Cam Smith wins The Open, the 150th Anniversary Open at St Andrew’s Old Course. If you ever needed proof that a brilliant short game will beat the best long game exponent here it is. Cameron Smith over Rory McIlroy at the biggest major golfing event of the year illustrated this golfing truth. Cameron Young eagled the 72nd hole to pile pressure upon the young Aussie but to no avail. The pink-shirted Queenslander calmly rolled in yet another birdie to clinch it. What a putting display on the world’s biggest golfing stage, with 8 birdies and a 64 to come from 4 strokes back to claim a major championship.
British Open 150 Won By Cameron Smith
Sitting up in front of the box until 3.30am in the morning, here in Australia, was never more worth it. Watching the mullet sporting Smith was a real privilege to behold. The on-course crowds may have been rooting for Rory but Cameron Smith played the golf of his life to claim victory in the Open Championship. 20 under par on the Old Couse at St Andrews was his winning score and he made 5 birdies on the trot. Smith’s performance in making par at the 17th hole was crucial to his one shot victory.
Golfer of The Year is Cameron Smith
Cameron Smith’s 2022 season record should be recognised as the best in the game. His major Open win, plus his Players Championship, and Tournament of Champions victory must have him vying with Scottie Scheffler for the PGA golfer of the year award. It was a wonderful tournament at St Andrews with huge crowds and glorious golfing weather. The Old Course never looked better and played superbly. Some curmudgeons may have wished for more bad weather – wind and rain to mar the execution of shots. However, it came down to the flat stick, as it always does in the game of golf.
Rory McIlroy played really well but just didn’t make any putts on the final day. Cameron Young had a fantastic Open to finish second after eagling the very last hole at St Andrews. Victor Hovland had his best major but didn’t have his best stuff on Sunday to finish tied for fourth with Tommy Fleetwood. Dustin Johnson was thereabouts throughout the final round but never really close enough. Jordan Spieth had yet another top ten finish. Adam Scott had a solid major to finish in the top twenty. However, the day and the championship belonged to Australian Cameron Smith. He has engraved his name in perpetuity as the winner of the 150th Open Championship. Cam Smith wins The Open in a virtuoso performance.