Cameron Smith admitted he's feeling the nerves after he teed up the chance to win on his homecoming at the Australian PGA Championship.
The Australian will take a three stroke lead into the final round of the Fortinet Australian PGA Championship at Royal Queensland GC in Brisbane, Australia.
Smith carded an opening round of 68 on Thursday. A 65 on Friday separated him from the field and on Saturday wildly entertaining 2-under 69 gave him a three-shot cushion over China's Yan Wei Liu.
Australia's Min Woo Lee is lurking behind Smith in T-4 at 7-under.
Smith overcame a four-shot deficit to rain on Rory McIlroy's parade at the 150th Open Championship in July at St. Andrews.
His round threatened very briefly to come a little bit unstuck at the famous Road Hole on 17 but he produced one of the most clutch two putts for par in recent memory en route to winning the claret jug.
In his winner's interview - apart from getting a bit ticked off over a question about joining LIV Golf - Smith admitted that during that back nine he couldn't feel his hands by the time he reached the 14th hole because of the nerves. Apparently, he was struggling to drink water.
Smith told the media about his nerves on Saturday:
Smith spent the earlier part of this week expressing frustration that the world ranking situation has not yet been sorted out.
LIV Golf are not yet accredited by the Official World Golf Ranking [OWGR]. This debate about whether or not the Saudi-financed series deserves to have OWGR accreditation has become increasingly bitter, dividing opinion of some of the biggest names in the sport.
Smith said of the world ranking points debate:
Another LIV Golf player, Kevin Na, was scheduled to participate in the Australian PGA Championship alongside Smith, but was forced to withdraw through injury before hitting a shot.