At the start of Sunday, Cameron Smith must have believed he needed to hook a Great. White to win the 150th Open Championship by mastering the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Not just any Great White was terrifying the field, either. It was Rory McIlroy, the undisputed fan favourite, who appeared to have the support of the entire old hamlet. He pursued the Claret Jug. This was a 30-footer, or three tonnes of him, in “Jaws” terminology. He had kept almost all of his colleagues on edge for the first three days, and at the end of the third round. He shared the lead with Viktor Hovland and was four shots ahead of the pack. Follow satiknews.com for latest updates!!!
Cameron Smith, though, was the Australian man with the scraggly mullet. Who was not terrifying anyone despite his resume which included a victory in the Players. Smith’s chances were minimal because of his physique and the fact that. He was four strokes off the lead and McIlroy was in full swing after rounds of 66, 68, and 66.
The most potent weapon of the day, though, was unleashed. The person who would rather hold a rod and reel than a 9-iron. Smith reversed the script and defeated McIlroy. The rest of the field to add a Claret Jug to his collection, fifty years after fellow Australian Ken Nagle upset fan favourite Arnold Palmer to win the Open at the Home of Golf in its centennial year.
With birdies from 5 feet on the 10th, 20 feet on the 11th, 12 feet on the 12th. 18 feet on the 13th, and a tap-in for a two-putt from more than 100 feet on the 14th, Smith finished with a score of 72. Smith now holds the lead after McIlroy was snared by the five straight birdies.
The Road Hole, the hardest hole on the course, is where Cameron Smith made his biggest putt. Smith putted around the hazard to 10 feet and then sank the putt for par to keep his lead after his approach shot missed the fabled Road Hole Bunker.
The 72nd hole was where he made his subsequent massive putts. Smith drove the green and nipped his opening putt to three feet from 80 feet out. However, playing partner Cameron Young had driven the green before sinking a 15-footer for eagle to briefly tie Smith. Smith won his first major championship by calmly stepping into his putt and making it.
Cameron Smith shot 20-under 268 after finishing with an 8-under-par 64. The 28-year-old has won two Australian PGA Championships on the DP World Tour in addition to six PGA Tour championships.
Young, who was ranked in the 500s at the start of last summer and is most likely. The PGA Tour Rookie of the Year, closed with a 65 to finish at 19 under. Earlier this year, he competed into the last stages of the PGA Championship.
This defeat will hurt for McIlroy. His Holy Grail this year, he had declared, will be victory at St. Andrews. A major championship drought of eight years was something he was hoping to break. He had eight holes left to play and was ahead by two. He scored 70 to place third at 18 under, although he failed to make a birdie over his final eight holes.
Tommy Fleetwood (67) and Hovland tied for fourth place (74).
After finishing quickly with a 66, Brian Harman and Dustin Johnson are tied for sixth place at 13 under. Jordan Spieth (68), Patrick Cantlay (68), and Bryson DeChambeau were all at 12 under par. Spieth won the 2017 Open (66).