We want to disclose that we made an error recently when we reported that young Aussie professional golf sensation Cameron Smith needed a win in the upcoming Houston Open in order to qualify for The Masters the week following.
Smith is in, courtesy of an invitation based on his play at the World Golf Championships Match Play event last weekend. He was dismissed in the quarterfinals, but that was enough to get him a ticket to stroll down the hallowed hollows of Magnolia Lane for his second try at a coveted green jacket.
If he were able to pull off a victory, he would join Adam Scott as the only other Australian to win The Masters. Eleven Aussie male golfers have won one of the four Majors, some of those golfers claiming Major scalps multiple times.
Peter Thompson won The Open Championship, the ostentatious name for the British Open, five times. Greg Norman won it twice, Ken Nagle once and Ian Baker-Finch once.
David Graham won the PGA Championship and the U.S. Open.
Jim Ferrier won the PGA Championship back in 1947, when it was a match-play format. Wayne Grady won in 1990, well after the PGA adopted the stroke-play format. Steve Elkington was the winner of the tournament in 1995.
Geoff Ogilvy won the 2006 U.S. Open.
Then came Scott at the 2013 Masters, followed by Jason Day in the 2015 PGA Championship.
Cameron Smith’s play at the WGC Match Play was good enough to cement his ranking as one of the top 50 in the world, which is one of the criteria that earn an invitation to The Masters.
Smith was in the field for the 2016 Masters, where he finished in a tie for 55th. It is almost certain he will do better this time.
Jason Day, two-time winner of the WGC Match Play, was dismissed early this year. He plans to rest and prepare for the Masters, which starts on April 5 (April 6 AEST).