European Tour

Australian PGA Championship 2018

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

November 29 - December 02

RACV Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, Australia

A$1,500,000

Round 3

Smith goes back-to-back on Gold Coast

December 02, 2018

Cameron Smith held off the challenge of fellow home favourite Marc Leishman to successfully defend his title at the Australian PGA Championship.

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“It was a bit of a struggle today, but this makes it more worth it when you get it done."

The 25 year old came into the final day at RACV Royal Pines Resort with a three-shot lead but found himself two behind after nine holes as Leishman turned in 32 to move ahead. However, Smith came home in 33 to sign for a 70 and finish at 16 under, two shots clear of the World Number 21.

“I didn't really have the greatest start and, you know, the family and friends and everything were still behind me egging me on. Pinna (Sam Pinfold) is always positive no matter if we're two over through five or if we're eight under through five, he's still, "Let's keep going." He kept me in there today. He told me that if we got nine good looks at it from the back nine that we'll be fine. Just kept high hopes basically, which is good.!

“I wasn't really feeling nervous. Hit a bit of a crappy tee shot on one. Probably got a little bit unlucky to end up where it was, but that's golf. I've been pretty fortunate all week with kicks and bounces and stuff. To get one bad one like that, it's bound to happen."

“From there on basically I thought I hit really good shots. The wind direction was a little bit different today, which was a little bit mind boggling type thing. Just took it on the chin and tried to stay positive and that was it."

“Leish was a couple ahead at that point and I thought we need to make a big move. I hit a good shot just left of the green and put a bit of pressure on Leish and he still made birdie. I mean, that's just the type of player he is, he's just so good. I got to watch it all last week and again this week, so he's a pleasure to watch."

“I did feel for Leish. It's always hard going up against a mate and trying to win a golf tournament. I've been in this situation before and I've had it happen to me as well. It's a weird one, but I'm sure we'll have a beer over Christmas or when I see him next and we'll be back to being mates.”

Smith's second European Tour victory comes in just his 20th event and makes him the first player to successfully defend this title since Robert Allenby in 2001.

England's Ross McGowan broke the course record with a 63 to finish at 11 under alongside Australian Matthew Millar. McGowan birdied the third, fourth, fifth and eighth to turn in 32 and then made four birdies in a row from the tenth to get into double-figures. Another gain came on the 15th and he parred his way home for a place in the history books.

“Finishing last or near last on Friday, there's always a risk if you're around the cut mark you'll be off first in the morning on your own, which obviously happened," said McGowan. "Played nicely yesterday. Didn't quite get the score going, should have been a few better, and today had a couple of good bounces, and just hit the ball great."

“There's always a few missed opportunities, isn't there? I played lovely today. Didn't hit the greatest shot into nine, misjudged the wind there a little bit. Hit a great shot on 17 a yard short and it fell back down the hill. But when the wind's gusting, it's not very easy to control the ball. I was really happy with the way I played.”

Jake McLeod signed for a closing 74 to finish in a tie for 19th and that was good enough to secure the Australian the Order of Merit on the PGA Tour of Australasia and a European Tour card for the rest of the 2019 season. The Australian catapulted himself into contention in the season-long race with a first professional win at the NSW Open three weeks ago and he followed that up by finishing third at the Australian Open and securing a spot at The Open Championship in the process.

“That's where I've wanted to play for a couple years now, so it's nice to finally get there this way. I think I might take the rest of the year off, recharge the batteries, and looking forward to next year."

“Just straight up Europe at the moment. I've also got full status over in Asia, so I think they have a few co-sanctions over there and I'll try to maintain a card that way over there. The focus is solely on Europe, and I'm not too sure what I'll get into yet, but I heard the card's pretty good, so I'm looking forward to it.

