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Cameron Smith bags British Open title after Rory McIlroy falters

Cameron Smith bags British Open title after Rory McIlroy falters

Jul 18
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Cameron Smith finally won his first major title following a hard-fought battle against the home crowd favorite and four-time major champion, Rory Mcllroy. Smith is the first Australian to win at St. Andrews since Kel Nagle in 1960.

Smith came to the Old Course with one thing in mind, winning his first major championship. In his career, the Australian player has won six PGA Tour titles, but has come up short in the majors, finishing second in 2020 at The Masters behind Dustin Johnson, and 13th in this year’s PGA Championship.

Smith performed brilliantly this past weekend and had many clutch moments that made the crowd gasp in amazement.

He made eight birdies on the final day and his 8-under 64 was the lowest recorded by a champion. In addition, Smith’s score of 268 was the best ever on the Old Course.

The Best Ever

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On Sunday, Cameron Smith had the lowest score ever shot on the final back nine by an Open champion when he simply couldn’t miss a putt.

  • Cameron Smith

    Cameron Smith (born 18 August 1993) is an Australian professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour and is the current Open champion. He has won six times on the PGA Tour, including the 2022 Players Championship and the 2022 Open Championship. He was also runner-up in the 2020 Masters Tournament.

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First Major secured

Smith secured the victory by just one stroke ahead of Cameron Young and the American praised Smith for his brilliant performance in Scotland.

“I think it’s just another example of why he’s one of the very best,” Young added. “He made a really good decision and executed it perfectly. Today kind of just is more proof that he is that good, and he is one of the very, very best players in the world.”

The 28-year-old Aussie was glad that he finally could write his name on a major championship title.

“I think that’s just where I’m at at the moment,” Smith said. "Towards the end of last year, I had a lot of chances and really didn’t get over the line. I think that made me more eager, I guess, at the start of the year to really knuckle down and try and get over the line."

- Cameron Smith

The Open in pictures

Aussies who have won the British open

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Smith became only the fifth Australian to win The Open, joining five-time champion Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, two-time champion Greg Norman, and Ian Baker-Finch. The only other Australians to win at St. Andrews were Thomson in 1955 and Nagle in 1960.

The stage was set

Meanwhile, former World No. 1 Mcllroy also aimed to put an end to his eight-year drought in majors and it would be a momentous occasion if he could win his fifth major title in the UK.

However, fate decided differently.  It was not just meant to be for Mcllroy, as he struggled to make a putt early.

The Northern Irishmen made his best last attempt with a shot at a 15-foot birdie on the notorious Road Hole at No. 17, but it ended up missing to the left.

Jul 17, 2022; St. Andrews, SCT; Rory McIlroy reacts after a putt on the sixth green during the final round of the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

"The putter went cold on me," McIlroy said. "When both Camerons -- especially Smith -- went on that run on the back nine, I had to dig deep to make birdies. And I just couldn't. I got beaten by the better player this week. To go out and shoot 64 to win the Open Championship at St. Andrews is a hell of a showing. Hats off to Cam."

- Rory McIlroy

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