Cameron Smith has joked he will probably not be cutting his hair even if he wins the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews because he enjoys the fact it makes people smile.
Smith, 28, comes into the landmark major in good form off the back of the Genesis Scottish Open at The Renaissance Club with a top-10 finish.
He faced the media today after the chief executive of the R&A delivered an interesting take on the LIV Golf saga that has been dominating the golf chatter for months now.
Australian Smith has risen in the Official World Golf Ranking’s this season with some impressive performances, including a win at The Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass.
He also took down the Sentry Tournament of Champions with a record low score of 34-under par on the PGA Tour in Hawaii and now is occupies sixth position in the world rankings.
All this means that Smith is widely thought to be a factor at the Old Course. Although he concedes that it’s going to be extraordinarily tough to keep the ball on the dry, firm fairways this week.
“Links golf is trying to hit the perfect shot and hoping for the best,” Smith said.
He added: “The game plan, I think, has changed quite a bit over the last few days being here with the wind.
“Like I said, it's been so hard to keep the ball on the fairway that it's almost worth just hitting driver up into the rough and hoping you get a good lie and kind of play it from there.
“There are a few holes like that. There are a few holes where you have to hit an iron off the tee into play.
“And it's going to be brutal, I think. If the wind keeps up like it is, it's going to be a really good test of golf.
“And at some points it will be unfair, I think. But you've just got to move on and I think deal with it as best you can and try and make those birdies when you can.”
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Smith was asked if he would cut his hair off if he claimed his maiden major here.
He said: “I've always said that if I won a tournament or did something good, I would cut it off. And I've done that a couple times this year, and it's still on there.
“So I'd like to say I would cut it off, but it's probably not going to happen. I feel like it's almost a part of me now. Like you said, people recognize the hair and makes a few people laugh. Yeah, it's good.”
Does he get any interesting comments from the fans?
“Every week,” he said.
“There are some goodies from time to time. But for the most part I think people enjoy it.
“Like I said, I think they have a laugh at it. And it makes people smile, which makes me happy.”
Speaking of his own chances for a successful week, Smith added: “I think I've played the best golf of my life this year, for sure.
“I love the golf course. It would be awesome to win an Open here for sure. I think it's everyone's dream growing up to win an Open at St Andrews.
“So don't want to jinx myself, but I'm feeling pretty good. The game feels good. I had a good weekend up at the Scottish Open.
“It was good to see some putts drop and a couple of low numbers over the weekend. So, yeah, hopefully I can get it done.”