South Korea's Jaewoong Eom finished at seven under, a shot clear of Australian trio Ben Eccles, Nick Flanagan and Jason Scrivener.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-16
70
65
67
70
272
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-14
68
68
69
69
274
T3
Matthew Millar
AUS
-11
72
70
67
68
277
T3
Ross McGowan
ENG
-11
71
73
70
63
277
5
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-7
67
74
70
70
281
T6
Ben Eccles
AUS
-6
70
71
69
72
282
T6
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
68
73
74
67
282
T6
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-6
69
73
69
71
282
T9
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
70
69
73
71
283
T9
Daniel Gale
AUS
-5
70
74
69
70
283
T9
Darren Beck
AUS
-5
73
71
69
70
283
T9
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-5
69
73
72
69
283
T9
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
74
68
70
71
283
T9
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
73
71
71
68
283
T9
Tom Murray
ENG
-5
69
73
71
70
283
T16
Christopher Wood
AUS
-4
71
66
76
71
284
T16
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
69
69
71
75
284
T16
Robert Allenby
AUS
-4
70
70
73
71
284
T19
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
72
69
71
73
285
T19
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
67
70
74
74
285
T19
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-3
70
72
73
70
285
T19
Jake McLeod
AUS
-3
66
70
75
74
285
T19
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
72
71
71
71
285
T19
Josh Geary
NZL
-3
72
71
73
69
285
T19
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-3
68
72
71
74
285
T19
Matt Jager
AUS
-3
66
71
73
75
285
T19
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-3
74
69
69
73
285
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
73
70
73
69
285
T19
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-3
72
70
70
73
285
T19
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
70
71
72
72
285
T19
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-3
69
74
72
70
285
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-2
69
75
70
72
286
T32
Peter Senior
AUS
-2
72
70
71
73
286
T34
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
72
71
75
69
287
T34
David McKenzie
AUS
-1
73
69
70
75
287
T34
Hugues Joannes
BEL
-1
72
72
72
71
287
T34
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-1
72
71
74
70
287
T34
Max McCardle
AUS
-1
76
68
73
70
287
T34
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
71
71
70
75
287
T40
Anthony Quayle
AUS
Par
70
69
75
74
288
T40
Blake Proverbs
AUS
Par
71
72
75
70
288
T40
Braden Becker
AUS
Par
70
73
67
78
288
T40
Daan Huizing
NED
Par
73
69
74
72
288
T40
Daniel Fox
AUS
Par
73
69
71
75
288
T40
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
69
70
78
71
288
T40
Harrison Endycott
AUS
Par
70
72
71
75
288
T40
Jordan Zunic
AUS
Par
70
72
74
72
288
T40
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
71
69
75
73
288
T40
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
69
74
73
72
288
T40
Rod Pampling
AUS
Par
74
69
71
74
288
T40
Zach Murray
AUS
Par
70
74
71
73
288
T52
Ashley Hall
AUS
1
70
74
74
71
289
T52
Craig Ross
SCO
1
71
72
70
76
289
T52
Damien Jordan
AUS
1
69
73
74
73
289
T52
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
69
75
69
76
289
T56
Alex Edge
AUS
2
73
70
73
74
290
T56
Alexander Knappe
GER
2
70
74
70
76
290
T56
Douglas Klein
AUS
2
68
74
72
76
290
T56
Michael Wright
AUS
2
72
70
76
72
290
T56
Simon Hawkes
AUS
2
70
73
72
75
290
T56
Steve Allan
AUS
2
70
73
77
70
290
T56
Tim Stewart
AUS
2
70
74
69
77
290
63
Jack Munro
AUS
3
73
71
74
73
291
T64
David Bransdon
AUS
4
71
68
77
76
292
T64
Frazer Droop
AUS
4
73
69
76
74
292
T64
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
72
72
74
74
292
67
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
5
73
69
75
76
293
T68
Mark Brown
NZL
8
71
73
78
74
296
T68
Paul Hayden
AUS
8
72
67
81
76
296
70
Peter Cooke
RSA
9
73
69
80
75
297
71
Jason Norris
AUS
11
70
74
81
74
299
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
70
75
-
-
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
75
70
-
-
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
70
75
-
-
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
69
76
-
-
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
76
69
-
-
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
71
74
-
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
73
72
-
-
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
69
76
-
-
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
72
73
-
-
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
68
78
-
-
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
69
77
-
-
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
70
76
-
-
