Cameron Smith wins the Open after reeling in Rory McIlroy in ultimate spherical – because it occurred | The Open

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A big gap between the front three and fourth.

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-20: Smith
-19: Young
-18: McIlroy
-14: Fleetwood, Hovland
-13: Harman, D Johnson
-12 DeChambeau, Cantlay, Spieth

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Here goes Rory’s chip… and it misses left and rolls 20 feet past. Cameron Smith is the Champion Golfer of the Year!!!

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As I hand over to Dave here is the state of play after a bogey for Viktor Hovland and tap-in par for Rory McIlroy. Enjoy the conclusion everyone.
-19: Smith (16)
-18: McIlroy (16)
-17: Young (16)

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The scores on the doors:

-19: Smith (14)
-18: McIlroy (13)
-17: Young (14)
-15: Hovland (13)
-14: Johnson (15)

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As Rory blasts his drive at the par-4 12th just short of the green, let’s check the scores.

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-18: McIlroy (11)
-17: Smith (12)
-15: Young (12), Hovland (11)
-13: D Johnson (13)
-12: Harman (16), Spieth (15), Fleetwood (13)

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Cameron Young is hanging around. Remember that the top four have the short par-four 9th and 10th to come. And with that, back to Dave.
-17: McIlroy (7)
-15: Hovland (7), Young (8)
-14: Smith (8)
-13: Scott (11)

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A two-putt birdie for Rory McIlroy at the 5th and Hovland misses out on his par breaker! It’s a two shot lead for Holywood’s finest.
-17: McIlroy (5)
-15: Hovland (5)
-14: Smith (5), Young (5)
-12: Scott (8), Fleetwood (7), Johnson (7)

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There is an 11-man peloton on 11-under. Ahead of them, it looks like this:
-16: McIlroy (3), Hovland (3)
-13: Smith (4), Young (4)
-12: Johnson (5)

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With the leaderboard now starting to be impacted, it’s time for a scores on the doors.

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-16: McIlroy (-), Hovland (-)
-12: Young (-), Smith (12)
-11: Kaewkanjana (16), SW Kim (-), Scheffler (-)
-10: Ancer (16), D Johnson (-)

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Is this the day? Is this the day when Rory McIlroy ends his eight-year wait for a fifth major by joining the pantheon of greats to have won an Open Championship at St Andrews? The main threat to McIlroy’s bid to join Jack, Seve, Sir Nick and Tiger is playing partner Viktor Hovland. The two traded magnificent 66s when in tandem yesterday, those six under rounds pulling them four clear of the stuttering halfway leader Cameron Smith and American rookie Cameron Young. World no 1 Scottie Scheffler lurks five back alongside Si Woo Kim but if McIlroy and Hovland start making birdies, the chasing pack may be too far adrift to catch them. A hugely significant day in the Open’s 150-year history awaits. Thanks for joining us for today’s final round: always one of the great days in sport.

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The leaderboard going into round four

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-16: McIlroy, Hovland
-12: Young, Smith
-11: SW Kim, Scheffler
-10: D Johnson
-9: Fleetwood, Fitzpatrick, Scott
-8: Spieth, Cantlay

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The tee times: all BST, (a) denotes amateur

