Here it is…Cameron Smith is your main man this year in the Australian PGA Championship for the third time (2017, 2018 & 2022) after an stellar Day 4 shift of three under 68, even though there were two rain delays in between throughout today at the RQGC in Brisbane.
Love the way how Cam responded after that bogey on the Par 3 11 when he executed his 2nd out of nowhere that led into a birdie on the Par 4 12th – before he made a few more including a consecutive birdie on the 13th – and kept himself at bay right until the very end in which was enough to take home the Joe Kirkwood Cup.
Then we go a bit further down the leaderboard where Jason Scrivener was back in the hunt at one point earlier today, but then his unfortunate hit & misses on the Par 3 17th when he was a shot away from Smith beforehand on the tee at ultimately saw him settle for 2nd best at four under 67. The same goes with Min-Woo Lee who just couldn’t find something special on the back nine after a good start with back-to-back birdies, as Min-Woo finished in Tied 4th alongside John Parry (England).
Looking further on Parry, he started Day 4 on Tied 20th before he made a huge turnaround, especially when he wrapped things up well on the back nine that saw him left the RQGC by only five shots behind Smith at six under 65 today.
It’s also good to see a trio of Japanese competitors finish within the Top 10-11 mark. Although Masahiro Kawamura slipped away from the Top 3 thanks to his struggles on the back nine that eaten up more shots at of over one 72, but he‘s not a bad player nonetheless when he was a decent threat back on Day 2 & 3. We also covered briefly about another two players to watch from Tied 11th in Ryo Hisatune & Takumi Kanaya; they too ended up on a high with Ryo as joint runner-up alongside Scrivener, as well as Kanaya who capped off a consistent weekend run of 69 strokes in Tied 7th.
And shoutout to the ever-consistent David Micheluzzi who stayed in the Top 10 all along from around 8-10th to 6th; he’s now ready to do some damage at the Australian Open in a few days time at Kingston Heath in Cheltenham, Victoria.