Billy Ray Cyrus was so yesterday.
Cameron Smith, the laidback lad from Queensland, is all the rage on the golf course at the moment and it has nothing to do with his sublime ball-striking.
Heading into this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii as the defending champion, Smith is turning heads in the Hawaiian breeze with his luscious locks, which he hopes will become his “good luck charm” ahead of his title defence.
“I’d really like to go full business at the front and party at the back,” Smith told media this morning.
The baby-faced sharpshooter, who finished runner-up in November’s Masters, is a throwback, a millennial straight out of the 1970s. Hence the mullet he’s started rocking after he saw National Rugby League players growing similar ones last year.
Check out his explanation on the new look:
"I'd really like to go full business at the front and party at the back." pic.twitter.com/wZXSBqpK7o
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) January 12, 2021
He’ll be hoping his ‘no-cut’ policy will help him avoid missing them on tour this year, too. It’s been 12 months since Smith was four-over at the Sony Open after just two holes but managed to rebound all the way to victory. No winner in the ShotLink era has gotten off to a worse start, reports PGATour.com writer Sean Martin.
Smith bogeyed his opening hole at Waialae, then tripled the next one. Smith had to hole a 14-footer just to save bogey on his first hole. Then he hit “maybe the worst shot I’ve ever hit on tour.”
His tee shot on the second hole, a 425-yard, par-4, was “the biggest, quickest snap hook you’ve ever seen in your life,” he said. It travelled just 177 yards. He had to lay up, then knocked his 110-yard third shot over the green. He chunked a chip, hit his next one to 7 feet and missed the putt.
Smith birdied three of his final four holes to shoot 70, then shot of 65-66-68 before winning a playoff with Brendan Steele.
He’ll be hoping for less drama this time around.
“There’s no point in worrying about what you’ve just done,” Smith said, “You may as well be focused on what you can do.”
For the rest of us, Cam, we’re just focused on that hair!