A look back from the final round of the 2022 British Open Golf as Cameron Smith ends a 29-year wait for an Australian to lift the claret jug trophy since Greg Norman in 1993

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.

Australia’s Cameron Smith slips away to 3rd but remains in the hunt for the championship going into the final round of the 2022 British Open Golf at St. Andrews

Well, it’s not been the same on Day 3 today for our Aussie own Cameron Smith – who has dropped two spots from 1st to now 3rd alongside Cameron Young (USA) following a disappointing score with two birdies & bogeys in between pars of one over 73. However, he’s only four strokes away from regaining the top spot going into the 4th & final day at -12 behind joint leaders – Rory McIIroy from Northern Ireland and Norway’s Viktor Hovland. He just needs to get back on track and hopefully pray for Hovland & McIIroy to score poorly, so he can end a 29-year wait for an Aussie to lift that British major since Greg Norman back in 1993.

Meanwhile, Adam Scott remains in the Top 8 despite his Day 3 score of two under 70 after an outstanding turnaround yesterday. He has been runner-up here before in 2012 by just one stroke to South African Ernie Els, as Scott hopes to go one better as the outside favourite & add his 2nd major since the 2013 US Masters.

We didn’t see Min Woo Lee & Lucas Herbert improving much at one over 73 when they were closer to the Top 10 at the start of Day 3; Now they both fell away to Tied 24th where Herbert’s fast start went lopsided while Min Woo was inconsistent with no birdies on the back nine. They better need to bridge that gap for a full 18 hole performance if both Min Woo & Herbert wanted to finish off as high as possible later today.

It’s good to see Anthony Quayle moving up the leaderboard to Min Woo & Herbert’s position (also Tied 24th) from the Top 50-55 with seven birdies at four under 68. He wants to keep making progress and move even more spots until it’s over going into the Top 20, 15 & then 10 mark. And we round off two more Aussies competing on the final day with 48-year-old Brad Kennedy in T35 (-4) & Jason Scrivener in T55 (-2). Now Kennedy may not be able to keep up his outstanding Day 1 spell but he scored three brilliant birdies including the 9th & 18th hole. Plus, Scrivener survived the cut following his Day 3 score of one under 71.

We’re almost there but Australia is hoping that Cam Smith will take home the British Open title tomorrow AM.

Cameron Smith leads the British Open Golf while Adam Scott improves massively with a few other Aussies round out the Top 12 after Day 2

Wow! Here we are after Day 2 of the 2022 British Open at the St Andrews Links Golf Course in Scotland, and it’s unreal to see our Aussie Cameron Smith take over the leaderboard at -13 after a brilliant spell today of eight under 64. He scored three straight birdies at the start on top of another three in Holes 7, 8 & 10. Plus, there’s plenty of pars filled up in between including an eagle on the Par 5 at Hole 14. 

USA’s Cameron Young isn’t far behind Smith in 2nd by two strokes at -11 ahead of Northern Irishman Rory McIIroy – who remains in the Top 3 – alongside Viktor Hovland from Norway at -10. Speaking of Aussies on the ground, it’s still going strong with another three players in the Top 12 ahead of this weekend’s final two rounds. Although Brad Kennedy may have slipped away following his outstanding start yesterday of Tied 5th, but there’s still time to bounce back when he will resume tomorrow at -4 in Tied 25th. 

Adam Scott has definitely improved a lot from the Top 50-55 yesterday of 72 to 65 that puts him way ahead in Tied eighth at seven under par. Meanwhile, Min Woo Lee is still not far outside the top-half on Tied 12th, despite some signs of inconsistency. He has executed some excellent holes on occasions, however, that helped him redeem himself along the way. He scored an eagle once again this time on a Par 4 at the 12th (hole) before Min Woo finished his Friday spell on a high with a couple of birdies at six under 69. 

And it’s good to see Lucas Herbert improving through the field where he’s now on the same boat as Min Woo going into the weekend. As said from Day 1 yesterday, he has a strong first half performance on the front nine where Herbert kept it up with four birdies on the first 10 holes today. He just needs to make that back nine run tick, so there’s every chance possible towards a top-half finish on the fourth & final day Sunday.

For now, let’s see if Smith can keep his extended run up front while a few Aussies would love to fill up the top half on Day 3 tomorrow.

