Few believe Cameron Smith can win The Open Championship 2022 with a lead of up to four strokes into the final day.
Particularly considering that all of his rivals at The Old Course, including Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, are in excellent shape. However, on a day of ecstasy, the Australian golfer staged an incredible comeback at the 150th The Open Championship.
Despite making two birdies on holes 2 and 5, Cameron Smith was still three strokes behind Rory McIlroy’s lead after the first nine holes, when the Northern Irish golfer also made a birdie. Nevertheless, it is on the back nine when the defending champion The Players Championship demonstrates his daring. Australian golfer’s excellent iron approach and superb putts allowed him to collect 5 consecutive birdie points on holes 10-14 to officially take the lead. Cameron Smith hit one shot against Rory McIlroy and two shots against Cameron Young.
Then, all three players made Par on holes 15, 16, and 17. Cameron Young hit a 1 on the last hole and successfully put the eagle to close the deficit and put pressure on Cameron Smith. However, by selecting a cautious move, Cameron Smith had little issue hitting 2 on to bring the ball to the flag and comfortably get a birdie point on the next putt, while also winning The Open Championship for the first time.
“The final four to five holes are difficult, especially when the wind is blowing to the left.” All I had to do at the time was believe in myself. I’m very proud of how I played today, and I finally did it.” Cameron Smith revealed.
“Winning The Open is a prized achievement in the career of any golfer.” Incredibly, victory belongs to me.”
Smith’s final round of -8 strokes brought his total to -20 strokes after four days of play, shattering Tiger Woods’ (-19) negative score record at St. Andrews. In addition, the Australian golfer became only the second person in history to win both The Open and The Players Championship in the same year, following Jack Nicklaus in 1978.
Moreover, the Open Championship earned Cameron Smith $ 2.5 million in prize money and propelled the Australian golfer to No. 2 in the world (from No. 6).
Cameron Young (65) finished second with a score of -19 strokes. With this accomplishment, as well as his second-place finish at the PGA Championship earlier this year, the American golfer is on track to become the PGA Tour’s best rookie by the end of the year.
Since he hadn’t won a major in eight years, Rory McIlroy was especially heartbroken by the defeat. Rory came within two strokes of winning the tournament when he had a two-stroke lead with eight holes to go. He did not, but to add any more birdie points and finished third with a total of -18 strokes.
Hovland fared even worse, with three bogeys and one birdie, taking 74 strokes to complete 18 holes and dropping to the fourth position with Tommy Fleetwood (274 strokes, -18 points).
Cameron Young, on the other hand, kept the race exciting despite a bogey on the first hole. He has -12 strokes after the third day, so he will have to play exceptionally well to compete. Young and McIlroy both rediscovered their form, which was fortunate because McIlroy and Hovland did not play well.
For the first time, the winners of four Majors in a single season are under the age of 30. At the age of 25, Scottie Scheffler wore green at The Masters; at the age of 29, Justin Thomas won the PGA; and at the age of 27, Matt Fitzpatrick held the US Open. Smith, who is 28 years old, has now joined the team.
After four days of play, the Australian golfer had a total of -20 strokes, one point more than Cameron Young (the USA, -19 strokes) and two points more than former world number one Rory McIlroy (Northern Ireland, -18 strokes).
Tommy Fleetwood (England) and Viktor Hovland (Norway) are tied for fourth place with a total of -14 strokes.
Meanwhile, the following world golf stars rated in the following positions: Dustin Johnson (USA) finished T6 (joint 6) with a total score of -13 strokes, while Bryce DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth, and defending FedEx Cup champion Patrick Cantlay placed T8 (8th) with -12 strokes each.
Winning The Open Championship is, of course, Cameron Smith’s first major title (similar to the nature of Grand Slam titles in tennis), following his second-place result at The Masters Tournament 2020. This achievement helped him break Tiger Woods’ negative score on The Old Course (-19) and equal Henrik Stenson’s record for the greatest negative score in The Open history (-19) at Royal Troon Stadium in 2016.
Cameron Smith is an Australian professional golfer, who was born on August 18, 1993, and competes on the PGA Tour. On the PGA Tour, he gained six titles, including the Players Championship and the Open Championship in 2022. Furthermore, he finished second in the 2020 Masters Tournament.
Smith played on the PGA Tour of Australasia after turning pro in 2013. At the 2016 Emirates Australian Open and the 2015 Coca-Cola Queensland PGA Championship, he finished second in a tie.
At the Kapalua Resort on the Hawaiian island of Maui, Smith won the 2022 Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Smith defeated world number one Jon Rahm by one stroke thanks to a PGA Tour record-breaking 34-under-par round.
Smith then became the fifth Australian to win the tournament in March when he defeated Anirban Lahiri by one stroke at TPC Sawgrass. He gained a three-shot advantage going into the final round when he birdied the par-3 17th “Island Green.” To reduce the gap and set up a tight finale to the tournament, Smith mishit his second shot on hole 18 and Lahiri birdied hole 17, both of which were one hole back. After Lahiri only par the last hole to finish one shot back, Smith managed to finish with a bogey for a final score of 13-under par, which was enough to win.