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Hungry Smith targets top 50

Cameron Smith with Jordan Ontiveros. Photo: Liam Kidston.
Cameron Smith with Jordan Ontiveros. Photo: Liam Kidston.

CAMERON Smith is confident he can force a spot in the world top 50 to book his second shot at the Masters at Augusta now he's solved the riddle of the Joe Kirkwood Cup.

Winning the Australian PGA at Royal Pines last Sunday is one thing, working out the capacity of the trophy during celebrations is the domain of champions.

"It's still sinking in ... you don't expect to see the trophy just sitting there on the kitchen table at home," Smith said.

"It holds seven XXXX Golds so we had a few quiet celebratory drinks out of it."

The victory catapulted him 25 positions to a career-best No.61 in the world which makes it 80 spots in all during his hot two-month run through Malaysia (5th), Korea (3rd), the Australian Open (4th) and the PGA.

"It'd be nice to get inside the top 50 for a Masters start in April," said Smith, who made his Masters debut last year.

"If I get off to a decent enough start with my two events in Hawaii next month plus the (US) west coast swing at two of my favourite courses at Torrey Pines and Riviera I should be able to tick that one off.

"That's been driving me the whole year because Augusta is the best place in the world."

Jordan Ontiveros showed her boyfriend how to hit a ball. Photo: Liam Kidston.
Jordan Ontiveros showed her boyfriend how to hit a ball. Photo: Liam Kidston.

Smith's shot-making was upstaged this week by Californian girlfriend Jordan Ontiveros who grabbed a nearest-the-pin prize for a pure seven iron to 2.74m on the par three 17th.

Smith was making an appearance at Keperra Country Club for a charity golf day to aid fundraising for the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation which is helping to back the fight of Jacob Senden, 13.

The son of 2006 Australian Open champion John Senden has undergone six rounds of chemotherapy plus radiation sessions to fight a brain tumour over the past nine months.

Senden has taken an indefinite break from the PGA Tour in the US to be by his son's side during treatment in Texas.

Rod Pampling, Peter Senior, Senden's coach Ian Triggs, Michael Sim and charity day teams winner Deyen Lawson and Michael Wright, who shot 65, were among the PGA professionals who participated in the event on Tuesday.

Topics:  augusta australian pga cameron smith golf joe kirkwood cup masters



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