Cameron Smith makes British Open history

2022 Championship winner with the caddy, Sam Penfold

Despite trailing by four strokes at the start of the fourth round on the McIlroy-Hovland duo, Australian Cameron Smith, 28, won 150th in the Open History with a score of -20 and a final stealth-free card of 64 (-8). New record in St Andrews! It leaves one point behind American Cameron Young (-19), a brilliant author of 65 (-7), and Rory McIlroy, the biggest loser of the day, who is content with 70 (-2) and third at -18.

Lionel Villa, in St Andrews (Scotland)

So we can’t give up the slightest ghost during the fourth lap of a British Open and no wave Claret jug At exit 18. This is the terrible script that was just written Rory McIlroy This Sunday in St. Andrews. No-fault 70 (-2) card author, Northern Irish, co-leader at -16 after 54 holes at Norwegian company Victor Hovland, already finished…third place.

In -18, the British overtook the British Cameron Youngvery solid at 65 (-7) from the day he completed a hair-raising eagle at level 4 of 18, and by the Australian Cameron Smith, the 150th winner of this tournament in history, is impressively calm and a massive 64 (-8) without a bogey too. He actually played 64 on Friday and didn’t score, once again, the slightest ghost on his card.

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Near the age of 29 (August 18), Smith won here, in the Holy of Holies, his first Grand Slam. A few months after his victory in Players Championship on me PGA TourIt is considered the “fifth major”. This feat – remember he was four strokes behind after a hard 73 (+1) card return on Saturday – basically built it on the tormented Greens on the old field, showing off an almost bloody cold.

Birdie in 2 and then again Birdie 5 before making the difference especially in the comeback compared to his direct opponents. After a fourth straight jumper between 10 and 13, he’s back at Rory McIlroy at -18 (only one jumper in 5 for the winner). Liverpool Open 2014) then takes an extra hole advantage at -19 with a crazy five in a row.

Despite his extremely dangerous position at level 4 of 17 after a second shot to the left side behind the terrible green bunker, the most dangerous place on the track (average of 4.46), he managed to get out evenly. Before driving the point home at age 18 with a final flyer and setting a new record in the process, a -20 wiped off the shelves -19 of tiger wood In 2000. No European golfer has won in St Andrews since then Sir Nick Faldo in 1990

I have often put myself in a position in recent years in Majors (The 2015 US Open fourth, second and third in the Masters 2020 and 2022), he explains, “The New Champion Golfer of the Year.” But doing it today like that was pretty cool. Apply pressure, keep making strokes. It was awesome. »

The difference between yesterday Today, the strikes fellcontinued. I actually spent some time playing golf last night. I really wanted to see some of them come back. It turned out to be the right thing to do. »

Yesterday I was really frustrated with the way the tour went. I put it in golf on the links. Sometimes you have days where you’ll get weird bounces here and there that will put you in a bad place. Saturday was not my day. I didn’t dwell too much on it, and in a way, this third lap of the day helped me recover. »

This prestigious success in a truly special place allows him, in addition to the $2.5 million allocated to the winner, to rise to second place in the world ahead of his main victim today – McIlroy – and behind him Scotty Schefflerthe unstoppable No. 1 but only 21 this Sunday at -9 after playing 74 (+2).

third in PGA Championship In May, after eighteen holes here in St Andrews, Cameron Young confirmed that we will have to count on him seriously in the coming months. Thus, 65 (-7) alone gives him second place at -19. Not bad for the first time at the British Open.

It’s frustrating to finish one point behind youjudges The New Yorker. But overall, I think I had a really good week. Play 65, I was going to sign right away this morning. Then I sat in the front row to see Cameron play. It’s really amazing what he did. Proof that he is currently one of the best golfers in the world. »

For Rory McIlroy, this is, unfortunately, a new disappointment. But unlike his previous majors and multiple Grand Slam tournaments, he fell better than him. The collapsing bat in hand, he never succeeded in setting the sights on the greens, seeing his ball rest sometimes on the left, sometimes on the right, at the height of the hole. But never inside. And this despite the ideal playing conditions, the place was almost deserted by the wind…

I felt like I didn’t do much wrong today, but I didn’t do much right either.

Rory McIlroy

I’m obviously disappointedMcIlroy whispers softly. I felt like I didn’t do much wrong today, but I didn’t do much right either. I played everything in control. I did what I needed to, while trying to take advantage of the easier holes (9, 12 and 14). If you had made sparrows there, it would probably be a different story. »

I was beaten by a better player this weekcontinued. -20 on four laps here is impressive. 64, had to be done. I’ll only regret those few hits that didn’t want to slip to the right side. But it was a good week overall. I can’t be discouraged by what just happened. I play one of the best golfers at the moment (Two PGA Tour wins this season.) It’s up to me to keep knocking on the door, and it will eventually open… »

All four winners are under 30 years old. Or not!

This passive helix also dragged his playing partner, which is completely ghostly with its weight of 74 (+2) weighed down by three ghosts for one bird… Victor Hovland However, he signs his best performance in eleven major matches, which until then has remained stuck to the twelfth place (at The Open 2021). The Scandinavian is fourth at -14 (ex-aequo with English T .).Umi Fleetwood). We comfort each other as best we can.

One thing is for sure, this 150 British Championships entry into the Golf Records Book. Players under the age of 30 have not won the Grand Slam. With Scotty Scheffler, 26 years in Masters, Justin Thomas29 years old in the PGA Championship, Matthew FitzpatrickCameron Smith, 27, at the US Open, and Cameron Smith, 28, it’s over now!

earlier in the day, Victor PerezThe only French player to feature this week in the last five-star meet of the season, played a fourth sub-par in four days. A 70 (-2) which sends him to the finish after the top 30 (34 at -7). A good omen for the end of the season (after five consecutive failures in a major) which will be disputed for him over DP World TourHighlighting a prolific month of September rich in big tournaments with high prize money, includingFrench Open (September 22-25) to national golf.


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