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BRITISH OPEN: Cameron Smith Enters History In The Birthplace Of Golf

The Australian wins the Open Championship at the Old Course of Saint Andrews, with a final card of -20, equaling the lowest result in the history of the 'majors'.

Total apotheosis of golf. The outcome of the last major of the year has been the best possible tribute to the 150th edition of the oldest golf tournament in the world. The Australian Cameron Smith is enshrined forever in the history of this sport. His name will be linked to those of Nicklaus, Ballesteros, Faldo or Woods after becoming the new winner of the Open Championship in the cradle of golf, the Old Course of Saint Andrews.

The most important victory in his career came after matching the lowest result in the history of the majors at 20 under par, beating American Cameron Young by one and Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland, the emotional favorite of the public, by two. Smith chained a streak of five consecutive birdies from the 10th to the 14th hole that put him completely in the tournament, canceling the initial four-stroke deficit with McIlroy. Although the key to victory came at the emblematic road hole, hole 17, the beast that has been punishing all players' cards throughout the week.

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Smith, after his second shot, fell just short of the bunker, an impossible and dangerous approach that could even have put the bogey at risk. At the time, the Australian was a shot ahead and made a putt around the right side of the bunker with measured force. The pair option from just over three meters was almost half that of Jar of Claret. The ball disappeared into the hole.

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From behind, Rory attacked the 17 perfectly. The birdie putt just lacked strength. Again Smith, in complete control on the 18th, achieved the final birdie using the putter from the outside after a strategic start. A final card of 64 hits and a -20 that seemed unbeatable despite the efforts of Cameron Young (-19), who concluded with an eagle. Not even Rory could finish with a birdie that would have given him second place.

Disappointment was latent on his face. The Northern Irishman finished his majors season 2nd in the Masters, 8th in the PGA Championship, 5th in the US Open and 3rd in the Open, the one he was most excited about. However, it is difficult to aspire to the final victory without having been able to finish on the greens of the Old Course. His 70 strokes included a career-high 36 putts.

For Smith it was his third victory of the season (he has six in his entire career) and his first victory in a Grand Slam tournament. This year he already has in his windows the Tournament of Champions that he won in Hawaii against Jon Rahm at the beginning of the season and the prestigious The Players Championship, considered the fifth largest.

On the other hand, two of the LIV's main stars finished inside the top ten of the tournament, who should secure their place for the 2023 Open. Dustin Johnson finished tied for sixth position and Bryson DeChambeau who did so sharing eighth place. The next few days promise to be busy and the signing of Henrik Stenson for the Saudi circuit sounds more and more strongly. Losing the European captain would be a severe setback for the Ryder Cup. In recent days, the name of the new British champion, Cameron Smith, also appeared in the pools. If the rumor is confirmed, it would mean another convulsion in the foundations of golf.

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