Smith’s coach heads home happy with Wyndham result

(Greensboro, NC:) Grant Field was heading home to Queensland confident ultra-talented Cameron Smith is back on track heading into this week’s FedExCup Playoff Series.

Prior to Field’s arrival into Greensboro, North Carolina last Monday Smith had missed five of six PGA Tour events since he combined with Swede Jonas Blixt to win the Zurich Classic.

Cameron Smith Cameron Smith (Credit: www.golffile.ie)

Thanks to his work with Field, Smith displayed the form that took him to victory in New Orleans producing rounds of 63, 69, 70 and 63 to share seventh place in the Wyndham Championship.

Smith commenced his final round in dramatic style holing his second shot for an eagle ‘2’ at the first and while he bogeyed the second, he then landed his second shot at the par five, 5th hole to just six-feet and holed the eagle ‘3’ putt.

Birdies followed at the 8th, 13th, 15th and the 17th hole and much to the delight of Field who was watching on from behind the ropes in the $US5.8m event.

And in the process of securing his fifth top-10 of the season, Smith jumped five spots from 45th to 40th on the FedExCup standings.

“Cameron played really well and to finish with a 63 was very pleasing”, said Field.

“He was a little unfortunate on Friday and Saturday as I feel he played good all week and then to finish with a 63 that could have been easily a 62 or lower as he hit the edge of the cup on about three or four occasions today.”

“I came over here on Monday and we worked on the things that we have always done, and that was to get Cameron back to playing like we know Cameron can play.”

“He has not been quite as aggressive with his play as he was near the start of the season, so we worked on that along with a number of other little things in his game.”

“So there was no alarm bells ringing and we just got Cameron working on those things he does well.”

Field’s visit to Greensboro was his third journey to the US this year for the Pelican Waters-based coach.

And just as delighted with his efforts was Smith who not only heads to his first FedExCup Play-Off Series but has jumped-up 13 places and back to World No. 157.

“It is a great last round to take into my first Play-Off Series,” said Smith.

“I am very pleased with what I managed to achieve this week and having Grant here this week has seen me advance a long way from where I was last week.”

“I felt also I could have shot 63 or lower for the four days but then things didn’t all go my way on Friday and Saturday.”