Smith insists driver woes are FedEx motivation
Cameron Smith says he could not be more motivated as he eyes up FedEx Cup playoff riches, but knows he needs to sort out his driving after a second costly meltdown in a few weeks.
The Australian heads to the BMW Championship – the penultimate FedEx Cup event – in third place in the standings and a 23.00 shot to make up for his agonising near-miss last week by winning in Maryland.
Driving errors costly
Smith is convinced that but for a misfiring driver, he'd be top of the standings going into the final two events of the PGA Tour campaign.
The 28-year-old Queenslander had stormed into the lead going into the final round of last week's Northern Trust Open following a sensational third-round 60.
It's always been kind of a weakness of my game.Cameron Smith
But after a day off because of a weather threat, Smith returned on Monday with driver woes, pulling one tee shot 40 yards left into water at the sixth and then slicing another out of bounds at the first playoff hole.
That mishap effectively handed Tony Finau victory and top spot in the FedEx Cup rankings.
And that would have brought back painful memories for Smith, who also drove into the trees while leading up the final hole at the WGC-FedEx St Jude Invitational two weeks ago, allowing Abraham Ancer to win a three-man playoff.
"The last couple of weeks especially, I've been very frustrated with my driver. It's always been kind of a weakness of my game. It's cost me a few runs at tournaments this year," Smith told The West Australian.
"But it's just added motivation. Motivation to try and sort this thing out."