Smith strikes it hot at WGC event

Australia's Cameron Smith is one shot behind leader Brooks Koepka at the WGC-Workday Championship after posting a fine second-round 66 on Friday.

CAMERON SMITH.
CAMERON SMITH. Picture: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images

By his own admission, Cameron Smith has hit more balls in practice in the last fortnight than he has done all of last year which is giving him a new-found confidence.

And that could spell an ominous warning to his rivals at the WGC-Workday Championship where the world No.27 sits just one back off Brooks Koepka, who leads the tournament at 11-under after his 66.

The Queenslander matched Koepka's six-under score at The Concession to share second with Billy Horschel and Collin Morikawa midway through the tournament.

Smith finds himself in the mix again for the first time since his breakthrough victory in the Sony Open in Hawaii on January 12, and there's a good reason for it.

"Probably just got a little bit content there, thought everything was good," said Smith. "It was still decent, but it definitely wasn't my best stuff.

"The last few weeks I feel like I've probably done more practice in the last two weeks than I have the last year. Just goes to show what a little bit of hard work can do."

Smith is happy with his game, with his bogey on the 12th his only blemish to go with seven birdies on Friday.

"It was just really solid. I could have got pretty cross at myself after the 12th hole, probably one of the easiest holes out here today but knew there was a couple tough holes coming up and didnt want to play those holes with a bad attitude.

"I just feel like I'm playing really solid at the moment. This is probably the best my ballstriking's felt to myself in a very long time."

Compatriot Jason Day also enjoyed a solid round to move up the field.

The former world No.1 posted a three-under 69 to move to four-under for the tournament in joint 17th spot.

Wade Ormsby, who opened with a brilliant 68, shot 74 to be two under for the tournament along with Marc Leishman (70).

Adam Scott had another round of even par which left him in a tie for 43rd.

Koepka recorded seven birdies before making bogey on his final hole.

This is the eighth career 36-hole lead or co-lead for Koepka, and he's converted two of them into victories at the 2017 US Open and 2019 PGA Championship.

The world No.12 is out to become this season's first multiple winner after lifting the 2021 Phoenix Open on February 7.