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Cameron Smith will be in contention for his third PGA Tour title of the season at RBC Heritage

Cameron Smith insists his disappointment in the Masters is already in his “rearview mirror” as he bids for his third PGA Tour title of the season at RBC Heritage.

Smith fired the first of two holes in the final round on Sunday to close the gap on Scotty Scheffler with just one shot before swinging two volleys in the third, with Scheffler blasting for a little birdie and Smith breaking out from a similar spot before the green.

Having fallen further behind with a bogey in fourth, Smith Bird rounded out the 11th – the toughest hole in Augusta National all week – to move back to third, then set off on day 12 at Ray Creek.

Smith's hopes of winning his first major Masters title collapsed in the infamous 12th place with a triple bogey

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Smith’s hopes of winning his first major Masters title collapsed in the infamous 12th place with a triple bogey

Smith’s hopes of winning his first major Masters title collapsed in the infamous 12th place with a triple bogey

“My game is in good shape, I’m happy with the way I think I coped after that, and yes I’m really looking forward to competing again this week. It’s a bit in the rearview mirror now.”

Cameron Smith

The 28-year-old, who won the Sentry Tournament of Champions and Players earlier this year, battled the resulting triple bogey to finish third, his third best of five in six Masters games.

“It’s been a really good week, another really good week,” Smith said at a pre-tournament press conference at Harbor Town Golf Links.

“I felt really comfortable last week and it was good to be in competition on Sunday. It might have been a little frustrating, but Scotty played some really good golf there near the end, so hats off to him.

“I don’t think I was in spools (Sunday night). I just got frustrated. I feel like a very good swing away from really struggling and that is the case in golf, especially around this golf course.

“I feel sometimes you can even take some really good golf shots and end up doing ghost work and doubles there. So yeah, a little frustrating.

“My game is in good shape, I’m happy with the way I think I coped after that, and yes I’m really looking forward to competing again this week. It’s a bit in the rearview mirror now.”

Smith explained what it means for him to have his family with him as he scored an unforgettable win at The Players

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Smith explained what it means for him to have his family with him as he scored an unforgettable win at The Players

Smith explained what it means for him to have his family with him as he scored an unforgettable win at The Players

Smith isn’t the only Masters competitor making the three-hour trip between Augusta and Hilton Head, with Shane Lowry, Colin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Dustin Johnson and Songjay M all in the field.

Lowry also recovered from a triple bogey in the final round – in fourth – to share a third place with Smith, while Morikawa finished fifth after closing in on a 67 that includes a holeshot on Day 18, moments after partner Rory McIlroy played. He did so at 64.

Stuart Sink, who finished 16th in the second round of the Masters, is back to defend the title he won by four strokes last year.

What are the other majors for this year?

Scotty Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke supremacy in the 18th green as he put four bullets into a double bogey to win his first major championship

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Scotty Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke supremacy in the 18th green as he put four bullets into a double bogey to win his first major championship

Scotty Scheffler made the most of his five-stroke supremacy in the 18th green as he put four bullets into a double bogey to win his first major championship

Schaeffler will now be seeking another major success in the PGA Championship from May 19-22, which is being held at Southern Hills Country Club for the first time since Woods won there in 2007, with the next US Open being held at the Country Club in Brooklyn. 16-19 June.

The men’s main season then culminates in the 150th Open from July 14-17, with Woods confirming he intends to play at St Andrews, with all the top teams returning exclusively this year on Sky Sports Golf.

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