A final round 66 lifted Smyth into third place at March’s World City Championship in Hong Kong, where four Royal Liverpool spots were on offer as part of The Open Qualifying Series.
Represented Australia as an amateur and was runner-up to Scotland’s Connor Syme in their Amateur Championship in 2016, the same season in which he finished runner-up to Curtis Luck at the PGA Tour of Australasia’s Western Australian Open.
Had still to turn professional when he went one better than that the following September, storming to a six-stroke success at the Northern Territory PGA Championship. On switching codes he joined the Asian Tour after coming joint third at their qualifying school and last September claimed their Yeangder TPC title.
That followed a runner-up finish to Scott Vincent in the International Series event at Slaley Hall in Northumberland and a week after that he played in the inaugural LIV Golf tournament at the Centurion Club in Hertfordshire, being part of the team which by finishing second earned him over £400,000 – more than twice the previous biggest cheque of his career.