October 7, 2022

Cameron Smith snatched The one hundred and fiftieth Open from Rory McIlroy’s grasp to disclaim the Northern Irishman a fairytale triumph.

The Australian placed on a masterclass to say his first-ever Main and raise the Claret Jug at probably the most historic championships in current reminiscence.


Smith got here from four-shots again to drag off an unlikely victory

McIlroy was undone by the Aussie’s brilliance


McIlroy was undone by the Aussie’s brilliance

McIlroy, who led Smith by 4 in a single day, fell brief as soon as once more in his bid to finish eight years with no Main win.

The pre-tournament favorite didn’t drop a shot within the last spherical however did not make any significant putts, capturing his worst spherical of the week with a two-under-par 70.

Smith, alternatively, seized the second with an exhilarating show on the greens, holing virtually every thing to shoot his second eight-under-par 64 of the week.

His last rating of minus-20 is the joint-lowest in Open historical past alongside Henrick Stenson in 2016.

McIlroy, the 2014 champion, described lifting the Claret Jug at St Andrews because the ‘holy grail’ – and he acquired a hero’s welcome from the Residence of Golf on the 18th fairway.

Report crowds stormed the well-known turf and adopted him up in the direction of the long-lasting city, however McIlroy was unable to seek out the eagle he wanted.

St Andrews showed McIlroy their appreciation


St Andrews confirmed McIlroy their appreciation

With McIlroy seemingly in management, Smith overtook the Northern Irishman with 5 straight birdies on the again 9,

However this Open was in the end selected the well-known roadhole seventeenth, as Smith holed a prolonged putt for par and McIlroy missed considered one of comparable problem for birdie, failing to shut the hole.

Ultimately, Smith’s closest challenger was Cameron Younger, who delivered an eagle on the final, however the Aussie fended him off with a birdie to win by one stroke.

It’s a becoming finish to a disappointing 12 months for McIlroy – who has contended in every of the 4 Majors earlier than finally falling away.

Nonetheless, on this event, it was not misplaced by McIlroy, it was received by the brilliance of Smith.

Smith is the Champion Golfer of the Year


Smith is the Champion Golfer of the 12 months

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