Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Smith a Real Chance

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Smith a Real Chance

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GOLF: Australia's Cameron Smith says his second trip to the Masters pales in comparison to his 2016 debut.

As a skinny 22-year-old at the time, he gave himself a pass mark for handling the nerves and making the cut en route to finishing in a tie for 55th.

But the Queenslander has emerged as a surprise contender at Augusta this week, having fought his way into the 87-man field via the final world rankings cut-off.

Smith needed to remain inside the world's top 50 at his last start, the World Golf Championships-Match Play, and he rose to the occasion.

The 24-year-old beat big guns Hideki Matsuyama and Patrick Cantlay in his group matches before downing in-form Englishman Tyrrell Hatton to advance to the semi-finals.

Rising to world No.44, Smith said he is confident of giving the Masters a shake-up. "It doesn't feel as daunting, your second time around here," he said. "Obviously it's the Masters but it feels like any other golf tournament, which is important to performing well. …

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