2022 Masters: Cam Smith’s late triple bogey ruins his green jacket controversy, halves his payout

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Cameron Smith may have cost himself the 2022 Masters, a green jacket and a lot of change on Sunday after a flub-filled 12th hole. Just moments after getting one shot over 36- and 54-hole leader Scottie Scheffler at the par-4 11th to cut his deficit to three strokes, Smith immediately turned and lost three strokes with a triple bogey at a challenging par 3.

Smith’s cheating may have ultimately decided the Masters, and it almost certainly had a major impact on his record $15 million Masters purse payout.

His first approach on the 155-yard hole came up short and was just shy of the green. After a drop, he didn’t take a chance on another water ball and instead flew the green. From there, he ran well past the pin and later laughed off his attempt to save a double bogey before putting a six on the scorecard.

It was Smith’s first triple bogey or worse on the PGA Tour since the final round of the 2021 Travelers Championship, and arguably the most important round of his young career.

He was fast enough to finish second in the championship, a payout of $1.62 million, but he went on to finish T3, earning $870,000 instead – a difference of $750,000.

“Just a really bad move at the wrong time,” Smith said of his effort on the 12th. “It was a really good number. It was a very nice 9 iron. I wasn’t even trying to get close to that pin, and, yeah, just a bad move.”

Scheffler made a par on the 12th as part of a major move that moved the leaderboard significantly, moving Smith into third and Rory McIlroy into second. Moments later, McIlroy birdied the 18th to finish as the clubhouse leader at 7 under for the week. Scheffler, however, finished at 10 under, taking home the green jacket and his first career major. McIlroy finished second and Smith – who played the last six holes at 1 under – finished in a tie for third with Shane Lowry at 5 under.

“Obviously I was frustrated after the 12th hole today,” Smith said, “but I hung in there and tried to finish on a positive note.”

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