Cameron Smith, Brad Kennedy & Min Woo Lee makes up a flying start for the Aussies on Day 1 of the 2022 British Open Golf

It’s been a great start from a few of our Aussies on Day 1 of this year’s British Open golf at the St Andrews Links Golf Course in Scotland. Cameron Smith currently sits in Tied 3rd behind Rory McIIroy (Northern Ireland) & leader Cameron Young (USA) after he collected six birdies alongside a consistent series of pars at five under 67.

We also got 48-year-old Brad Kennedy sharing Tied 5th when he scored eight birdies despite some inconsistency in between at four under 68. So does Min Woo Lee who isn’t far from the top-half spots in Tied 13th, especially when he sinked an eagle on a Par 5 hole at the 14 before he wrapped his opening Day spell at three under 68.

And Lucas Herbert is in a great position to climb though the leaderboard from Tied 27th going into Day 2 tomorrow; His front nine was impressive with three birdies but he needs to improve on the back nine after his score today of two under 70.

It’s not just Aussies who are at least early in contention but there’s also a few English players we haven’t heard much before in the Top 5 right now – such as 39-year-old Robert Dinwinnie who shares with Smith in 3rd while Amateur Barclay Brown sits alongside a couple of others that rounds up the Top 10 leaderboard in Tied 5th.

For now, Let’s see if these Aussies (Min Woo, Kennedy & Smith) can keep it up their brilliant start on Day 2 tomorrow, so they can hopefully stay in the hunt & not fall behind for that major ahead of the final two rounds this weekend.

2022 US Open Golf: Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris shares the lead after Day 3 with Australian Min Woo-Lee’s sensational turnaround puts him six strokes away from a possible upset in T17

It looks like we’re going to see an amazing finish ahead of the fourth & final round tomorrow in the 2022 US Open Golf at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts. There’s another big shift when it comes the front-runners in a race to take home that major championship, with Will Zalatoris and Englishman Matt Fitzpatrick sharing the lead right now in a total of 206 strokes at -4.

Spaniard Jon Rahm isn’t far behind in 3rd at -3 where he’s only one stroke away from overtaking Zalatoris & Fitzpatrick with possible back-to-back US Open majors, despite his sub-par performance today at one over par 71.

Then there’s a mix of elite and outsiders sniffing around this Top 3 in Tied 4th – including Day 1 leader & World No.50 from Canada Adam Hadwin – who bounced back in Tied 4th at two under par 70, as well as World No.47 Keegan Bradley & this year’s Masters winner Scottie Scheffler.

Although Northern Irishman Rory McIIroy began to slip further away from the Top 5 in Tied 7th right now following a poor run today of three over par 73, but he’s still in the mix towards an possibility of going one better following his 2nd place finish from this year’s Masters. He’s currently sits alongside a couple of Americans; World No.9 Sam Burns & World No.130 Joel Dahmen in the same position as McIIroy; Plus, World No.371 Nick Hardy rounds out the Top 10.

And if that isn’t enough, we have our leading Aussie Min Woo-Lee right now in Tied 17th at two over par as he’s only six strokes away from closing in the joint leaders (Zalatoris & Fitzpatrick). He was almost eliminated from the cut at one point in 55th in Round 2 yesterday before Woo-Lee made sensational turnaround today, especially when he scored three birdies on the back nine at one under par 69.

We could see either an outsider or even a first time winner after the final day of the US Open tomorrow, as Australians are right behind Min Woo-Lee – who is on the cusp towards an upset & hopefully emulating his sister Minjee Lee with the men’s major triumph – after she won the women’s edition last weekend.

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A mix of outsiders and elite stars fighting up front going into the final two rounds this weekend at the 2022 US Open Golf

We have now seen a shift in momentum going into the final two rounds this weekend when a couple of Day 1 front-runners dropped further afield, while some players redeemed themselves in a bid to stay ahead & have a shot towards that US Open major championship. It’s the current British Open winner Collin Morikawa sharing top-spot with Joel Dahmen who is currently ranked No.130 at age 34.

Meanwhile, World No.259 Hayden Buckley has improved a couple of places to Tied 3rd at -4 following a great result today of two under par 68 – alongside reigning US Open winner Jon Rahm, Rory McIIroy, Aaron Wise & Beau Hossler. They all trail by only one stroke right now to the joint leaders (Morikawa & Dahmen) at 136.

