Taylor wins, Smith misses cut at Sanderson Farms

Aussie golfer Cameron Smith took another step in the right direction on the weekend in competing on the PGA Tour at the Sanderson Farms championship in Jackson.

Smith had gained a start following a top-5 finish the week earlier at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, which was a co-sanctioned PGA Tour event.

Smith, 21, the 2013 Australian amateur champion who is beginning his professional career in Asia, earned more than $250,000 Sunday a week ago in Malaysia by closing with a 68 to receive the invitation to play in his second PGA Tour event and took to the challenge with gusto despite having less than perfect preparation in Jackson, arriving in the US just a few days before the event started.

Rounds of 72-73 had Smith just missing the cut by two with two opening bogeys in the second round doing the damage after a solid opening round of even par.

Cameron Smith Cameron Smith (Credit: Asian Tour)

Nick Taylor overcame a four-shot deficit to win the tournament shooting a 6-under 66 on Sunday for a two-stroke victory over Boo Weekley and Jason Bohn.

Taylor is the first Canadian-born winner on the PGA Tour since Mike Weir in 2007.

It was just Taylor’s 13th PGA Tour start and seventh as a professional and he handled the final holes with little drama.

A former University of Washington player from Abbotsford, British Columbia, Taylor three-putted for bogey on No. 18 after taking a three-shot lead into the final hole. He finished at 16-under-par and earned US$720,000.

Rod Pampling and Greg Chalmers made the weekend with both finishing well down the leaderboard – Pampling in a tie for 66th position at 1-over and Chalmers a stroke behind at 2-over and in a tie for 69th position.