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7.20am Sam Bairstow (a)
7.30am Wyndham Clark, Jamie Rutherford
7.40am David Law, Hideki Matsuyama
7.50am Sungjae Im, Sam Burns
8.00am Adria Arnaus, Garrick Higgo
8.10am Laurie Canter, Patrick Reed
8.25am Joaquin Niemann, Cameron Tringale
8.35am Jordan Smith, Aaron Jarvis (a)
8.45am Danny Willett, Barclay Brown (a)
8.55am Robert Dinwiddie, Sebastian Munoz
9.05am Yuto Katsuragawa, Lars Van Meijel
9.15am Jason Kokrak, Kurt Kitayama
9.30am Marcus Amritage, Justin Thomas
9.40am Jason Scrivener, Paul Casey
9.50am Tony Finau, Justin De Los Santos
10.00am Thriston Lawrence, Thomas Detry
10.10am Corey Conners, Sergio Garcia
10.20am Adrian Meronk, John Parry
10.40am Robert MacIntyre, Talor Gooch
10.50am Sadom Kaewkanjana, Abraham Ancer
11.00am David Carey, Lee Westwood
11.10am Harold Varner III, Joo-Hyung Kim
11.20am Brad Kennedy, Filippo Celli (a)
11.30am Billy Horschel, Chris Kirk
11.45am Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Richard Mansell
11.55am Sahith Theegala, Min Woo Lee
12.05pm Xander Schauffele, Lucas Herbert
12.15pm Victor Perez, Jon Rahm
12.25pm Will Zalatoris, Nicolai Hojgaard
12.35pm Anthony Quayle, Ian Poulter
12.55pm Aaron Wise, Dean Burmester
1.05pm Russel Henley, Dyland Frittelli
1.15pm Francesco Molinari, Bryson DeChambeau
1.25pm Tyrrell Hatton, Trey Mullinax
1.35pm Brian Harman, Shane Lowry
1.45pm Kevin Kisner, Thomas Pieters
2.00pm Jordan Spieth, Patrick Cantlay
2.10pm Matt Fitzpatrick, Adam Scott
2.20pm Dustin Johnson, Tommy Fleetwood
2.30pm Si Woo Kim, Scottie Scheffler
2.40pm Cameron Young, Cameron Smith
2.50pm Rory McIlroy, Viktor Hovland

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Key occasions:

And that’s all of us. Thanks for studying the weblog over the past 4 days. See you at Hoylake subsequent 12 months!

Kevin Mitchell was at St Andrews. Right here’s his evaluation of Cameron Smith’s thrilling victory.

Right here’s Michael Butler on that eye-popping Sergio Garcia story.

A number of extra stats. They make robust studying for Rory McIlroy followers however spotlight the brilliance of Cameron Smith.

Way back to the stats go, Rory McIlroy is the one participant to carry the 54-hole lead at a significant, hit each inexperienced in regulation within the ultimate spherical and never win.

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

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Way back to the stats go, Rory McIlroy is the one participant to carry the 54-hole lead at a significant, hit each inexperienced in regulation within the ultimate spherical and never win.

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

Cameron Smith's 30 on the again 9 is the bottom rating over a closing 9 holes by a winner of #TheOpen in historical past

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

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Cameron Smith’s 30 on the again 9 is the bottom rating over a closing 9 holes by a winner of #TheOpen in historical past

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

Lowest ultimate spherical scores by #TheOpen champions

2016 Henrik Stenson, 63
1993 Greg Norman, 64
2022 Cameron Smith, 64

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

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Lowest ultimate spherical scores by #TheOpen champions

2016 Henrik Stenson, 63
1993 Greg Norman, 64
2022 Cameron Smith, 64

— Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022

Cameron Smith’s stats inform the story: he was the perfect putter in the sector this week. These are the Strokes Gained numbers from datagolf.

Placing: 1st
Round The Inexperienced: twenty second
Method: twenty fourth
Off The Tee: thirty fourth
Tee to Inexperienced: seventeenth

These had been Rory’s numbers. He was the perfect driver and No.1 tee to inexperienced.

Placing: twenty ninth
Round The Inexperienced: sixth
Method: twenty fifth
Off The Tee: 1st
Tee to Inexperienced: 1st

Notably, Rory was ranked 61st (out of the 83 gamers who teed it up on Sunday) in SG: Placing within the ultimate spherical.

Extra response from Cameron Smith, the brand new Champion Golfer of the Yr.

I’m positively going to learn how many beers match on this factor [the Claret Jug] that’s of course!

The closing ceremony: Cameron Smith, the second golfer with a mullet to win the Open at St Andrews within the final six editions, takes the Claret Jug after which addresses the not very hushed crowds surrounding the 18th inexperienced.

“Err, thankyou. Err, jeez what every week. I’m going to crumble right here I do know,” says Smith whose voice cracks as he appears on the Claret Jug in his proper hand.

“I believed the course was precisely how an Open Championship must be performed. Agency and quick, robust pins. Erm, it was simply unreal. Thankyou guys a lot.”

He additionally thanks the Aussie followers in the gang. “This one’s for Oz. Thanks guys,” provides Smith as his voice wobbles once more.

Rory McIlroy offers his speedy response. It’s quick, succinct and just about on the cash.