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
70
76
-
-
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
75
71
-
-
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
74
72
-
-
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
72
74
-
-
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
71
75
-
-
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
73
73
-
-
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
75
72
-
-
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
77
70
-
-
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
74
73
-
-
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
73
74
-
-
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
74
74
-
-
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
70
78
-
-
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
76
72
-
-
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
71
77
-
-
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
75
73
-
-
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
73
75
-
-
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
73
76
-
-
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
72
77
-
-
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
71
78
-
-
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
80
69
-
-
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
76
73
-
-
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
75
74
-
-
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
72
78
-
-
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
75
75
-
-
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
77
73
-
-
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
78
72
-
-
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
75
76
-
-
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
78
73
-
-
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
74
77
-
-
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
75
77
-
-
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
76
76
-
-
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
73
79
-
-
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
77
75
-
-
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
74
78
-
-
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
74
78
-
-
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
77
76
-
-
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
80
73
-
-
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
76
77
-
-
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
77
77
-
-
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
76
78
-
-
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
74
80
-
-
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
80
75
-
-
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
80
77
-
-
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
84
84
-
-
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
82
-
-
-
82
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R4
Total
1
Cameron Smith
AUS
-16
70
272
2
Marc Leishman
AUS
-14
69
274
T3
Matthew Millar
AUS
-11
68
277
T3
Ross McGowan
ENG
-11
63
277
5
Jae-Woong Eom
KOR
-7
70
281
T6
Ben Eccles
AUS
-6
72
282
T6
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-6
67
282
T6
Nick Flanagan
AUS
-6
71
282
T9
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-5
71
283
T9
Daniel Gale
AUS
-5
70
283
T9
Darren Beck
AUS
-5
70
283
T9
Jarryd Felton
AUS
-5
69
283
T9
Nick Taylor
CAN
-5
71
283
T9
Sean Crocker
USA
-5
68
283
T9
Tom Murray
ENG
-5
70
283
T16
Christopher Wood
AUS
-4
71
284
T16
Harold Varner III
USA
-4
75
284
T16
Robert Allenby
AUS
-4
71
284
T19
Aaron Cockerill
CAN
-3
73
285
T19
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
-3
74
285
T19
Gareth Paddison
NZL
-3
70
285
T19
Jake McLeod
AUS
-3
74
285
T19
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-3
71
285
T19
Josh Geary
NZL
-3
69
285
T19
Mathew Goggin
AUS
-3
74
285
T19
Matt Jager
AUS
-3
75
285
T19
Matthew Stieger
AUS
-3
73
285
T19
Renato Paratore
ITA
-3
69
285
T19
Rhein Gibson
AUS
-3
73
285
T19
Sam Brazel
AUS
-3
72
285
T19
Terry Pilkadaris
AUS
-3
70
285
T32
James Morrison
ENG
-2
72
286
T32
Peter Senior
AUS
-2
73
286
T34
Austin Connelly
CAN
-1
69
287
T34
David McKenzie
AUS
-1
75
287
T34
Hugues Joannes
BEL
-1
71
287
T34
Matthew Griffin
AUS
-1
70
287
T34
Max McCardle
AUS
-1
70
287
T34
Troy Merritt
USA
-1
75
287
T40
Anthony Quayle
AUS
Par
74
288
T40
Blake Proverbs
AUS
Par
70
288
T40
Braden Becker
AUS
Par
78
288
T40
Daan Huizing
NED
Par
72
288
T40
Daniel Fox
AUS
Par
75
288
T40
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
71
288
T40
Harrison Endycott
AUS
Par
75
288
T40
Jordan Zunic
AUS
Par
72
288
T40
Oliver Farr
WAL
Par
73
288
T40
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
Par
72
288
T40
Rod Pampling
AUS
Par
74
288
T40
Zach Murray
AUS
Par
