US Open: Cameron Smith Gives Aussie Juniors a Major Tour
Reigning Open champion Cameron Smith has given two young Australian golfers a major championship tour of LA Country Club.
Smith, 29, flew 17-year-old Joseph Buttress and 18-year-old Jeffrey Guan to his Florida home for a week to give them short-game lessons and gym sessions. and Cameron Smit then took the duo on a NetJets private flight to Los Angeles for the U.S. Open.
“It’s been so cool to watch how dedicated Cam is to his game,” Buttress said. “From the gym sessions to practice, it’s easy to see why he’s one of the best in the world.”
Guan added: “It’s pretty inspiring and reminds us we have so much to work on.”
Smith said he was proud to help the two young golfers and hoped they could use his experience to help them reach their goals.
“I know how tough it can be to break into the professional game,” Smith said. “I hope these guys can use what I’ve shown them to help them on their journey.”
Buttress and Guan are both members of the Australian Institute of Golf and are considered to be two of the country’s brightest young golfing prospects.
Buttress won the 2022 Australian Amateur Championship, while Guan won the 2022 Australian Junior Masters.
Both players are hoping to make their professional debut in the near future.
Smith’s gesture is a reminder of the importance of giving back to the game that has given him so much. It is also a sign of the growing popularity of golf in Australia.
The U.S. Open is the first major championship to be held in Los Angeles since 1998. The tournament is expected to attract a record crowd of over 200,000 spectators.
Smith is one of the favorites to win the tournament. And He is coming off a strong season in which he won the Players Championship and the Open Championship.
Smith will tee off in the first round on Thursday at 1:45 p.m. PST.