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Field day just what Cam needed

Grant Field and Cam Smith
Grant Field bumps knuckles with Cam Smith after his young charge's closing 63 at Greensboro. Picture: @TourMiss

Cam Smith knew something wasn't quite right, so put in the call to long-time coach Grant Field.

It might prove to be the best call of many great ones this season by the young Queenslander.

Field headed home from his North Carolina visit yesterday with his charge not only with his pockets bulging, but full of confidence for a massive month ahead - his debut in the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Before Field’s arrival at Greensboro last Monday, Smith had missed five of six PGA Tour events cuts since he combined with Swede Jonas Blixt to win the Zurich Classic.

But thanks to their great relationship and the QAS head coach's intimate knowledge of Smith's swing, all that seems instantly a long time ago.

Smith displayed the form that took him to victory in New Orleans with rounds of 63-69-70-63 to share seventh place in the Wyndham Championship.

Smith began his final round in dramatic style holing his second shot for an eagle two at the par-four first and while he bogeyed the second, he then landed his second shot at the par-five fifth inside 2m and holed the eagle putt.

Birdies followed at the eighth, 13th, 15th and 17th holes, much to the delight of Field who watched contentedly from behind the ropes as his star pupil landed his fifth top-10 of the US PGA Tour season and jumped five spots from 45th to 40th on the FedEx Cup standings.

"Cameron played really well and to finish with a 63 was very pleasing," Field said.

"He was a little unfortunate on Friday and Saturday as I felt he played good all week and then to finish with a 63 that could have been easily a 62 or lower as he hit the edge of the cup on about three or four occasions.

"I came over here on Monday and we worked on the things that we have always done and that was the get Cameron back to playing like we know Cameron can play.

"He has not been quite as aggressive with his play as he was near the start of the season, so we worked on that along with a number of other little things in his game.

"So there were no alarm bells ringing - we just got Cameron working on those things he does well.

"It was good for me to also look at stuff that has been happening the last few weeks or so on his game and to be here over in the (United) States for this week and help him out.

"Cameron is in really good shape heading to playoffs and that was our goal this week to try to get some momentum going into the playoffs.

"The great thing also (is that) it is good to see Cameron bounce back so well here in Greensboro after some average weeks, so that is very pleasing."

Field’s visit was his third journey to the US this year for the Pelican Waters-based coach.

And nobody was happier to see him than Smith.

"It is a great last round to take into my first playoff series," Smith said.

"I am very pleased with what I managed to achieve this week and having Grant here has advanced me a long way from where I was last week.

"I felt also I could have shot 63 or lower for all four days, but then things didn’t all go my way on Friday and Saturday.

"My play on Friday and Saturday was not all that wrong and I showed today with that 63 that the game is in very good shape heading to Long Island (this week for the Northern Trust, the first of four playoff events)."

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