It’s good to see World No.166 Matthew NeSmith keep his Tied 8th position at -3, even though he was a bit off the pace today at one under par 69. We also saw a couple of new unknowns flying into the shared Tied 8th spot from the Top 14-15 – with World No. 216 Patrick Rodgers & World No.317 Nathan Hardy both came off a brilliant spell in Round 2 today at two under par 69.

However, the Top 3 players from the opening round yesterday – including Day 1 leader & World No.50 Canadian Adam Hadwin; World No.445 Callum Tarren from England; World No.592 Swede David Lingmerth – struggled to build on their brilliant starts down in between 13th and 16th, although there’s still time to bounce back having all came off today at two over par 72.

So there you have it, we have a mix of elite competitors and outsiders battling up front on what it should be a fantastic final two rounds of this year’s US Open Golf this weekend at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Looking at our Aussies right now, it may be far from promising down in Tied 31st when it comes to Marc Leishman – who scored one over par 70 in Round 2 today – but it’s still possible for him to climb up through the leaderboard. Then we go further down with Adam Scott’s red-hot start just couldn’t keep up the momentum when he went from 14th to joint 40th alongside Todd Sinnott.

Although Min Woo Lee survived the cut in 55th – including a brilliant eagle he executed on the 8th hole at Par 5; We won’t see Cameron Smith, Lucas Herbert & Jed Morgan continue playing this weekend after their continuous sub-par scores over the past two days saw them all miss the cut.

A few unknowns announced themselves through the top-half leaderboard in Day 1 of the 2022 US Open Golf

There’s a couple of unknowns who topped the opening day of the 2022 US Open Golf at The Country Club in Brookline, Massachusetts.

It’s World No.50 Adam Hadwin from Canada – currently leading following a great score of four under par 66 – ahead of World No.445 from England in Callum Tarren at three under par 67, especially when he scored a brilliant eagle on the 8th hole at Par 5. Even World No.592 from Sweden, David Lingmerth is tied 2nd with Tarren – where he scored consistent pars, as well as three birdies that reflected a brilliant finish to his Round 1 spell.

Then there’s many more to list through the field apart from Rory McIlroy – with World No.130 Joel Damhen & World No.296 from South Africa MJ Daffue rounding out the Top 6; Followed by World No.259 Hayden Buckley in 7th & World No.166 Matthew NeSmith in 8th.

It will be interesting to see if this Top 7 unknown stars – who announced themselves on-course earlier today – can keep up their brilliant opening round form in Day 2 tomorrow and go big towards the final two rounds this weekend. These are the ones to watch as we hope to see any outsider being mentioned dominate one of the majors here by Sunday evening, but again it’s too early to tell at this stage.

If a couple of outsiders isn’t enough, how about we look at our Australian Adam Scott down in Tied 14th at one under par 69 – including a fantastic finish with a birdie at the 18th hole to close off his opening round stint. Marc Leishman isn’t far behind in Tied 26 at equal par 70 where he fired off the first nine holes with three birdies, but he needs to make up the 2nd half consistency in the back nine holes if he wants to climb up through the Top 15-20 mark tomorrow.

However, there are some Aussies out there who are way down the pecking order, such as reigning PGA Australia Championship winner Jed Morgan – where his majors golf debut didn’t end up so well with two double bogeys & seven bogeys that was squeezed in between pars at 12 over 82 in 4th last/153rd.

We also saw Cameron Smith being outpaced by 42nd-placed Todd Sinnott in 57th right now at two over par 72, Although there’s still time for Smith to catch up tomorrow – even though his record at the US Open isn’t good in recent years except his P4 debut back in 2015, as well as Sinnott who can make the most of his US Open debut.

Will Zalatoris leads after Day 2 of the 2022 PGA Championship; Cam Smith still in the Top 10 while Lucas Herbert unable to replicate his impressive Day 1 spell

Day 2 has saw a number of new contenders in the mix ahead of this weekend’s final two rounds of the 2022 PGA Championship at the Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Will Zalatoris is your new leader after an excellent run today of five-under 65 which puts him at nine-under overall, having stayed ahead up front with a good consistent first half spell followed by three straight birdies in the back nine holes.

Next up is Mito Perera from Chile, who is someone we haven’t heard much until now following an decent start from Tied 7th yesterday. He currently sits just behind Zalatoris by one stroke at eight-under 64 where he threw in plenty of birdies, especially in the first-half with a decent score of 31 of 35 shots alone.

