Date: November 02, 2014
Author: Martin Blake

Cameron Smith’s big pay day

ralia's Cameron Smith has had his biggest pay day as a professional player with his tied-fifth finish in the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur.

Smith, 21, the 2013 Australian amateur champion who is beginning his professional career in Asia, earned more than $250,000 by closing with a 68 today, continuing a string of strong performances.

A member of Golf Australia's rookie squad of young professionals, Smith was in contention until deep into the final round before Ryan Moore of the US pulled away to win by three shots.

Had he won the tournament, he would have secured a card to play on the United States PGA Tour for the next two years, as well as starts in some of next year's majors, because the CIMB Classic is co-sanctioned by the American tour.

But as it is, he will receive an invitation to play at the Sanderson Farms Championship in the United States next week.

The Queenslander has had six consecutive top 10 finishes on the Asian Tour this year, with a best of tied-second in the Indonesian Masters.

Smith is now fourth on the 2014 Asian Tour Order of Merit with $427,476.