Date: April 11, 2016
Author: Martin Blake

‘Fried’ Smith completes first Masters

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A ''fried'' Cameron Smith left Augusta National after his first Masters needing a few beers at home in Brisbane.

Smith, 22, closed with a 74 to finish tied-55th  but confessed to being exhausted from four days of grinding.

"I just sort of soaked it all in today,'' he said. "There wasn't really a goal in place or anything.  The goal was to go out there and just have fun and soak it all in.  I did that pretty good.  Again, didn't probably play the way I wanted to, but that's golf.''

The former Australian amateur champion said his only surprise was how tough the course played in the conditions. "It's definitely harder than I thought.  Not generally the course, just the conditions.  I mean, rarely do you see winds like we had the first three days on TV.  I mean, I was coming in expecting it to be tough, but the conditions itself to be relatively easily and it definitely wasn't that.''

 Adam Scott was another Australian who struggled to make an impact, finishing with a 76 to finish just outside the top 40. "Today was just a continuation of the week, really,'' he said"I'm a little disappointed with today's round.  It started well, but I had about three three-putts, I think, and kind of from nowhere, and just a bit sloppy.  I got to the point somewhere in the round where the reality set in that I'm not going to do anything special and just that intensity dropped and this course bites you, which was a little bit disappointing."