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Cameron Smith and Ripper GC on course for first-ever team trophy at LIV Golf London

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Cameron Smith and his team, Ripper GC, find themselves in a promising position to end their podium drought at the LIV Golf London tournament.

With a commanding lead going into the final round at Centurion Club, the Australian lineup is hopeful of not only claiming their first-ever team trophy but also securing a victory for Smith on the individual leaderboard.

Despite their previous struggles to reach the podium this season, Ripper GC has showcased resilience in England, setting themselves apart as one of the top contenders at LIV Golf London. Currently holding a one-shot lead over the defending London champion, Stinger GC, the Rippers are well-positioned to clinch victory.

Cameron Smith has been the standout performer of the tournament thus far, holding a three-shot lead on the individual leaderboard. Smith, who already boasts an individual win from last season's LIV Golf Chicago event, now has the opportunity to make history by adding another victory under his belt, while simultaneously leading Ripper GC to their first team triumph.

“In our group chat, we’ve said multiple times that we need to get up there and spray champagne over each other,” Smith said after his 4-under 67 moved him to 12 under. “I think that would be a pretty fun experience. Still work to be done on the individual side, but it would be nice to see us at the top of the leaderboard on the team side, as well.” Smith and teammate Marc Leishman have handled the bulk of the contributions through the first two days, with Leishman among the group of pursuers tied for second at 9 under after shooting 69 on Saturday. Matt Jones contributed a 67 to match Smith’s round, and the fourth member of the team, Jediah Morgan, shot a 69 to match Leishman’s counting score. “If we can look after the individual, play as well as we can, all shoot good scores, the team stuff will take care of itself,” Leishman said, who will play with his captain in the same group for the second consecutive round. “Hopefully I can make a bit of a run at Cam tomorrow and make things interesting.”