Cameron Smith gets a hug from girlfriend Jordan Ontiveros after his win.
Cameron Smith gets a hug from girlfriend Jordan Ontiveros after his win.

‘His mind is brilliant. He’s got everything’

THERE is no apparent weakness in Cameron Smith's game according to Wayne Grady, who expects him to tussle with Australia's big three for a golf major next year.

Smith defended his Australian PGA Championship on the Gold Coast on Sunday, rallying from two shots down with six holes to play to beat Marc Leishman by two strokes.

That late surge came after it took just four holes for his three-shot lead to start the day evaporated.

Former PGA Championships winner Grady labelled Smith's 11th-hour recovery mission as further proof that he had the mettle to excel on the PGA Tour.

"He's a good kid, his mind is brilliant, it really is," said Grady, who now runs golf events on the Gold Coast.

"To come back from a poor start and do what he did, it doesn't happen very often.

"He put the heat back on Leish and he'll only get better and better - he's got everything.

"Yep (he'll be in majors contention) and you can't write off Leish, (Jason) Day and (Adam) Scott."

Smith has moved to a career-high 28 in the world with the win but isn't letting it go to his head.

He will play the PGA Charity Golf Day at Brisbane's Keperra Golf Club on Tuesday to raise money for the late Jarrod Lyle's family.

Driven by John Senden, last year's event raised more than $40,000 for the the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation and QLD Golf Foundation.

News Corp Australia

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