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The Masters 2024: Cameron Smith Explains Why the Masters Can Become a Golfer’s Biggest Nightmare

Published 04/02/2024, 5:30 AM EDT

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Only thirteen golfers from the PIF-backed league will be teeing it up at the 2024 Masters. Among the many, there is also Cameron Smith, who secured a spot thanks to the wins that he garnered back in 2022, which included the Open championship, and THE PLAYERS will be at Augusta National. The Aussie will be making his eighth appearance at the Masters. The first was in 2016.

And as a veteran of Augusta National, the three-time LIV Golf winner has made a special practice session just for it. In a recent interview, Smith revealed how he has been preparing for the 88th Masters and how the course might become a nightmare in seconds.

Cameron Smith reveals his practice routine before the 2024 Masters

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Unlike the PGA Tour, LIV Golf had a three-week break as the last event was played in early March in Hong Kong. Evidently, this gives the LIV players extra time to add in some practice range sessions before they tee it up at the Masters. Cameron Smith did just that. Speaking to the PGA of Australia, Smith revealed the practice drill he has been doing. “The last three weeks I’ve been trying to get out on the course a little bit more,” said the one-time major winner.

There, the golfer from Land Down Under has been focused on, as he shared, “shot shaping and controlling the flight, which I think is pretty crucial for playing good around there [Augusta National],” explained Smith. Talking about Augusta National, Smith described how playing at the course can be a boon and a bane. He said, “If you play it correctly, obviously, there is actually quite a few birdies opportunities.”

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However, the catch is that the game can backfire even with the slightest mishap. Smith continued, “It seems like one of those courses where you can kind of birdie almost every hole and you can also make a bogey or a double on every hole pretty quickly.” In reality, Augusta National’s flip side is scary for many golfers. Even Smith found that Augusta National, “It’s just a very hard golf course to kind of get right.” 

Not many are successful in conquering the difficulties that the Augusta National presents. However, being a determined golfer, after he plays at LIV Golf Miami, Smith’s only goal would be to gain his first green jacket.

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Smith wishes to get the green jacket in 2024

Last year, while players like Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau were unable to make the cutline, Cameron Smith was in a tie at 34. This is comparatively the worst score in the last four times he played at the Masters since 2020. However, at the 2024 Masters, Smith will not be taking any chances and wants to get the green jacket at any cost.

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Smith was appreciative that he was fortunate enough to play at the Masters many times in his career at the Augusta National. He later expressed how badly he wants the Masters trophy, saying, “desperately want to get it, but it’d be awesome if I did.” It surely will be an exciting feat for the Aussie pro and having done his practice, Smith might conquer Augusta National if he just gets it right.

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Khambe Huda Imran

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Huda Khambe is a Golf Writer for EssentiallySports. Growing up watching Tiger Woods and Annika Sorenstam bag one major after the other, Huda Khambe set herself on a path to becoming a sports writer early on. With a year of prior experience in writing, Huda now brings the greens to life with her unique insights on her favorite storylines, such as Jack Nicklaus's record rivalry with Tiger Woods and its impact on both stars.
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