LIV’in large: Recharged Smyth set for Aus Open Run

David Tease
November 28, 2023

A recharged Travis Smyth has spent as much time relaxing alongside friends as he has been working on his game for this week’s ISPS Handa Australian Open.

“It feels fantastic to be back here, seeing familiar faces, playing courses I grew up playing on; it’s exciting,” Smyth said while practising at The Lakes today.

“I’ve spent the last week hanging with friends I haven’t seen for a while. It’s been good, it kind of feels like I just have this golf tournament on the side, but it’s been really nice.”

Travis Smyth talks to Golf NSW about this week’s Australian Open Championship.

Riding high after his best-ever year on the growing Asian Tour, Smyth hopes a good result at The Lakes & The Australian Golf Clubs will parlay itself into a deep run at next week’s LIV Tour Qualifying Tournament in Abu Dhabi.

“I’ve found my feet in Asia over the last few years,” Smyth said. “It’s been a consistent year; I haven’t missed a cut.”

“We have one more event left (in Asia), hopefully, I can go miss-cut-less!”

Riding a wave of form, the former Shellharbour resident said he was thrilled with how his game was coming together so close to what could be one of the more important weeks of his young career.

“I really like the way my game is shaping up this week,” Smyth said while working under the watchful eye of his coach, Dean Kinney.

“I feel there’s some room for improvement, which is the exciting part.”

Smyth’s best finish in the Aussie Open, a tie for 10th way back in 2018 during his rookie year on tour, is a distant memory for the 29-year-old. Since then, he has made limited starts in the championship, often due to clashes with big-money events on the Asian Tour.

“I’m looking forward to this week. The courses are good, and the greens are perfect; it should be tough, competitive golf, so it should be fun.”

Come Sunday evening, Smyth’s attention will turn to the 2024 LIV Golf Qualifying Tournament, which begins in Abu Dhabi on December 8.

“There’s a lot on the line next week in Abu Dhabi,” he explained. “Three spots are up for grabs, and to get one of them could be a US $2 million deal for me, minimum, so I hope I bring my A-Game for sure.”

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