Disenchanted. Didn’t do an excessive amount of flawed however nothing an excessive amount of proper. Crushed by the higher participant. I’ll be okay. It’s one I really feel I let slip away however there’ll be extra possibilities. In the event you put your self in positions you’ll lose some. However at the very least I’m stepping into place.

Adam Scott on the win for his fellow Aussie Cameron Smith:

He’s a superb mate. This could be nearly as good because it will get, an Open, the one hundred and fiftieth, nevertheless it could be the beginning. He’s very aggressive and he works very exhausting. Up and downs on the final two greens? That’s what you dream of.

From Matt on the course: “Cameron Smith emerges from scoring, makes a fast swerve to bin his gum, then heads to 18 for the closing ceremony!”

Closing leaderboard

An enormous hole between the entrance three and fourth.

-20: Smith
-19: Younger
-18: McIlroy
-14: Fleetwood, Hovland
-13: Harman, D Johnson
-12 DeChambeau, Cantlay, Spieth

Some numbers. Cameron Smith got here house in 30! That’s astonishing. His 20-under is the document successful rating at St Andrews – one higher than Tiger in 2000 and two higher than Sir Nick Faldo in 1990.

Considered one of THE nice Closing Spherical shows at The Open 👏

Congratulations, Cameron Smith, the Champion Golfer of the Yr#The150thOpen pic.twitter.com/vkuPua9Iqv

— The Open (@TheOpen) July 17, 2022

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Let’s take that each one in. Cameron Smith shot 8-under 64 to win. Taking part in associate Cameron Younger shot 7-under to complete a shot again. Rory’s 2-under 70 simply wasn’t ok. Tee to inexperienced McIlroy did sufficient however the putter abandoned the Northern Irishman. It’s exhausting to not really feel desperately unhappy for him. It appeared successful the one hundred and fiftieth Open at St Andrews was his future however the eight-year look ahead to a significant continues.

Next year.
Subsequent 12 months. {Photograph}: Andrew Boyers/Reuters

Rory continues the theme of his day and misses his birdie putt. It means he finishes third on 18-under, a shot behind Cameron Younger and two behind winner Cam Smith. McIlroy takes off his hat, offers Viktor Hovland a hug and acknowledges the gang who shout “Rory, Rory”. He runs his hand by his hair a few occasions and trudges off. It simply wasn’t to be.

Rory will probably be replaying these missed putts in his thoughts for who is aware of how lengthy however you might have to say Cameron Smith went out and gained it. A closing 64 at St Andrews when within the hunt: the stuff of legend. Only a merely good efficiency and he’s a deserved winner.

Cameron Smith collects his ball on the 18th after shooting a brilliant 64 to win The Open.
Cameron Smith collects his ball on the 18th after taking pictures an excellent 64 to win The Open. {Photograph}: Paul Ellis/AFP/Getty Photos

Cameron Smith wins the one hundred and fiftieth Open!

Right here goes Rory’s chip… and it misses left and rolls 20 toes previous. Cameron Smith is the Champion Golfer of the Yr!!!

Rory takes his wedge from the bag and rehearses his little chip. However earlier than he pulls the set off he’ll wander as much as the inexperienced to survey the lie of the land. Hovland will go first. He putts and it doesn’t have the legs, rolling again off the inexperienced. Not an amazing picture to present Rory.

The cameras focus in on the engraver and, for all of the world now, it appears as if he’s about to carve ‘Cameron Smith’ on the Claret Jug. Rory strides up 18 bringing a enormous crowd behind him. Can he carry out a miracle?

Engraver
{Photograph}: Tom Dulat/R&A/Getty Photos

Viktor Hovland, now six again and slightly forgotten, additionally comes up quick together with his drive at 18. Rory marches up the golf green, attempting to channel his inside Costantino Rocca.

Right here goes Rory’s drive at 18. He holds his end after which shouts “go”. However it’s approach quick. He’ll should pitch in from about 50 toes to tie Cameron Smith.

Rory, with a dry mouth, licks his lips on the 18th tee. He should know his likelihood has almost gone. However… Cameron Younger holes his 15 footer to indicate that eagles are potential on 18. That ties him for the lead for a temporary second however Smith faucets in for birdie, clenches his fist, and that’s a fully sensational closing 64. McIlroy wants eagle to drive a playoff.

