When he hoisted the Australian PGA trophy aloft for the third time on Sunday, it was the fifth time in 2022 that Cameron Smith smiled as a winner.
His 2022 haul is arguably better than world No.1 Rory McIlroy, who won three times and was both the FedEx Cup and DP World Tour champion.
Smith, the world No.3, won both the Open Championship and The Players Championship, which he and others regard as the game’s fifth major, before his move to LIV Golf where he scored yet another win, and then came his victory in Queensland.
But among the sacrifices Smith made when he joined Greg Norman’s Saudi-backed league was giving up the chance to be world No.1.
His plight became clear when Smith was rewarded with just 10 world ranking points for his victory at Royal Queensland.
By comparison, that was half the amount of points given to American John Suh when he won the season-ending event on the…