News   |    July 18th, 2022

SMITH STUNS AT ST ANDREWS

Sunday saw the finale to the 150th Open Championship hosted at St Andrews in Scotland. With fierce competition throughout the campaign, it would be Cameron Smith to run out champion by a stroke to the American Cameron Young, as Rory McIlroy takes third spot.

This gives the Australian his first major, scoring an exceptional bogey-free eight-under-par 64, featuring five successive birdies from the 10th, to win on 20 under par overall. Holding his nerve, Smith rolled in a three-foot birdie putt to avoid a playoff with Young.

Four-time major winner McIlroy, who led overnight by four shots alongside Viktor Hovland, closed with a two-under 70 to finish third, while Hovland shot a 74 to slip to 14 under and joint fourth place with England’s Tommy Fleetwood, who closed with a bogey-free 67.

“I got beaten by the better player this week. To shoot 64 to win an Open Championship at St Andrews is one hell of a showing, so hats off to Cam, he’s had an unbelievable week.” Says Rory.

Smith is the first Australian to win the championship since 1993, when Greg Norman shot a final round of 64 to claim his second open. The 28-year-old goes on to say “To have the 150th Open at St Andrews and to walk away with the win is something I’ve dreamt of,” he said. “It’s unreal to look at the names on this trophy and then see mine.”

Following his victory, unfortunately some of Golf’s current controversy shadowed the euphoria of the win. Cameron was asked about the LIV Golf series and whether he would join fellow Australian and two-time Open Champion Greg Norman, responding with, “I don’t know, mate. My team worries about all that stuff. I’m here to win golf tournaments.” He added: “I just won The Open, and you’re asking about that. I think that’s not good.”

Quite rightly Smith was taken back by the poorly timed and topically inappropriate questioning, taking the shine off of his triumph. Sadly, until the LIV Golf series and the PGA Tour find a neutral compromise and until the athletes make their decisions as to where to go, Golf will continue to fall victim to this unwanted speculation.

In the meantime, Cameron Smith has won his first ever major, in the hope of being the first of many, and nobody can take that away from the world number six.

Photo by Sky Sports

Alfie Bobbins - Business Manager, Integral Sports Management

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