Rory
{Photograph}: Jane Barlow/PA

Rory McIlroy paces the inexperienced. He appears from behind the outlet. He should know that this actually must go in. One other look after which he pulls the set off. And… it misses left. Sigh. It’s been like that for him all day. Up at 18, Smith putts from off the inexperienced and it’s sensational. A two-footer left for birdie. He has one hand on the Claret Jug.

After all, if McIlroy misses the birdie putt and Smith will get down in two, he nonetheless has yet another trick up his sleeve: an eagle at 18. That’s the great thing about this ultimate gap at St Andrews. Sheesh. The stress.

Huge roar for McIlroy as his method from 161 yards finds the seventeenth inexperienced. However it’s 20 toes away and he hasn’t holed a putt from there all day. Time to alter that Rory.

Rory might have birdie-birdie simply to get in a playoff. A enormous ask. What can he do at 17? Earlier than he hits his method, Cam Smith will drive at 18. He’s caught it effectively and his ball trickles to some of toes wanting the inexperienced. Huge likelihood for birdie there. Is the Aussie closing in on the Claret Jug? Cameron Younger may nonetheless be on this with an eagle and he’s pushed the inexperienced to establish the possibility!

Right here goes Cam Smith for his par putt from 12 toes at 17. Unreal! He’s holed it! What nerve! A sensational par and he strolls off wanting calm as you want. He stays one in entrance of McIlroy.

CAm Smith
{Photograph}: Stuart Kerr/R&A/Getty Photos

Rory’s hit a magnificence off the seventeenth tee. Bang in the golf green. Large shot simply when he wanted it. Smith will hear that up on the inexperienced. First to putt, for birdie, is Cameron Younger. No. That’s a par so he stays two behind Smith.

Thanks Matt. Wow, that is dramatic stuff. An absolute stone-cold thriller. If Cam Smith misses that putt after which… effectively, let’s simply see.

18.19pm BST leaderboard

As I hand over to Dave right here is the state of play after a bogey for Viktor Hovland and tap-in par for Rory McIlroy. Get pleasure from the conclusion everybody.
-19: Smith (16)
-18: McIlroy (16)
-17: Younger (16)

Cameron Smith has putted across the Street Gap Bunker and now faces a nasty par putt. Attention-grabbing.

Cameron Smith into the seventeenth: wow. He’s come up quick and could have to flirt with the Street Gap Bunker to get his ball near the pin. Extra drama to return, of us. This isn’t over. And Cameron Younger isn’t out of it. He’s left himself a superb birdie look on the identical gap.

No mucking about from Rory McIlroy. He performs his second on the sixteenth in a short time. It’s on the inexperienced, however he’s not peppering the flag. He may want an error from Smith or one thing sensational on the 18th right here.

Huge second. (Yeah, yeah, I do know I’ve stated that earlier than.) Cameron Smith on the seventeenth tee … oh my phrase, he’s completely nailed it straight down the golf green.

Nostalgic Neil Jones emails: “Large stuff. However I nonetheless need uninterrupted protection with Peter (Alliss) and Ken (Brown).”

A enormous second: Cameron Smith traces up his birdie putt on the sixteenth. A bit longer than I believed earlier and it finishes behind the outlet. He faucets in for par. Behind, Rory McIlroy finds the spectator walkway together with his drive.

Rory McIlroy can solely make par on the fifteenth. One other wonderful lag putt, however he wants a birdie without delay.

The bottom ultimate spherical signed for by an Open champion on the Previous Course? Zach Johnson’s 66 in 2015. Cameron Smith is at present on target for a 65 and he has one other take a look at birdie developing on the sixteenth, from about 18 toes.

Zach Johnson with the Claret Jug in 2015.
Zach Johnson with the Claret Jug in 2015. {Photograph}: Danny Lawson/PA

The dangerous information? Rory McIlroy’s method isn’t near the pin on the fifteenth. The excellent news? Viktor Hovland will probably be displaying him the road.

This could be a record-breaking week. Tiger Woods has the Previous Course Open finest of 19-under for the week. Henrik Stenson set a championship finest of 20-under at Royal Troon in 2016. Tip of the hat to Gareth Bain who emailed in.

