating in Australia with family, friends and all the fans that have been great to me over the last 12 months.”
Gavin Kirkman, CEO of the PGA of Australia which owns the ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia said he, along with all golf fans, looks forward to welcoming Smith home.
“We’re delighted Cameron will be defending his Australian PGA Championship title and that he will be competing in three events on ISPS HANDA PGA Tour of Australasia schedule this summer,” said Kirkman.
“Cameron represents the future of Australian golf and his popularity amongst Aussie fans will be on full display when crowds come out to watch him in Sydney, Melbourne and the Gold Coast.”
Golf Australia chief executive Stephen Pitt echoed the enthusiasm.
“Cam has really turned heads in the US in the past couple of years and we’re delighted that he’s getting that recognition at home and that he’s taking his brilliant game to as many people as possible around Australia in November and December,” Pitt said.