sport news Aussie Cameron Smith left furious after rival's bizarre 15-minute delay stuns ... trends now

sport news Aussie Cameron Smith left furious after rival's bizarre 15-minute delay stuns ... trends now
sport news Aussie Cameron Smith left furious after rival's bizarre 15-minute delay stuns ... trends now

sport news Aussie Cameron Smith left furious after rival's bizarre 15-minute delay stuns ... trends now

Aussie golf star Cameron Smith has fallen ruefully short of his third win of the year in one of the most extraordinary tournament finishes that golf aficionados could remember.

Smith looked unusually content to settle for second to New Zealander Ben Campbell at the Hong Kong Open after Thai Phachara Khongwatmai's brazen conduct late in the final round.

Holding a one-shot lead over Smith with three holes to play, Khongwatmai cut his drive on the par-4 16th into the local flora at Asian Tour's Hong Kong Golf Club.

After failing to hack his second shot out of the bushes, Khongwatmai virtually held the tournament to ransom as he agonised and antagonised over his next move.

He pushed the rules to the boundary in seeking an unplayable lie, and left the mild-mannered Smith and especially Campbell exasperated with his attempts to gain an advantage from his own poor play.

Cam Smith was unimpressed with his rival Phachara Khongwatmai who made him wait more than 15 minutes while attempting to figure out his move

Cam Smith was unimpressed with his rival Phachara Khongwatmai who made him wait more than 15 minutes while attempting to figure out his move

Khongwatmai pulled an entire branch and vines out of the way to play his shot

Khongwatmai pulled an entire branch and vines out of the way to play his shot

While Khongwatmai selfishly sought relief from his lie in the bushes as his playing partners had to wait, Smith and Campbell protested.

'He's broken these branches here,' Campbell told officials, to no avail, while pointing to the vegetation in question. 'Look at that, these just got broken ... Wow.'

As Smith walked away, seemingly in dismay and disgust while possibly also trying to retain focus, international TV commentators couldn''t believe what they were witnessing.

'I've never seen this before,' one said.

'You get the impression his playing partners are not happy.'

Fans watching were left stunned by Khongwatmai's actions and took to social media to complain.

'I understand you can remove a branch that’s already broken, but can you use it to clear a heap of bush out of the way while you’re moving it? Surely if it’s

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