Attention-grabbing … Cameron Smith’s birdie putt on the fifteenth, not a simple one by any means, pulls up quick. However the par putt is exceptionally safe. He’s wanting very spectacular. Rory McIlroy discovered the tough from the tee.

Rory rough
{Photograph}: Stuart Kerr/R&A/Getty Photos

Solely par for Rory McIlroy on the 14th! Agony because it catches solely the tiniest quantity of the outlet. He stays one again of the lead.

An enormous second on the 14th. Rory McIlroy badly must stand up and down from wanting the inexperienced after his method stalled on the slopes across the placing surfaces. He putts it and could have a take a look at birdie however from about 15 toes.

Up forward Cameron Smith acquired a little bit lucky with an errant drive. He’s in fluffy tough and finds the inexperienced.

Speith negotiates the street and street furnishings. He secures a par on the seventeenth. Brian Harman then units a 13 below clubhouse goal. It should be handed however a nice effort and a 66 to shut.

17.45pm BST leaderboard

The scores on the doorways:

-19: Smith (14)
-18: McIlroy (13)
-17: Younger (14)
-15: Hovland (13)
-14: Johnson (15)

Rory McIlroy, now the hunter not the hunted, will get his personal journey down the 14th gap off to the proper begin. His drive finds the golf green. Cameron Younger makes birdie on the 14th – he’s one again of McIlroy.

Cameron Smith two-putts from off the inexperienced on the 14th to take the lead. A outstanding restoration from the two-time 2022 winner who appeared bereft strolling off the course final night time.

Jordan Spieth finds the street on the seventeenth. Considered one of the world’s most inventive golfers is about to be examined by tarmacadam, gravel and a manhole cowl (which may simply be off his line, to be sincere). You don’t get this at Augusta Nationwide.

A sensational putt from Rory McIlroy pulls up simply quick! His birdie putt was from 60 toes and he wanted solely a few inches extra. Faucet in par. Viktor Hovland makes bogey.

That was so close from Rory.
That was so shut from Rory. {Photograph}: Phil Noble/Reuters

McIlroy has discovered the placing floor on the thirteenth. However he isn’t near the pin. Has his endurance morphed into becalmed? His solely birdies immediately have come from two-putts.

Assured Niall O’Keefe emails: “Rory Mc is cool. Cameron Smith not a lot. So Rory wins. QED?” I’m not so certain it’s that easy, Niall!

Half a dozen holes to play within the one hundred and fiftieth Open and the way have the leaders performed that ultimate third of the course by the primary three rounds? Viktor Hovland is six below, Cameron Smith three below, Rory McIlroy two below, Cameron Younger one below. Oh crikey.

Cameron Smith joins Rory on -18.
Cameron Smith joins Rory on -18. {Photograph}: Phil Noble/Reuters

Cameron Smith joins the lead! As Dave and myself swap chairs (metaphorically) he drains yet one more birdie putt. 4 in a row. How’s your coronary heart going?

That is getting tense. Very tense. Time to leap right into a chilly tub whereas Matt takes you by to the sixteenth gap. As I log off, Rory has discovered the tip of the golf green at 13.

Rory misses once more! That is getting worrying now for McIlroy. These putts simply don’t appear like falling. He’s one in entrance however for a way lengthy after Cam Smith launches an method to about 12 toes at 13? Hovland will get his birdie at 12 and he’s simply two behind McIlroy once more. Maintain a watch out on Cameron Younger too as he has a seven foot putt for birdie developing at 13 to get to 16 below.

Good pitch by Viktor Hovland at 12 and absolutely he’ll now financial institution his first birdie of the day. McIlroy’s isn’t fairly as crisp and he’s about 10 toes away, a distance from which he simply hasn’t holed something up to now. Huge putt developing. Cam Smith made a large number of 13 yesterday however is on the quick grass together with his tee shot this time.

17.17pm BST leaderboard

As Rory blasts his drive on the par-4 twelfth simply wanting the inexperienced, let’s examine the scores.

-18: McIlroy (11)
-17: Smith (12)
-15: Younger (12), Hovland (11)
-13: D Johnson (13)
-12: Harman (16), Spieth (15), Fleetwood (13)


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