Australian golf player Cameron Smith earned the trophy by winning The Players Championship golf tournament held at Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla on 14th March 2022.
Smith scored eight out of nine (last holes) holes with his flawless stroke. Then, he delivered one of the best plucky shots of his career for the cushion that dragged him to the win.
Cameron split the differences by leading 2 on the par-3 17th hole, 135 yards to the hole on an island green in the 12 feet distance of the flag that was separated from the water.
On the contrary, the ball was ended up with a 4 feet distance. This created a record for Cameron where he made the 10th birdie of the round considered as a record-tying.
As we know the match was against Indian player Anirban Lahiri. Before that, the match almost went uncertain for bad weather over 5 days consecutively. 60-yard wedge spun next to the 3 feet hole for a bogey and a 6-under 66 take him closer to the victory. Lahiri was very close with point 69.
At the final round of the match, he birdied the 17th with a 1-shot lead. He was then in need of one more shot lead for playing off. However, he was not that form actually.
Smith has picked up $ 3.6 million from the worth $ 20 million which is considered the highest as well as the richest in a golf tournament. He got promoted from 10th to 6th position in the world ranking.
Cameron Smith won twice this year by finishing at 13 under 275. Also the 5th time in his PGA Tour career. He said: “It’s really cool to have them here,” “My main priority was to hang out with them. Golf was second. It’s nice to see them and nice to get a win for them.” “(Putting) was obviously the big key today. I made plenty of birdies and good par putts. It’s definitely the strength of my game.”
The reason for Anirban Lahiri’s losing:
Anirban Lahiri did the biggest mistake by shooting a tee shot into a palmetto bush on the par-3 eighth that took him a drop near the concession area and causes led to double bogey.
Though Anirban Lahiri ave took $2.18 million out of $ 20 million of the PGA Tour’s flagship event which is considered double of any of the Majors.
Lahiri was seen to be led by a shot going at the final round and had a double-bogey on the eighth hole that proved the difference. He suddenly chooses to get back into contention at the final stretch.
Lahiri couldn’t be able to manage the situation of two consecutive birdies,s especially the final hole birdie. The genial and long barren stretch made Lahiri so excited and desperate at the same time. However, he was not at his best all the match along. Some ups and downs were got to seen and he couldn’t cherish the moment of holding the trophy. But so was Smith did.