Smith’s Olympic dream almost done after PGA struggle

smith’s olympic dream almost done after pga struggle

Min Woo Lee all but shattered Cameron Smith’s slim Olympic hopes finishing strong as the leading Australian at the PGA Championship after a final day surge from Lucas Herbert failed to materialise.

Lee declared he was “trending in the right direction” after closing with a four-under 67, good enough to finish in a tie for 26th with a rankings boost likely to propel him from 36 and more spots clear of Smith who had a Sunday struggle as Xander Schauffele recorded his breakthrough major championship win.

Smith finished exactly where he was after the opening round, on three-under, closing with a round of two-over 73 having struggled to get anything going across the weekend.

He would need to win the US Open next month to have any chance of leaping over Lee who will continue to rack up the rankings points which will determine Olympic spots as Smith heads back to the LIV tour before the year’s third major.

“My driving wasn’t too good the last couple of days,” Lee said after a positive finish to the tournament in Louisville, Kentucky.

“If my driving’s up to scratch, then I can definitely attack and make some more birdies.

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