Cameron Smith rallies to win British Open, his first major

The mullet. the hammer

Rocking-looking Cameron Smith, leaching putt after putt, put on a dramatic run – five straight birdies – down the Old Course back nine on Sunday to pass fan favorite Rory McIlroy and fend off American Cameron Young to take the 150th place .British Open to win .

It was the first major championship for Smith, who became the first Australian to win the Claret Jug since Greg Norman in 1986.

“What a week. I’m going to collapse here, I know it,” said an emotional Smith during the trophy presentation. Raising the Claret Jug in a cracked voice, he thanked his team for their hard work and said, “This one is definitely worth it .”

Norman, the CEO and commissioner of LIV Golf, has been asked by the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews not to play in this year’s tournament despite being a two-time winner. His role in the league of the promoted is correspondingly controversial.

The Open rankings showed two overhead cams: Smith shot a 64 with no bogey, Young a 65.

Smith shagged 18 to go on 20 under par 268, meaning McIlroy had to eagle it to force a playoff. His eagle chip skipped past the hole.

Meanwhile, Young, playing with Smith, conquered the 18th hole to move up to second place.

Ahead of the tournament, the affable Smith said he’d clip his signature mullet if he won, but seemed to back down that prospect immediately.

“I’ve always said that if I won a tournament or did something good, I would quit,” he said. “And I’ve done that a few times this year, and it’s still there.

“So I’d like to say I’d call it off, but it probably won’t happen. I feel like it’s almost a part of me now. Like you said, people recognize the hair and it makes a few people laugh.

McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, who both shot 66 on Saturday, started Sunday’s round four shots clear of Cameron Smith and Young.

Hovland had seven pars and a bogey in the front nine, and McIlroy began to back away, building up a two-shot cushion.

Smith was three strokes behind at the turn but then birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie, birdie as he spun home.

McIlroy had several near putts on the back nine but couldn’t get a birdie to fend off Smith. The Australian passed him on the 14th hole.

McIlroy is still chasing that elusive fifth major after narrow misses on multiple occasions after four wins earlier in his career. He hasn’t won any of the 29 majors since his PGA championship win in 2014. He also won the British Open that year, a PGA Championship in 2012 and the US Open in 2011.

https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2022-07-17/british-open-round-4-cameron-smith Cameron Smith rallies to win British Open, his first major

Emma Bowman

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