Cameron Smith Shoots 68 Despite "Really Frustrating" Opening And Closing Double Bogeys

The World No.6 took the clubhouse lead at The Masters after a round that featured eight birdies and two doubles, coming at the 1st and 18th holes

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Cameron Smith was left to rue opening and closing double bogeys in what was a four-under-par 68 to start his 2022 Masters.

The Aussie, in the form of his life after winning the Players Championship in his last start and the Tournament of Champions in January, made eight birdies on day one at Augusta National to take the early clubhouse lead at four-under-par.

Despite the double bogey start, Smith found himself six-under-par on the 18th tee but gave another two shots back following a sliced drive into the trees and then a three-putt after being forced to lay up. He described the two doubles as "really frustrating" but said he would have taken four-under at the start of the day.

"I think 1 and 18 was obviously really frustrating. I think it'll motivate me the next few days," he said. "I feel like I played some really solid golf today, and to be four-under is a little bit disappointing. But given the condition of the golf course and the condition with the wind and stuff like that, if you had have given me four-under at the start of the day, I would have taken it."

Smith told media his short game saved him a little in the opening round, especially on the fifth where he chipped in, but remained adamant that "you've got to hit really quality iron shots" to win around Augusta.

"I love this place. I think my short game has definitely got me out of a lot of bad spots around here, but at the end of the day I think you just need to give yourself opportunities. You need to hit your irons close, and you need to be really good with the putter," he said.

"I think the chipping maybe helps you out once or twice during the week with a bit of a scruffy round, but I think if you're going to win around here, you've got to hit really quality iron shots."

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Elliott Heath
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL

Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5