Australian Cameron Smith put in one of the best putting performances on the US PGA Tour on his way to an eight under par 62 to finish second after the second round of the World Golf Championship St Jude Invitational.
Smith had only 18 putts, the fewest putts in a round in the history of the Tour, and had a chance to break the eight-yard record for birdie on the final hole.
Cameron Smith did a breathtaking lap with the putter in the USA.Credit:Getty
“It’s a pretty cool little title I think to have next to your name,” said Smith after the bogey-free round.
The putting record is held by Smith, Sam Trahan, Mike McGee, Kenny Knox, Andy North, Jim McGovern, Corey Pavin, Ken Duke and Blake Adams.
Smith’s 18 putts covered a total of 34 yards during a round with six birdies and an eagle on the third par 5 hole, where he pitted from a green bunker.
He’s in second place at 11 under former Australian Open champion Abraham Ancer, two strokes behind Harris English, who maintained his first-round lead at 65.
Smith also had a fantastic start to the round from the green on the fourth hole with par 3 and later gave the course recognition.
“The greens are so good here,” he said. “When you start the ball online and do a good putt, they usually go in. Yeah, just really a good day on the greens I guess.
“I probably didn’t drive as well as yesterday, but the driveways were really nice.