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Monday, December 4, 2017

The Limerick Summary: 2017 Australian PGA

Winner: Cameron Smith

Around the wider world of golf: Rickie Fowler started with seven straight birdies and finished with a four-stroke victory at the Hero World Challenge; Dylan Frittelli won the ET's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open in a playoff; Yusaku Miyazato won the Golf Nippon Series JT Cup on the Japan Golf Tour; Bowen Xiao won the KG S&H CITY Asian Golf Championship on the Asian Tour; the JLPGA team beat the KLPGA team to win The Queens presented by Kowa on the LET; and Brady Schnell won the Shell Championship on the PGA TOUR Latinoamérica.

Cameron Smith with Australian PGA trophy

V is for victory. And Down Under, it's the season for victories by players named Cameron.

Last week Cameron Davis won the Emirates Australian Open. This week it was Cameron Smith at the Australian PGA Championship.

Ironically, as with last week's victor, Cameron Smith may not be very familiar to my American readers. But he is a winner on the PGA Tour -- he and Jonas Blixt won the 2017 Zurich Classic of New Orleans, the newly revamped team competition. And just as the two ran down the leaders at that event, Smith made up a three-shot deficit to leader Jordan Zunic, and then won the biggest event of his young career on the second playoff hole.

He did it alone this time... and not just because it was an individual event. Blixt missed the cut and watched his friend win from the gallery. As did Smith's parents, who weren't able to see the Zurich victory in person.

Smith can now have membership on three tours -- the PGA Tour, the European Tour (which co-sponsors this event) and the Australasian Tour. He hasn't taken up the ET membership yet, but we here in the US will get more familiar with him in 2018.

In the meantime, Mr. Smith picks up his second Limerick Summary in less than a year... and he doesn't have to share it with anybody!
Mr. Smith went to Queensland alone
In the hopes he could win one at home
For his parents to see
Since his US team V
Was too far for his folks to have flown.
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