Looking to become the first Australian to win the British Open and Australian Open in the same year, Cameron Smith got off to a "rubbish" start on Thursday at his national open, and by his terms that's putting it lightly.
"That is as bad as I've played in a long time. It was pretty (expletive)," said Smith of his 1-over 71 in the opening round at Victoria Golf Club. "I think the course was pretty difficult, the conditions were pretty difficult, but I need to be better than that."
The world No. 3 won the Australian PGA Championship for a third time last week and properly celebrated the victory with friends and family at a local bar.
"Maybe some delayed tiredness, maybe. I did feel a little bit foggy out there at times," explained Smith, "but it's not really an excuse, it's my job to do all that stuff."
"It's not like I don't know how to play golf, it was just a bit of a bad day."
The unique event is held over the two courses - Victoria and Kingston Heath golf clubs - and this year is concurrently running both men's and women's tournaments, with each offering a $1.15 million purse. This year's event also includes an all-abilities division which will begin play on Friday.
David Micheluzzi shot a 7-under 63 on Thursday at Victoria to take the early lead on the men's side, with Grace Kim leading the women after a 7-under 66 at Kingston Heath (the women are playing the course at a par 73) in the first round.
Story originally appeared on GolfWeek