British Open: Australian Cameron Smith wins and wins his first Major

British Open: Australian Cameron Smith wins and wins his first Major

Australian Cameron Smith won the British Open on Sunday at the historic Saint Andrews course, winning his first Major at the age of 28, when he was four strokes behind his head before the last round.

With a final card of -8, Smith (6th in the world) won with a total of -20 and one step ahead of the American Cameron Young (-19). Rory McIlroy, who had started in the lead this last lap, returned a final card of -2 to finish third by two strokes (-18).

This season, Smith had already won the Players championship, the unofficial fifth Major, and shared third place at the Masters, the first Major of the year.

Then he tied for 13th at the PGA Championship, but missed the cut at the US Open.

For his part, McIlroy who was still in the lead after the 13th hole, but already tied with Smith, still failed to win a fifth Major. His last dates back to the 2014 PGA Championship.

Smith chained five birdies in a row from hole 10 to 14 to take the lead, before finishing on an eighth and last on hole 18. This birdie had become necessary to avoid the playoff not against McIlroy, but against his partner Young who had just landed an eagle that put him at -19 like Smith before his last putt.

The Australian didn’t flinch and had to wait a few more minutes for McIlroy not to score an eagle on the 18 which would also have pushed Smith into the playoff. But the Northern Irishman, who missed a multitude of birdies by inches or less throughout the day, was once again only able to do better than par.


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