Smith fires in Korea

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Cameron Smith drives towards a top-three finish in Korea. Image: Getty

Cameron Smith from Australia showed some of his best forms when he registered his best finish in a year at the CJ Cup at Nine Bridges on Jeju Island in South Korea on Sunday.

Smith finished in third place behind American Justin Thomas, who dominated to win by two shots.

With the Presidents Cup just two months away, Smith is on the right track, with consecutive top-15 finishes.

What is less clear is the situation of Jason Day with regard to the Cup in Royal Melbourne from December 12-15.

Day started with a 66 to be close to the lead, but faded in the past three days to finish on the 31st.

The Queenslander played in the 2011, 2013 and 2015 Presidents Cup and missed 2017 only due to an injury. But this time, he relies on Ernie Els to choose a captain to take the field for Royal Melbourne after finishing just outside the top eight qualifications for the international team.

Many people have speculated that Els & # 39; comment about different choices of his captain & # 39; obvious & # 39; indicates that he will select Day, which is clearly familiar with the conditions with sand tires, which the World Cup won in 2013 at "Royal".

But we won't know until the first week of November when both Els and the American captain, Tiger Woods, name the last four players in each of the 12-man teams.

New South Welshman Matt Jones carded the tie-low round of the last day, a 65, to end in a tie for the 20th in Korea.

LUCAS HERBERT has taken a step forward in its quest to retain its European Tour card for next season by finishing 14th in the Open de France in Paris behind Nicolas Coelsaerts of Belgium.

Victorian Herbert was in the bubble, but as the season came to an end, he jumped to 98th place on the Race To Dubai points list because he had to be somewhere in or close to the top 110.

IN JAPAN, Adam Scott came from far back to finish fifth in the Japan Open with a closing 69. He was the leading Australian along with Brad Kennedy and Brendan Jones.

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