You can get the boy out Brisbanebut you can’t take Brisbane out of the boy.
While the Aussie Cam Smith is the toast of the golfing world today, having blasted his tremendous composure for claiming that British Openhe will always have a bogan streak that sets him apart from anyone who has won the Claret Jug before him.
Smith drives during his epic win at St Andrews where he birdied five straight back nine to earn victory at the British Open
In fact, his caddie Sam Pinfold said Smith drew on the Queensland Maroons’ famous fight culture in State of Origin to fend off Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland to win the sport’s oldest and most prestigious title.
“That’s the Queenslander in him; I think he got a lot out of it,” Pinfold said Golfer’s Digest.
“He’s never really been called a favorite or one of the big dogs. But he loves the fight. Set him back three or four shots and he’ll step up his game and try.
Cameron Smith poses with his caddy Sam Pinfold and the Claret Jug after winning The Open
That spirited streak was ingrained in him long before he celebrated victory at pretty St Andrews, which proclaims itself the ‘Home of Golf’.
A quick scroll down from Smith’s Instagram profile reveals plenty of pics of beer, McDonald’s feeds, top catches on fishing boats and Golf’s latest superstar tearing up Australian V8 Supercars tracks on a simulator.
One of the first things Smith bought as he rose to fame and fortune was every bogan’s dream – a 39-foot fishing boat powered by four gigantic Mercury outboard engines.
It’s docked outside of his Florida home on the canal, so he can go fishing in style whenever he wants.
Smith comes from humble and honest beginnings.
His mother, Sharon, spent most of her life in the furniture department of the now-defunct Chandlers chain of stores before retiring as a grocer at Woolworths.
His sister Melanie works in the administration of an energy supplier.
His father Des, a practical professional golfer himself, roared as his son clinched victory at St Andrews and promised many XXXX stubbies would be in danger later that day.
Smith wanted to emulate his father from a young age, so Des cut down some racquets and attached some PVC pipes to the side of his wagon for his son to accompany him.
At the age of 12, Smith beat his father.
“Nothing surprises me anymore; he’s so talented and put in so much hard work,” said Smith Sr.
Growing up was a simple, uncomplicated life. There wasn’t much money in the bank, but the Smiths had a lot of love for everyone and the simple things in life.
When Smith won the 2022 Players Championship earlier this year, it was his biggest payday. A check for $5.25 million was more money than the whole family would see in their lifetime, and he’s now added the $3.7 million first prize in St. Andrews.
Smith admitted that “some people probably would have called me lazy maybe a year ago” after collecting the Claret Jug.
His father Des said the 28-year-old got serious about his fitness and improving his driving about 18 months ago when he and his trainer Nick Randall started tough boot camp during the pandemic.
Randall said his charge had had “constant pain and discomfort” since he was 16 because he didn’t take exercise seriously enough.
“I’ve lost a bit of weight and my body moves a little bit faster when I don’t have as much around my stomach,” Smith said.
“I feel like I can leave the golf course without getting destroyed. I feel quite fresh when I leave the golf course, a feeling I don’t think I’ve felt in a long time.”
The turnaround was one of the keys to his first win at a major that will skyrocket his profile.
Thankfully, the mullet sport champion is always kept down to earth by his friends and family – even now that John Daly, golf’s original wildboy, tweeted to congratulate him, joking, “Chalk another win for.” the mullet on!”
One of his best schoolmates at Pine Rivers State High in Strathpine, north Brisbane, is Jack Wilkosz. He was a council worker until Smith told him to pack his bags and come to the States to work for him.
Smith takes his racing seriously and forgoes the video game controller for a full simulator setup on his PlayStation
Now Wilkosz helps tend Smith’s Florida mansion, preps the epic fishing boat with bait, rods and lots of ice, and travels to tournaments as a sort of personal assistant.
However, Wilkosz sees his main task as making sure that his buddy never becomes a “pusher”.
“I think a big part of my job is that Cam has a good buddy here to talk to,” he said News Corp.
When golf monthly Recently profiling Smith, they revealed some facts about the Brisbane boy that may have shocked some of his fans in the US.
However, they would not surprise anyone living in Brisbane today.
Smith sits back to watch the footy on a TV surrounded by his golf trophies
He lists his favorite sports team as the Brisbane Broncos in the NRL, admits he’s a big ‘petrolhead’ and an amateur mechanic who loves working on classic cars. Like any proud Queenslander, taking care of your lawn is a great passion.
And family always comes first.
When Smith won the Players Championship, his mother and sister were there for a tearful and boozy night out at his Jacksonville home.
“My main priority was just hanging out with them and golf was second for those couple of weeks,” he said after not seeing her for two years because of Covid.
When he won The Open, the first people he thanked were the Australian fans who had traveled so far to cheer him on.
While some of the legacy companies sneer at the cascade of hair cascading from Smith’s Titleist hat, the mullet is a lasting reminder of where Smith came from.
He will always be the Brisbane boy who loves beer, fishing, football, cars, family and friends and most importantly gives it his all for his greatest passion, golf.