Jack Trent – photo UNLV
Cameron Smith might well have finished as the leading Australian at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children open in Las Vegas but it was a fellow Queenslander who stole the Australian limelight.
20 year old amateur, Jack Trent, who earned a start in the event courtesy of winning a collegiate event earlier this year as an attendee at the University of Nevada, produced an outstanding debut in a PGA Tour event by firstly making the cut then recording a final round of 68 to finish in a share of 29th.
His effort was dampened a little by a double bogey at his 72nd hole but he will look back on the week with the most positive of memories including his practice round with fellow Queenslander, Adam Scott, earlier in the week.
“Yeah, that was a special moment,” said Trent referring to his round with Scott. “I think I was more nervous on the first tee with him than at the tournament. Really super guy, really chilled, relaxed, easy to talk to; beautiful swing as well. He made it really easy and comfortable for me starting off the week, yeah.”
Trent actually finished ahead of Scott this week after Australia’s leading ranked player quadruple bogeyed his 4th hole today after visiting a native vegetation area. Scott slipped 34 places with his round of 74 to finish 42nd.
The manner in which he handled such a significant milestone in his career (a PGA Tour debut) augurs well for Trent who also made it to the match play stages of the US Amateur two months ago.
Smith’s last round of 65 earned him a share of 13th and is a positive rebound from a missed cut in his last start at the Sandersons Farms Championship.
Matt Jones tied with Trent for 29th and Aaron Baddeley was 37th.
The event was won by Kevin Na who parred the second extra hole of a playoff against Patrick Cantlay to win for the second time at the TPC Summerlin. Both players had parred the first extra hole before Na sealed his 4th PGA Tour title despite a near disastrous triple bogey at his 10th hole today.
The PGA Tour will now move to Humble in Texas for the re-scheduled Houston Open.
“I haven’t been to school in three weeks so I don’t even know what my teachers look like anymore…”
We reckon shooting 67-69-66-68 in your @PGATOUR debut is a good enough reason to miss a few classes, Jack Trent! 🇦🇺 Great stuff, mate!
— Golf Australia (@GolfAust) October 6, 2019