AmericaIf it weren’t for the rolling phase of the 16th hole and the misreading of the putt near the 18th hole in the third round of Northern Trust on August 21, Cameron Smith would have reached 59 strokes – a rare achievement on the PGA Tour.

Smith is at T25 with a score of -5 after 36 Northern Trust holes. The penultimate leg on August 21, the Australian golfer went from hole 1, finished the penultimate round at 60 strokes, with 11 birdies in the no-bogey scoreboard, on Liberty National par71.

Cameron Smith's amazing round of golf

Cameron Smith’s amazing round of golf.

At hole 18, Smith got a birdie opportunity, 3.6 meters away. If put in, he becomes the 12th player to reach 59 strokes in PGA Tour history since 1968 – the independent year after 39 years of the Professional Golf Association of America (PGAA). But the Australian golfer only par because the putt missed the target.

“I guess the putt line was straight, near the end, turned slightly to the right, right in the direction of the bunker. The ball had enough power and rolling speed. But when I looked at it again, I was wrong. I don’t know why I read the green like that,” Smith said of late game lapse.

Before the unfortunate putt at the 18th hole, Smith got a score of -16 thanks to the birdie of the penultimate hole.

He would have reached that level if the eagle had holed 16 from the overslope, 4.8 meters away. But the putt hit the left rim of the goal so he only birdie – 10th on the scoreboard.

Despite not hitting the “dream achievement”, Smith, with 60 strokes, still set a new round record for Liberty National, and jumped 24 steps to T1 at -16 with Jon Rahm – the world’s number one golfer (OWGR table). . The old top 18 holes hosted the Northern Trust at 62 strokes. The past two days, the event recorded five players hitting this milestone.

Smith looks at the shot on the third hole in the second round of Northern Trust on August 20.  Photo: AP

Smith looks at the shot on the third hole in the second round of Northern Trust on August 20. Photo: AP

Smith was born in 1993, won three trophies on the PGA Tour over eight years professionally. At the end of last month, he attended Tokyo 2020 with a “modified mullet” hairstyle, finishing T10 at -14 through 72 holes on par71.

After the Olympics, Smith used only 18 putts for the whole second round of WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, thereby breaking the record for “least putt” in PGA Tour history. He is the 12th person named in the list of record holders in this statistic.

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