The 150th edition of the British Open returned to the home of golf at St. Andrews, Scotland. Sixth-ranked player in the world and Australian native Cameron Smith entered the final round with a shot at winning the championship, but clearly it was Rory McIlroy who was the favorite, entering Sunday with the lead.
After two birdies on the front nine, Smith was still in the mix, while McIlroy was merely average as his putter failed him. Smith went on a run starting the back nine with five straight birdies, and by the late in the round pulled ahead. A birdie on the 18th sealed the deal for Smith, who at –20 took down Cameron Young by a stroke and McIlroy by two.
Smith became just the fifth Australian to win the British Open, joining Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch and the third to win it at St. Andrews. Now ranked second in the world, the 28-year-old Smith has six PGA Tour wins and his third this season, including the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Players Championship. While Smith is the cream of the crop from Australia, there were several others that made their mark at the British Open.
Lucas Herbert, Anthony Quayle and Adam Scott all finished tied for 15th at 10-under par. Min Woo Lee finished tied for 21st at 9-under, while Brad Kennedy and Jason Scrivener both performed admirably and finished at 4-under. Scott, at age 42, has 31 professional wins and 14 on the PGA Tour.
Herbert, Quayle, and Lee are all in their 20s and have some professional wins. It’s just a matter of time before they win some events on the PGA Tour.
Although the majors are over for 2022, there is still some great golf left on the season schedule. The 3M Open is this week, followed by the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Wyndham Championship.
The season conclude with the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which features three events: FedEx St. Jude Classic, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship which will be held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia August 25-28.