Then Bubba Watson came out of nowhere from outside the Top 50 to right inside the Top 5 in 4th after an outstanding spell today of seven-under 63, while Justin Thomas still keeps an eye on the Top 2 in 3rd before looking to a big move going into tomorrow, as he looks to win his 2nd major since 2017 in this exact same tournament.

But there’s a couple of players who needed to bounce back, such as, Rory McIIroy; now he had an outstanding start with the lead yesterday, however the Northern Irishman was disappointed after Day 2 with a one-over 71 where he sits in Tied 5th. His back nine spell looked good as always with a couple of consecutive birdies, but he needs to work on strong starts which will determine if McIIroy has a good chance of chasing that major on Sunday.

We also look at the Aussies corner starting with Cam Smith who haven’t improved that much Day 2 on equal par 70, while Lucas Herbert fell of a cliff massively from Tied 7th to around Tied 30th following a sub-par score of three-over 73. There’s a still a chance Smith can bridge that gap into the Top 5 & have an extended crack for that PGA Championship title, having stayed inside the Top 10 so far. For Herbert, not so much, unless he can put in a really good performance in Round 3 like it was from Round 1 yesterday that would hopefully shock the leaderboard again.

And many fans in the Golf community still check on Tiger Woods with his comeback journey following his car accident earlier last year, which sidelined him out of action for a long period of time until his return at the Masters last month. Now he may not be able to replicate his former best self over persistent knee & leg issues that was sustained from the crash, but at least he made the cut with a slightly improve run of one-under 69 today at +3 T53.

Rory McIlroy leads after Day 1 of the 2022 PGA Championship; Lucas Herbert joins fellow Aussie Cam Smith as the outsider in Tied 7th

Good start from Rory McIIroy who is your leader at -5 (65 shots) after the first day of the 2022 PGA Championship at Southern Hills Golf Club in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He had a strong 2nd half run with four straight birdies between holes 12-15 on top of plenty of pars, as well as three birdies & two bogeys from the opening nine holes.

Will Zalatoris is right behind McIIroy’s radar in Tied 2nd alongside fellow American Tom Hoge. Zalatoris looked consistent for the majority at -4 (66 shots), especially when he collected all of his six birdies predominately in Pars 4 & one Par 5 on hole 13.

And although Hoge would’ve love to separate Zalatoris and McIlroy during the 2nd half run with only two birdies, but there’s still ample time to improve tomorrow on Day 2 when a great start and a consistent string of pars ties Hoge with Zalatoris.

The trio of Matt Kuchar, Abraham Ancer & Justin Thomas are Tied 4th right now at -3 (67 shots), while a host of players, including Australia’s own Cam Smith & Lucas Herbert, are jostling in and out of a very competitive Top 10-15 field in Tied 7th.

So great start by both Aussies there at this year’s PGA Championship, especially from an outsider like Herbert. He and Smith are hoping to close into the Top 5 tomorrow, depending on other competitors’ results, before they go all in & chase that major if possible by the weekend’s final two rounds.

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler showed ice cold consistency on the final day of The Masters to win his first green jacket – proving just why he’s world No.1.

The American started the day on 10- under, three shots ahead of Australia’s Cameron Smith. It was the Queenslander who got off to a promising start with a pair of birdies on the first two holes. But after sinking a spectacular chip on the third, Scheffler never really looked back.

There was a hint of a rally when Smith birdied the 11th. But a score of six on the par three 12th effectively ended his chances. In the end he was overtaken by Rory McIlroy, himself chasing a Grand Slam of Major victories. The Northern Irishman hit an astonishing round of 64, his magical bunker shot on the 18th one of the day’s highlights.

The day, though, belonged to Scheffler, whose final round of 71 – including four birdies – was pure class.

Smith finished third on 5- under, tied with Ireland’s Shane Lowry. America’s Colin Morikawa finished fourth on 4- under.

Elsewhere, Australia’s Min Woo Lee ended the weekend 14th; Marc Leishman finished 31; Cameron Davis 46th. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, tied 48th.

Tiger Woods, who dominated so many of this week’s headlines, finished on 13- over. Not quite the fairytale comeback fans hoped for, but the fact the five-time champion completed 72 holes was remarkable; just 14 months ago he underwent extensive emergency surgery to save his right leg following a car accident.