CAMERON Smith might not have the profile of a Jason Day or Adam Scott, but those questioning the current strength of Australian golf should have watched his ice cool victory in the Zurich Classic.
Queenslander Day has been struggling for various reasons of late, but he's still ranked the fourth best player in the world, while South Australian-born Scott is sitting pretty inside the top 10.
But with the exemption of Day, Scott and world number 36 Marc Leishman, Australian golf does not have the depth it had 10 years ago.
But young Queenslander Cameron Smith - no, not the Melbourne Storm player, the 23-year-old from Brisbane - has already played in three major tournaments with impressive success.
Smith looks as though he should still be studying at high school, but the unassuming future star of Australian golf is going about his business and looks one for the future.
The rise of Smith can be measured by the fact he is the only Australian, barring our two big guns Scott and Day, to have won a USPGA tour event before turning 24.
Smith won the Zurich Classic of New Orleans with partner Jonas Blixt in early May. The pair shot -27 in the combined tournament and it secured Smith's card for the next few seasons.
It was his temperament which was most pleasing.
Smith starred as they beat Americans Kevin Kisner and Scott Brown in a sudden-death playoff which was forced into the next day because of poor weather.
Smith's long-time coach Grant Field believes his pupil has a game tailor-made to win major golf tournaments.
“Cam has got all the tools to take his game to that level,” Field said.
“His game sets up for the majors because he’s so consistent. His swing is simple and repeatable, he’s a great driver of the ball and he’s world class from 100 metres and in.”
Smith, the current world number 126, turned professional in 2013 and stayed on the PGA Tour of Australasia where he finished tied for second in the 2016 Australian Open, but that wasn't his best performance during that stretch - not even close.
Smith qualified for the 2015 U.S. Open and took his chances in true Australian fashion. He finished in a tie for fourth behind the likes of Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson and Louis Oosthuizen. Smith tied with Branden Grace and fellow compatriot Scott.
That's quite an impressive performance for a fledgling golfer who would have been happy to be in the tournament. That verified Smith on the world stage and he's continued to improve in the coming seasons.
Smith received the Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour and he earned his card by staying inside the top 125 on the money list.Cameron Smith
He also recorded two top 10 finishes in the Valero Texas Open and the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, so there's plenty of ability there and we're predicting that Cameron Smith will be a household name in Australian golf in quick time.
Remarkably, Australia's leading sports betting sites had Smith and Blixt as long as $101 for the Zurich tournament, while the more fancied Day and American Rickie Fowler began as warm favourites.