Cam Smith can afford to party as hard as he wants after receiving a monster check for winning the Open Championship on Monday.
Cameron Smith said he was going to celebrate his Open Championship triumph with beer and lots of beer.
Wherever he ends up drinking, you can bet every round will be on the Aussie after his incredible luck.
Smith receives a $3.68 million winner’s check after completing one shot at the top of the leaderboard in St. Andrews ahead of American Cameron Young.
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The stunning first big win of his career boosted the Queenslander’s season earnings to a whopping $13.5 million and was a continuation of the monstrous paycheck he received at this year’s PGA Players Championship.
Smith won what was known as the unofficial “fifth major” in March and took home a cool $5 million for his efforts.
The 28-year-old also won the Tournament of Champions in Hawaii earlier this year, which, along with a handful of other impressive results, saw his bank account skyrocket.
Smith has earned over $13.5 million in prize money this season alone – his highest-grossing year since turning pro – and boasts career earnings of over $37 million.
This year’s The Open offered $20.5 million in prize money, the largest prize pool in the history of the prestigious tournament.
“There have been significant changes in prize money over the past year,” said R&A CEO Martin Slumbers. “Therefore, we increased the prize pool by 22 percent, which means that the prize pool has increased by more than 60 percent since 2016.”
Open prize pool: Top 10
1st place: $3,680,000 – Cameron Smith
2nd place: $2,140,000 – Cameron Young
3rd place: $1,372,000 – Rory McIlroy
4th: $1,066,000 – Tommy Fleetwood, Victor Hovland ($654,000 each)
5th place: $857,000
6th: $743,000 – Brian Harman, Dustin Johnson ($469,500 each)
7th place: $638,000
8th: $538,000 – Patrick Cantley, Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth ($325,666 each)
9th place: $472,000
Smith’s first Major will be a difficult one as the Brisbane player scored a brilliant 64 when it was most important to match the under-par British Open 20 record.
“Winning the Open Championship in itself is likely to be the highlight of a golfer’s career,” Smith said. “To do it around St. Andrews is just incredible.”
Everything seemed set for Rory McIlroy to end his eight-year wait to win another major tournament as the Northern Irishman shared a one-night lead with Victor Hovland, four shots ahead of Smith.
Despite not missing a shot all day, world number two was still two shots short of the winning mark.
“This week I was beaten by the best player. Shooting 64 to win the St. Andrews Open is a hell of a show,” McIlroy said. Hats off to Cam, he had an incredible week.
However, Smith’s performance over the past four days did not come as a shock to one of the best players in the world this year.
The 28-year-old won the Players’ Championship, considered the fifth major, in March and set a new PGA record by winning the Tournament of Champions by 34 under par in January.
“Having the Players walk away with a win at the start of the year, with the best course, was a really big boost in confidence,” Smith said.
“I knew it wouldn’t be long before I got one of these. I knocked on the door, I think maybe too many times already. So it’s nice to do it.”
Originally published as Cameron Smith made incredible profits after winning the British Open