Cameron Smith is Australia’s $23million-dollar ‘mullet man’ who is planning an assault on golf’s no.1 ranking, and doing it on a diet of beer and meat pies.
The humble larrikin from Brisbane, 28, set a PGA Tour record over the weekend, finishing an astonishing 34-under par – in doing so moving into the world’s top 10.
Smith, who represented Australia at the Olympics in Tokyo, believes his easy going nature is the key to his lightning ascent in the sport.
‘I actually don’t remember a lot of the shots that I hit. I think that’s actually one of my greatest assets, is just forgetting,’ Smith told reporters.
‘I think I just need to keep doing what I’m doing.’
Cameron Smith is Australia’s $23million-dollar mulleted man who is planning an assault on golf’s no.1 ranking, and doing it on a diet of beer and meat pies
The 28-year-old has undergone a dramatic transformation from a skinny kid posting images to his social media asking followers how ‘how beautiful is my mum and sister?’ to the pin-up boy of Australian golf.
Smith is now sporting a mullet, following in the footsteps of other prominent Aussie athletes including Bailey Smith, Ryan Papenhuyzen and Taylor Walker.
The hairstyle came about during a drinking session with friends during the pandemic, with a series of bets and dares resulting in the clippers coming out.
‘We all just thought it was funny and I’ve just kind of rolled with it,’ Smith said when asked about his now famous mullet.
‘I’d rather people talk about my golf game than my hair but I guess it is what it is.’
Smith represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympics, shaving AUS into his iconic mullet
He’s admitted in the past he has a passion for cars, loves mowing the lawn and going to the pub with his mates, and said he’s found a close group of friends on tour in the form of former Masters champion Adam Scott, Jason Day, Marc Leishman and Matt Jones.
‘It’s kinda nice to have a family away from the family and to hear familiar voices. I would say collectively all the Aussie boys are pretty close,’ Smith said.
‘We’ve all got the same sense of humour and we always talk about the same things. Stuff at home. Fishing.
‘Leish loves his beer and he’s always excited about new beers that he’s doing. Just regular guys stuff, you know.’
Smith’s transformation from a skinny mummy’s boy to Australia’s multi-millionare mulleted hero
After a sensational 2021 that saw him finish tied-second at the Masters, a second-consecutive top 10 finish at Augusta, the Queenslander is targetting the top spot on the rankings which is currently held by John Rahm – who he beat by a stroke at the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Kapalua.
Despite his record-breaking win, Smith appears to have taken it all in his stride.
‘To be honest, I’m not a massive golf nerd, I guess. I don’t really know about records. I’m just out there to, just to compete against the best players in the world,’ he said.
Smith has listed his hobbies as going to the pub with mates, fishing and cars
‘All the guys are here that have won the year prior. They have all had a really good season, and they all know how to win. So to be able to win against the winners, I guess, is really cool.’
The $2million purse from his Hawaiian victory take his career earnings to a staggering $23million, but the larrikin Aussie says he doesn’t have any major plans for the money.
‘I’m quite content with where I’m at,’ he said.
‘I know mum’s car’s probably getting four or five years old, so maybe a new car for mum.’