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Cameron Smith says that the quest to win Olympic golf gold will give him the perfect pick-me-up after "a day that sucked" at the British Open.
Australia's No.1 men's golfer was flying back from the UK to his Florida base on Monday, doubtless still feeling a little chastened after a calamitous final round of 74 at Royal St George's.
It was the day's joint-second worst of any player in the field - and proved an anti-climactic end to Smith's latest bid to win a major.
While 24-year-old American Collin Morikawa was soaking up the superlatives being heaped on him after his consummate Open triumph, Smith was trying to extricate as many positives as possible from his last-round meltdown - which featured three double bogeys.
The Queenslander had felt he was capable of challenging for the Claret Jug even after starting Sunday six shots behind third round leader Louis Oosthuizen.
Instead, although he finished tied-33rd, 13 shots adrift of the 'champion golfer of the year' Morikawa, Smith was still adamant that he's playing well enough to challenge for gold for Australia at the Tokyo Games.
There's a short turnaround at his Jacksonville home before he leaves for Japan on Sunday, along with his friend and other Australian men's representative Marc Leishman.
"It's kind of disappointing to end the week like this but I feel like my game's in a really good spot, I feel like I'm playing really good golf," Smith said.
"Three rounds this week in Sandwich, I'm up there.
"A couple of tweaks here or there and I'm sure I'll be up the leaderboard at the Olympics."
Asked if he was in need of a tonic that an Olympic appearance might provide, the 27-year-old conceded: "Yes, we've got a really busy end of the year, there's no point in really dwelling on what happened today.
"That's just how golf is sometimes, you've just got to get on with it... Days like this suck but you end up learning so much from them."
What spurs Smith on is his pride in playing for Australia.
"Any chance I can get to represent my country, that's the biggest honour you can have as a professional," he said.
"Any chance I can get to represent the green and gold, I'm there - and I'll give it my best.
While excited to be returning to Japan, where "I love the golf courses over there, they're pristine", Smith is disappointed that the spectator ban at the Olympics will mean there'll be nothing like the atmosphere that prevailed at Sandwich as 32,000 fans a day cheered on the players.
"We've just started getting back into playing in front of these crowds again in the last couple of months... so it'll be hard to get back with no one out there watching on the course - but we'll make the most of it," he said.