In what was a bizarre scene at Royal Pines for the Australian PGA Championship, a patron was kicked out for sledging eventual winner Cameron Smith throughout his round. In his final few holes, Smith was distracted by a man in the crowd who seemed to have it in for the young Queenslander. Constantly berated from behind the ropes, Smith’s caddie eventually ran over to the fan as Smith pulled out of his approach into his 72nd hole, leading the event by one at the time. The caddie demanded the man back-off and moments later, he was escorted out of the course by security. Smith claimed later that he had been coughing and sneezing during Smith’s shots and telling him not to choke. Unfortunately for Smith he missed a 6 foot putt to save par on his final hole after the man was kicked out, dropping a shot to tie with Jordan Zunic at 18-under par, and forcing a play-off.
However, this little blemish didn’t matter as Smith beat Zunic after two play-off holes to seize the title and claim his first win since turning pro in 2013. Smith also later stated that he believed the man must have been a New South Welshman, as Smith wore a maroon polo in representation of his love for the Brisbane Broncos! An odd occurrence to see a patron kicked out, let alone hacking a player to this degree. Well done to Smith for defying the wishes of the fan and capturing the title!