Tied for fourth on his first-ever major appearance at the 2015 U.S. Open, an event for which he came through a qualifying tournament, while at last November’s Masters he finished joint runner-up with Sungjae Im, five strokes behind Dustin Johnson.
In the process Smith became the first player to shoot four rounds in the 60s at Augusta National.
He had previously qualified for a Presidents Cup debut on home turf in December 2019, his taking of the last automatic spot in the International side also securing an Open Championship place at Royal St George’s. A year earlier he moved into the world’s top 30 for the first time by winning a second successive Australian PGA title, beating Marc Leishman by two a week after they were joint runners-up behind Belgium in the ISPS Handa World Cup.
Smith earned his Open debut in 2017 through the Australian Open, where he lost a play-off to Jordan Spieth. His maiden PGA Tour success was in partnership with Jonas Blixt at the 2017 Zurich Classic, then in January 2020 he had his first solo victory, taking the Sony Open in Hawaii after a play-off with Brendan Steele.
He added a second Zurich Classic title in April, alongside Marc Leishman this time and again in sudden death.