Australia’s Cameron Smith won his first career major title at the 150th British Open, winning the final round with 64. With his win at St Andrews, Smith became the first Australian golfer since Greg Norman to hoist the claret jug in 1993.
Smith (28) sat four strokes away from the main entry game on Sunday, but after third-round co-leader Rory McIlroy advanced on the fifth hole, Smith caught fire.
He became the only player in the last 20 years to birdie the first five holes of the last nine in the final round of a Major. Those five consecutive birdies and a 30 on the last nine, plus another clutch birdie on 18, helped Smith finish at 20-under par for the tournament, one stroke ahead of runner-up Cameron Young.
McIlroy needed to eagle the 18th hole to pull it into the tie, but missed a chip to stay alive. Young caught an eagle putt on 18 off the green, to finish a shot ahead of McIlroy for a play that helped Young take the sole possession of second.
Smith most recently won the Players Championship at TPC Sawgrass in March with an equally impressive Sunday back-nine push.
This article was originally from USA Today: 2022 British Open: Cameron Smith wins by one shot for first major title