Australia’s Cameron Smith wins 2022 British Open in record-tying style
July 18, 2022
As we successfully predicted on The Sporting Base on Wednesday, Cameron Smith of Brisbane, Australia has won the 2022 British Open at St. Andrews. On Sunday, Smith shot a round of 64 for the second time at the British Open. He also shot a score of 64 in the second round on Friday.
After Sunday’s final round, Smith posted a score of -20, which was tied for the best score ever not only at the British Open, but a major championship as well. Henrik Stenson of Sweden shot a score of -20 to win the 2016 British Open. Australia’s Jason Day shot a score of -20 to win the 2015 PGA Championship. Dustin Johnson shot a score of -20 to win the 2020 Masters.
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Smith defeated American Cameron Young by one stroke and four-time major champion Rory McIlroy by two strokes. Young finished at -19 and McIlroy finished at -18. Of McIlroy’s four major titles included the 2014 British Open.
On Sunday, Smith entered the final round four strokes back of co-leaders McIlroy and Viktor Hovland of Norway. It was quite simply a sensational round of golf for Smith, who had eight birdies and zero bogeys. He birdied the 2nd, fifth, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 18th holes.
You could call the British Open Championship the trifecta of a sensational season of golf for Smith. In January he broke the PGA record for the lowest score ever by a golfer in a four-hole tournament when he shot a -34 to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions in Maui. Then in March, Smith won $3.6 million, when he placed first at the Players Championship.
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