Cameron Smith sees off McIlroy to win the Open at St. Andrews



Australian Cameron Smith claimed his first major title on Sunday after a stunning final round of 64 in which he won the 150th British Open at St Andrews by a single stroke.

Smith started the day with four shots from the leader, but his eight-under final round took him to 20-under for the championship and allowed him to complete the shot ahead of Cameron Young of the United States, with an upset Rory McIlroy throwing another shot. again on the third.

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At the age of 28, Smith became the first Australian in nearly three decades to win the British Open since Greg Norman won his second Claret pitcher at Royal St George’s in 1993.

McIlroy, this week’s favorite, started the day with a 16-under par lead alongside Norway’s Viktor Hovland, but the Northern Irishman had to regret a run of missed birdie strikes in his last two-under match. nominal round of 70, as he finished at the age of 18.

When Hovland lost heavily with 74, it left the door open for one of the pursuers, and Smith took full advantage with an incredible play on the back nine.

After reaching a two-under turn in his round, the world number six started a streak of five consecutive birdies on the 10th hole and then made another one on the last.

Shortly before, he had shown nerves of steel to keep par at 17th, the legendary Road Hole, but he needed that birdie on the last hole as his playing partner Young produced heads to finish at 65 and finish at 19-under.

The playoffs were avoided, and the Brisbane native with his trademark mullet took his first major.

This comes after he finished third at this year’s Masters, a tournament he also placed second in 2020.

McIlroy’s quest for a fifth major title, eight years after his last, continues and he can only wonder what might have been if he had been more ruthless on the lawns around St. Andrews.

He was looking to win his second British Open since Hoylake in 2014.

Tommy Fleetwood of England finished fourth alongside Hovland with a score of 14 under par.