Open Champion Cameron Smith And Billy Horschel Take Part In Fishing Competition

After his victory at St Andrews, Cameron Smith took to the water alongside Billy Horschel for the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament

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After a busy stretch that included the Genesis Scottish Open and The 150th Open Championship, players have returned home to enjoy some down time. While taking a much deserved break, it seems that recent Open winner, Cameron Smith, and Billy Horschel have been enjoying success off the course as well as on it...

Appearing at the Greater Jacksonville Kingfish Tournament, Champion Golfer of the Year, Smith, was at the helm of the boat, whilst his team consisted of seven-time PGA Tour winner, Horschel.

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Both are notorious anglers, with Smith actually being escorted off by security during the 2021 RBC Heritage at Harbour Town Links after he was caught fishing. On the Wednesday of the week of the event, the Australian grabbed his fishing rod and headed out to Harbour Town to catch some fish, however, after 45 minutes, he was asked to leave after being caught.

So, how did two of the world' top 15 get on in the tournament? Well, as it turns out, pretty well, with the duo actually leading at one point thanks to Horschel landing a 29-pounder.

Their efforts weren't enough though, as Joseph Shugart's crew aboard the St Augustine-based One Time, caught a 49.77-pound winner for the day's biggest catch. There was also the two-fish aggregate championship, a category that Smith and Horschel's team led for more than an hour during the afternoon, but that ultimately went to Tommy Rady and the Salt Life Food Shack crew.

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Matt Cradock
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Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x