73
288
T52
Ashley Hall
AUS
1
71
289
T52
Craig Ross
SCO
1
76
289
T52
Damien Jordan
AUS
1
73
289
T52
Ryan Fox
NZL
1
76
289
T56
Alex Edge
AUS
2
74
290
T56
Alexander Knappe
GER
2
76
290
T56
Douglas Klein
AUS
2
76
290
T56
Michael Wright
AUS
2
72
290
T56
Simon Hawkes
AUS
2
75
290
T56
Steve Allan
AUS
2
70
290
T56
Tim Stewart
AUS
2
77
290
63
Jack Munro
AUS
3
73
291
T64
David Bransdon
AUS
4
76
292
T64
Frazer Droop
AUS
4
74
292
T64
Ryan Evans
ENG
4
74
292
67
Aaron Wilkin
AUS
5
76
293
T68
Mark Brown
NZL
8
74
296
T68
Paul Hayden
AUS
8
76
296
70
Peter Cooke
RSA
9
75
297
71
Jason Norris
AUS
11
74
299
CUT
Aaron Pike
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Aaron Townsend
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adam Bland
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adam Burdett
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Benjamin Clementson
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Cameron John
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Curtis Luck
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Deyen Lawson
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Gavin Green
MAS
1
-
145
CUT
Henric Sturehed
SWE
1
-
145
CUT
Jun-Seok Lee
KOR
1
-
145
CUT
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
-
145
CUT
Nathan Green
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Ruben Sondjaja
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Steven Jeffress
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Wade Ormsby
AUS
1
-
145
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
-
146
CUT
Aron Price
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Brad Moules
FIJ
2
-
146
CUT
Carl Yuan
CHN
2
-
146
CUT
Dale Williamson
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
David Smail
NZL
2
-
146
CUT
Duncan Stewart
SCO
2
-
146
CUT
Geoff Ogilvy
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
James Nitties
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Josh Younger
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Kieran Muir
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
2
-
146
CUT
Peter O'Malley
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Richard Green
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Ryan Lynch
AUS
2
-
146
CUT
Cameron Davis
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Greg Chalmers
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Jake Higginbottom
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
James Marchesani
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Jordan Mullaney
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Michael Hendry
NZL
3
-
147
CUT
Scott Laycock
AUS
3
-
147
CUT
Adam Blyth
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Daniel Nisbet
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Harry Ellis
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Kieran Pratt
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Mitchell A. Brown
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Paul Maddy
ENG
4
-
148
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
4
-
148
CUT
Ryan Chisnall
NZL
4
-
148
CUT
Sam Lee
FIJ
4
-
148
CUT
Scott Hend
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Taylor MacDonald
FIJ
4
-
148
CUT
Tim Hart
AUS
4
-
148
CUT
Zihao Chen
CHN
4
-
148
CUT
Anthony Marchesani
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Daniel Gavins
ENG
5
-
149
CUT
David Boote
WAL
5
-
149
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
SCO
5
-
149
CUT
Jack Senior
ENG
5
-
149
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Nick Cullen
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
Rick Kulacz
AUS
5
-
149
CUT
John Senden
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Matthew Lisk
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Matthew Perry
AUS
6
-
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
6
-
150
CUT
Chris Duke
AUS
7
-
151
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
NIR
7
-
151
CUT
Daniel Pearce
NZL
7
-
151
CUT
Brett Rankin
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Dale Brandt-Richards
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
David Cooke
USA
8
-
152
CUT
Jack Wilson
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Marco Iten
SWE
8
-
152
CUT
Rory Bourke
AUS
8
-
152
CUT
Adam Stephens
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Connor Syme
SCO
9
-
153
CUT
Marcus Fraser
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Matthew Guyatt
AUS
9
-
153
CUT
Campbell Rawson
NZL
10
-
154
CUT
Cory Crawford
AUS
10
-
154
CUT
George Twyman
ENG
10
-
154
CUT
James Anstiss
NZL
10
-
154
CUT
Peter Wilson
ENG
10
-
154
CUT
Robin Dawson
IRL
11
-
155
CUT
Clement Berardo
FRA
13
-
157
CUT
Antonio Murdaca
AUS
24
-
168
RET
Troy Moses
AUS
Par
-
82