Smyth to make most of Aus Open debut
Shellharbour’s Travis Smyth says he has ‘nothing to lose’ at his maiden Australian Open after sealing his entry to the nation’s most prestigious tournament at his third attempt.
A round of four under par at Carnarvon Golf Club on Monday proved enough for the promising amateur to seal his place in a star-studded Open field featuring the likes of American gun Jordan Spieth and 2013 US Masters champion Adam Scott.
Smyth will tee off shortly after lunch at Royal Sydney Golf Club on Thursday.
Despite competing against some of the biggest names in golf, Smyth said he had no nerves ahead of the big occasion.
“I am excited,” the 21-year-old said.
“I feel kind of relieved because I have been through three years of qualifying and just missed out both times by a shot.
“It is good that I am finally here and I am ready to show off my game.
“There is no pressure for me.
“I am not playing for money or anything so I have everything to gain and nothing to lose.”
Smyth, who is now based out of St Michael’s Golf Club in Sydney, will play alongside South Korean Dohoon Kim and New South Welshman Aaron Townsend in the first round.
He is one of 13 amateurs at the tournament and was hopeful of making the week last as long as possible.
“I set little individual goals for myself and I am trying to improve so I guess at the end of the week I will see where I end up,” Smyth said.
“I would like to make the cut and probably get lowest amateur. That would be good.”
Smyth won the prestigious Riversdale Cup in 2015 and made the final of the 2016 Australian Amateur Championship.
Last week he finished in a tie for 33rd at the NSW Open.
He joins Port Kembla’s Jordan Zunic – who returns from the European Tour School in Spain – and Lincoln Tighe in the main draw for the biggest tournament of the Australian season.
Zunic tees off with Aron Price and Matthew Millar at 7.40am while Tighe plays his opening round alongside David Bransdon and Michael Wright from 7.50am.