Cameron Smith Captures The Open Championship at St. Andrews

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The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland — July 17, 2022

On a day that the title “Champion Golfer of the Year” was his for the taking, Rory McIlroy’s putter let him down. After starting the day with a four-stroke lead, McIlroy made a birdie on the par-five, fifth hole and still led by three strokes at the end of nine holes. But he missed several chances to extend his lead.

McIlroy’s partner, in the final pairing of the day, Viktor Hovland bogeyed the fourth and never was able to make up any ground. The Camerons, playing just ahead of McIlroy, made some noise when Cameron Young made birdies on holes three, four, five, and seven, after starting with a bogey on the first hole. Young dropped back into a tie for second with Cameron Smith after a bogey on the ninth.

Smith birdied the second and fifth holes but only picked up a stroke on McIlroy after the opening nine of the day.

Lightning Strikes

Cameron Smith made the turn and caught fire. Five straight birdies on the back nine and Smith sat atop the leaderboard. Cameron Young avoided bogies on the back side while making birdies on 10, 13, and 14 to go 19-under-par. An eagle on the 18th moved Young to 19 under. Smith birdied the final hole to post a score of 20-under.

McIlroy had the chance to respond to the challenges of Smith and Young. The putts just would not drop. Putting statistics are an interesting indication of how a round plays out. McIlroy needed 36 putts to get around St. Andrews during the final round. Cameron Smith took just 29, including an incredible number of just 12 putts over the final nine holes.

Cameron Smith wins The Open Championship / Photo Credit: The Golf Channel

A new name was added to the Claret Jug. With Smith’s score of 64, he duplicated Friday’s round and matched the lowest round of the week at the Old Course. Adding to McIlroys’ disappointment, his score of two under for the day was bested by 43 of the 83 players that were still playing during Sunday’s round.

Results of the 150th Open Championship at The Old Course in St. Andrews

POSITION TOTAL TO PAR R1 R2 R3 R4 STROKES
1 Cameron Smith -20 67 64 73 64 268
2 Cameron Young -19 64 69 71 65 269
3 Rory McIlroy -18 66 68 66 70 270
T4 Tommy Fleetwood -14 72 69 66 67 274
T4 Viktor Hovland -14 68 66 66 74 274
T6 Brian Harman -13 73 68 68 66 275
T6 Dustin Johnson -13 68 67 71 69 275
T8 Bryson DeChambeau -12 69 74 67 66 276
T8 Patrick Cantlay -12 70 67 71 68 276
T8 Jordan Spieth -12 71 69 68 68 276
T11 Sadom Kaewkanjana -11 71 67 74 65 277
T11 Abraham Ancer -11 71 68 73 65 277
T11 Dean Burmester -11 71 73 67 66 277
T11 Tyrrell Hatton -11 70 66 73 68 277
T15 Lucas Herbert -10 70 68 73 67 278
T15 Xander Schauffele -10 69 70 72 67 278
T15 Anthony Quayle -10 74 69 68 67 278
T15 Francesco Molinari -10 73 71 66 68 278
T15 Adam Scott -10 72 65 70 71 278
T15 Si Woo Kim -10 69 69 67 73 278
T21 Billy Horschel -9 73 69 70 67 279
T21 Min Woo Lee -9 69 69 73 68 279
T21 Trey Mullinax -9 71 73 66 69 279
T21 Shane Lowry -9 72 68 69 70 279
T21 Kevin Kisner -9 74 70 65 70 279
T21 Matt Fitzpatrick -9 72 66 69 72 279
T21 Scottie Scheffler -9 68 68 69 74 279
T28 Tony Finau -8 73 71 70 66 280
T28 Corey Conners -8 71 71 71 67 280
T28 Harold Varner III -8 73 67 72 68 280
T28 Will Zalatoris -8 73 67 71 69 280
T28 Dylan Frittelli -8 70 71 69 70 280
T28 Thomas Pieters -8 75 67 67 71 280
T34 Thomas Detry -7 70 69 74 68 281
T34 Robert MacIntyre -7 70 74 69 68 281
T34 Talor Gooch -7 68 69 75 69 281
T34 Lee Westwood -7 68 71 73 69 281
T34 Sahith Theegala -7 69 68 74 70 281
T34 Jon Rahm -7 73 67 71 70 281
T34 Victor Perez -7 71 69 71 70 281
T34 Aaron Wise -7 72 67 71 71 281
T42 Sam Burns -6 72 69 77 64 282
T42 Jason Kokrak -6 72 70 72 68 282
T42 Thriston Lawrence -6 69 71 73 69 282
T42 Adrian Meronk -6 75 68 70 69 282
T42 Chris Kirk -6 75 68 69 70 282
T47 Garrick Higgo -5 72 69 76 66 283
T47 Patrick Reed -5 72 68 76 67 283
T47 Jordan L Smith -5 73 71 72 67 283
T47 Yuto Katsuragawa -5 71 68 75 69 283
T47 Joohyung Kim -5 69 71 72 71 283
T47 Filippo Celli -5 74 67 71 71 283
T53 Joaquin Niemann -4 69 74 73 68 284
T53 Danny Willett -4 69 73 73 69 284
T53 Robert Dinwiddie -4 67 77 71 69 284
T53 Lars Van Meijel -4 74 70 71 69 284
T53 Justin Thomas -4 72 70 72 70 284
T53 Paul Casey -4 71 72 71 70 284
T53 Jason Scrivener -4 72 71 71 70 284
T53 Brad Kennedy -4 68 72 72 72 284
T53 Nicolai Hojgaard -4 73 67 71 73 284
T62 Cameron Tringale -3 71 71 74 69 285
T62 Sebastián Muñoz -3 73 71 71 70 285
T62 John Parry -3 69 74 70 72 285
T62 David Carey -3 72 67 73 73 285
T62 Ian Poulter -3 69 72 70 74 285
T62 Russell Henley -3 70 72 68 75 285
T68 Hideki Matsuyama -2 71 72 76 67 286
T68 Sergio Garcia -2 75 66 72 73 286
T68 Christiaan Bezuidenhout -2 73 71 68 74 286
T68 Richard Mansell -2 73 71 68 74 286
T72 David Law -1 72 69 77 69 287
T72 Kurt Kitayama -1 68 73 73 73 287
T74 Marcus Armitage E 71 72 71 74 288
T74 Justin De Los Santos E 71 73 70 74 288
T76 Wyndham Clark 1 71 73 76 69 289
T76 Adri Arnaus 1 74 70 73 72 289
T76 Aaron Jarvis (a) 1 75 69 72 73 289
T79 Laurie Canter 2 72 70 74 74 290
T79 Barclay Brown (a) 2 68 70 77 75 290
T81 Sam Bairstow (a) 4 72 72 79 69 292
T81 Sungjae Im 4 71 73 74 74 292
83 Jamie Rutherford 8 73 70 78 75 296