BRISBANE, Australia –
British Open champion Cameron Smith has received his third Australian PGA Championship by three pictures after a day of untamed climate stopped play twice at Royal Queensland Golf Club on Sunday.
The world No. 3 shot a 3-under 68 to complete at 14-under par, three strokes away from equal second-place Ryo Hisatsune (65) and Jason Scrivener (67), who had moved up the leaderboard Sunday to briefly share the lead and threaten Smith’s try for his fifth title this 12 months.
Play was suspended twice for a complete of two hours when electrical storms swept by means of Brisbane, sending gamers and about 10,000 followers trying to find cowl.
“You sort of get the mojo and for it to be stopped not as soon as, however twice, is a bit bit irritating,” Smith stated. “But I held on to it and performed stable on the final eight holes.”
When play resumed for the second time Smith, enjoying in Australia for the primary time in three years, made bogey on the eleventh to fall again stage with Scrivener and Hisatsune, however he responded with a birdie on the twelfth to regain the outright lead.
Further birdies on the thirteenth and sixteenth sealed Smith’s third Australian PGA after claiming the 2017 and 2018 titles at Royal Pines on Queensland state’s Gold Coast.
Scrivener’s cost stumbled with a double bogey on the seventeenth after his lengthy birdie putt rolled off the inexperienced and into the again nook of a bunker. A birdie on the 18th lifted him right into a tie for second place with Hisatsune, who earlier within the spherical had holed out from the green for eagle on the par-4 second.
Marc Leishman shot 67 and completed at 6-under in a tie for twelfth place and Adam Scott had a 68 and was at -4 and 10 behind Smith.
Smith, together with Scott and Leishman are amongst those that will play two weeks in a row in Australia. Next week they’re scheduled to play within the historic Australian Open when the boys’s and ladies’s championships might be determined on the identical time.
The women and men will play in alternate teams at two programs — Victoria and Kingston Heath — over the primary two days, with Victoria Golf Club set to host the ultimate two rounds.