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Australian golfer Cameron Smith’s Masters dream was shattered into pieces after one costly error.
The tournament title was taken out by world number one Scottie Scheffler, who finished the final 18 holes at 10-under overall and three shots clear of second-placed Rory McIllroy.
Smith was in hot form throughout the day and at one stage was set to really put the pressure on Scheffler for the title at Augusta.
The Australian had an early surge and sunk two birdies in the first two holes, and later hit a birdie at the 11th hole to close the gap on Scheffler to three strokes.
However, that’s as close as it got for Smith as he crumbled on the infamous par-3 12th hole, with his implosion on display for everyone to see.
His disastrous swing sent the ball straight into the water and resulted in a triple-bogey, which essentially ended his tournament hopes.
He would later call it "probably my worst swing of the week at the worst time of the week".
Smith went on to lament his mistake, with his hopes of winning Australia’s second green jacket ruined.
He said: “I got off to a really good start … but two bogeys to follow that really slowed me down and a poor shot on 12 and there was the tournament.
“It’s just unfortunate, but you know, I’ll grow from this and be stronger for it.”
Despite the heartbreaking finish, Smith remained positive about his display during the tournament, and his chances at future competitions.
He said: “I feel like I’ve played some of my best golf around here. It just hasn’t quite been my time yet. A couple of lucky breaks here and there, and I’ll be putting the green jacket on, I’m sure one day.
“I feel really comfortable around this place. I feel like it’s a place that really suits my game. I look forward to coming back here every year and playing good golf.”
You’d have to feel for Cameron Smith you can literally see his head gone after that triple bogey golf is such a head game #themasters— Mark Smyth (@psychpolis) April 10, 2022
Smith would go on to hit a bogey on the 14th as it seemed he was losing his cool, but in pro-fashion, he recovered with birdies on the 15th and 16th holes.
He tied for third with Shane Lowry and finished the tournament at five-under - making for his third top-ten finish at the Masters.
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