Cameron Smith’s ‘miracle’ shot highlights opening round of Tour Championship

A “miracle” eagle has highlighted Cameron Smith’s opening round at the Tour Championship, a tournament that could be his last on the PGA Tour.

Smith shot a round of three-under 67 in Atlanta, which leaves him at seven-under, and eight shots behind world No.1 Scottie Scheffler, who is five clear of his nearest rival.

Scheffler started at 10-under in the handicap scoring system courtesy of his position at the top of the FedEx Cup standings. The winner at the end of this tournament picks up the $25.8 million first prize.

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Smith’s tee shot at the par-five sixth hole found a fairway bunker, leaving him 209 metres to the pin.

The Australian had a decent lie in the sand, and elected to play a three-wood, which 1993 PGA champion Paul Azinger described as the “hardest shot in golf” in commentary for NBC.

Smith made clean contact, hitting the ball inside three metres and draining the eagle putt.

“This is one of the best shots you’ll ever see,” Azinger said.

“To pick a ball out of a fairway bunker with that club is a miracle.”

Smith birdied the final two holes of his round to finish with a 67.

His playing partner, Rory McIlroy, shot the same score despite an ugly triple bogey seven at the opening hole, followed by another bogey at the second.

The four-time major champion played his last 14 holes in seven under to salvage his round.

The Tour Championship shapes as Smith’s final PGA Tour event, with the Australian widely expected to be announced as a recruit for Greg Norman’s LIV Golf next week.

Such a move would see the Open champion banned from all future PGA Tour events.

Leaderboard:

15-under: Scottie Scheffler

10-under: Xander Schauffele

9-under: Matt Fitzpatrick

Australians:

7-under: Cameron Smith

2-under: Adam Scott

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