With the letters A-U-S shaved into the side of his head there is no mistaking Cameron Smith’s motivation as he takes the hopes of a nation with him into Sunday’s final round.
The 27-year-old’s flowing mullet and shaved-in patriotism captured all the attention prior to competition at Kasumigaseki Country Club, but it was his blemish-free display in round three that got tongues wagging.
Smith shot a five-under round of 66 to move up nine spots and position himself for a charge at the medal placings in Sunday’s final day of play.
The Aussie navigated the tricky Par 4 18th that brought him unstuck the previous afternoon to enter the clubhouse at nine-under and with hope of a final day’s charge.
Smith hit a purple patch on the front nine, sinking birdies on holes five through eight to get his day off to a flyer.
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