GOLD COAST, Australia: Cameron Smith claimed the Australian PGA championship when he beat fellow Australian Jordan Zunic on the second play-off hole on Queensland’s Gold Coast on Sunday.
Smith and Zunic finished the tournament locked at 18 under par 270 on Royal Pines Resort course.Smith started the day three shots behind Zunic but fired his fourth consecutive sub-70 round with a four-under 68 to peg back the overnight leader.“I tried to stay aggressive all day,” Smith said.“With Jordan’s lead that he had, I thought that I had to stay aggressive. I knew he was playing well.”
The win was the second of his professional career and follows his success at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans alongside Sweden’s Jonas Blixt on the US PGA tour in May.Zunic was disappointed, particularly after his superb eight-under round of 64 on Saturday. But he could not find the same touch as he did on Saturday, his three birdies spoilt by bogeys on the first and 10th holes in a one-under round of 71.
Smith scrambled to save par on the first play-off hole then took advantage on the second when Zunic found a fairway bunker. When Zunic’s par-saving putt lipped out, Smith was left with a simple three-footer to win the title.Adam Bland finished one shot behind Smith and Zunic, three shots clear of Marc Leishman and David Bransdon.