Golf star Cameron Smith’s sensational mullet

A luscious new mullet haircut and a run at a maiden major championship title may help golf star Cameron Smith finally overtake his rugby league namesake as a household name in Australian sport this year.

Smith’s $US13 million ($A17 million) career earnings on the US PGA Tour would already surpass that of outgoing NRL player Smith, but the golfer still sits in the shadows of the Melbourne Storm and Queensland Origin great.

However, that may change this year as the world No. 29’s career continues to rise and he eyes another big year in golf.

Last year, Smith won his first individual tournament on the US PGA Tour at the Sony Open and finished tied for second at the Masters at Augusta National in November.

Smith is putting the final touches on preparations for his title defence in Hawaii this week, the first full-field US PGA Tour event of 2021, which kicks off Friday AEDT at the Waialae CC in Honolulu.

Cameron Smith is the defending golf champion at this week’s Sony Open in Hawaii having won the 2020 edition. Picture: Gregory Shamus/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

The 27-year-old Smith, a diehard Brisbane Broncos fan, will tee off in Hawaii with his mullet on show and admits the hairstyle was inspired by NRL players. He said the haircut would remain.

“I saw a few of the rugby league boys at home doing it,” Smith said as he ran his fingers through his long locks.

“It was a great time to do it during quarantine, just something fun. Make people have a laugh about it. I've just kept it going.”

"It's almost turned into my good luck charm."

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Smith, a two-time winner of the Australian PGA Championship, said the mullet he began growing last year helped promote his laid-back attitude.

“I’ve almost turned (the mullet) into my good luck charm,” Smith said. “It’s not bad. I think it needs a little bit of a trim at the front. I’d really like to go full business at the front and party at the back.”

Cameron Smith won the 2020 Sony Open in Hawaii as bushfires raged in his native Australia. Picture: Harry How/Getty Images/AFPSource:AFP

It also helped him out of a mid-year slump when poor results followed his emotional victory as bushfires raged in Australia.

However, in late 2020, Smith finished tied fourth at a PGA Tour event in Los Angeles before coming within a whisker of winning his first major.

Cameron Smith plays a shot on the 13th hole during the final round of the Masters at Augusta National. Picture: Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

At a fanless Masters held in an unusual date in November due to COVID-19, Smith went toe-to-toe with eventual winner Dustin Johnson in the final round at Augusta before earning his first runner-up at a major.

Augusta National GC announced on Wednesday that the 2021 tournament, reverting to its traditional April date, would allow a limited number of spectators on the hallowed grounds in the US state of Georgia.

Smith, knowing he has the game to join countryman Adam Scott as a green jacket winner of the Masters, welcomed the move.

“Absolutely, we miss the fans out here every week,” Smith said. “I mean, I feel as though the atmosphere around there was obviously down (in November).

“It's such a unique place in that you can hear everything that’s going on throughout whole course. I think if we get a few (fans) out there, it will definitely make a difference.”

Smith also joined Scott in expressing a desire to represent Australia on the men’s golf team should the postponed Tokyo Olympics go ahead in July. If the team was finalised now, Scott and Smith would be the Australian team based on world rankings selection criteria.

“I haven’t really thought about it, but it’s still one of my goals,” he said. “I’d love to be there.”

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