Cameron Smith makes a comeback and wins the British Open on a one shot

Overseas Scot Cameron Smith made his way into history on the old course, a Sunday stunner at St Andrews sent the Australian to beat Rory McIlroy for his first Major to win the British Open.

The stage was set for McElroy to end his eight-year drought. During a week-long celebration at the House of Golf at the 150th Open, Major and Cap of Smith started the back nine with five straight birdies.

He stole the show by delivering more clutch moments in the end, his eight-under 64 was the lowest final round. The 30-time Golf Soldis champion has been played by a champion at St Andrews Smith one-on-one on Cameron Young.

Joe’s 15-foot eagle putt on the final hole wasn’t enough and neither was anything McIlroy could muster. Didn’t make a put early, couldn’t hit it late enough, his last good chance was a 15-foot birdie attempt at the dreaded road hole at No. 17.

It missed Smith on the left, who made an equal save in 17th. He had a pay-up slope down the front of the 18th green with a 10-foot putt or tee shot from 80 feet away and finished 20 under 268, leaving him on top of the birdie towards the cup. Smith equaled the major championship record.

The last time McElroy needed to tie the Eagles at the Masters held in November 2020 by Dustin Johnson and his putt through the Valley of Sin had no chance he missed a birdie and scored 70 to finish third. Smith is the first Australian to win with the injured.

St Andrews since Klay Nagle in 1960, when he topped a rising American star named Arnold Palmer the People’s Choice, who is now McElroy and had an energy with the humps and hollows of the old course all day long.

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