CAMERON Smith may be the quietest achiever in Australian professional golf.
The Brisbane native is still only 23 but has done so much more at the same age than many of the nation’s higher-profile professionals.
His transition to the biggest tour in the game - the PGA Tour - has been swift since he turned pro in 2013.
In 2014, he finished fifth on the Asian Tour money list from just nine starts but his real breakthrough came at the 2015 US Open at one of the most controversial venues in recent major championship history - Chambers Bay.
Then 21-year-old Smith eagled the 72nd hole to finish T4th - an effort that opened many doors and would have gained more attention if the event hadn’t been won by Jordan Spieth, who is only three weeks his senior.
Smith's miraculous finish at Chambers Bay spurred him on to gain a PGA Tour card for the 2015-16 season but his first full year was a disappointment, featuring only three top-25s from 24 starts, and he failed to reach the FedEx Cup playoffs.
PROFILE: CAMERON SMITH
Smith was forced to bite the bullet and head for the Web.com Tour finals where he displayed major mental strength to finish fourth in the four-tournament series and reclaim his ticket to golf’s toughest tour.
The Queenslander’s playoff loss at the 2016 Australian Open to Jordan Spieth secured him a start in the only major’s he’s never played - The Open Championship.
Look for Smith’s unassuming manner to come to the fore in 2017.
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