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Reed claims green jacket - Aussies Smith and Leishman finish in Top 10

Apr 9, 2018

Cameron Smith and Marc Leishman flew the Australian flag at Augusta, with the pair finishing in the Top 10 in the US Masters, thus ensuring they return to the event in 2019 with an invitation extended to the Top twelve players plus ties at this year’s event.

Cameron Smith closed with a fine 66 in the final round, displaying his growing golfing credentials as Australia’s next big thing. Meanwhile Marc Leishman sat in second place at the halfway mark of the Tournament, only to struggle in his third round as playing partner and eventual winner Patrick Reed tore up the par fives setting up a winning lead. His eagles at 13 and 15 were a true highlight.

After 54 four holes it looked as though leader Reed and second placed Rory McIlroy would battle it out for the green jacket, but late surges by Jordan Spieth and Ricky Fowler added some drama. Spieth just missed out on equaling the course record but his final round 64 was the best closing round in Master’s history.

Fowler closed with a five under 67 leaving him one shot shy of a first major victory.

Masters Tournament  

April 5-8
Augusta National GC, Augusta, Georgia
Purse: $11,000,000 ($1,980,000 to the winner)

How the Australians fared;

Player

Result

Earnings

Notes

Jason Day

T20 (-2)

$128,150

  • In eight total appearances at the Masters, has never missed the cut (withdrew in 2012).
  • Best finish at the Masters came in 2011, where he finished T2. Owns six top-25s, including three top-10s.
  • In 30 major championship appearances, has recorded 14 top-10 finishes.

Marc Leishman

9th (-8)

$319,000

  • In his sixth appearance at the Masters, climbed up the leaderboard to solo second after the second-round, trailing 36-hole leader Patrick Reed by two-shots. Eventually fell out of contention with rounds of 73-70 on the weekend.
  • Hit 47 of 72 greens in regulation at the 2018 Masters and never had a three-putt all week.
  • By finishing in the top-12 plus ties, earned an invitation to the 2019 Masters.
  • Best finish at the Masters came in 2013, where he finished T4.
  • Owns three PGA TOUR career victories (2017 BMW Championship, 2017 Arnold Palmer Invitational and 2012 Travelers Championship).
  • In 26 major championship appearances, has notched five top-10 finishes (T4, 2013 Masters, T5, 2014 Open Championship, T2, 2015 Open Championship, T6, 2017 Open Championship, 9th, 2018 Masters)

Adam Scott

T32 (+1)

$63,663

  • Made his 17th consecutive appearance at the Masters.
  • Owns five top-10s, including a win in 2013.
  • Remains the only Australian to have won the Masters. 

Cameron Smith

T5 (-9)

$386,375

  • Qualified by finishing in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking during the week prior to the Masters Tournament.
  • Earned second top-10 in a major championship (T4 at the 2015 U.S. Open) and fifth this season, the most of his career (T5, CIMB Classic, 3rd, CJ CUP @ NINE BRIDGES, T6, Genesis Open, T5, WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, T5, Masters Tournament).
  • By finishing in the top 12 plus ties, earned an invitation to the 2019 Masters.