Cameron Smith has delivered the greatest final round ever seen by a champion at St Andrews to become the fifth Australian to win The Open Championship.
Cameron Smith has become the first Australian golfer in 29 years to win the Open Championship, after a stunning final round 64 at St Andrews. Smith's total of 20-under left him one shot clear of American Cameron Young, with third-round co-leader Rory McIlroy a further shot back.
McIlroy could only manage a final-round 70, while the other third round leader, Viktor Hovland, was never a factor and shot 74 as Smith surged to the lead. Smith made five birdies in a row between the 10th and 14th holes, and also birdied the last, his 64 the lowest final round at the historic Old Course.
Smith was lost for words after the win. "It is unreal to look at the names on this trophy and then add mine," he said. "I'm definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing, that's for sure." Smith is the fifth Australian to win the historic championship, which this year celebrates its 150th edition.
Peter Thomson (five times), Greg Norman (twice), Kel Nagle and Ian Baker-Finch have also lifted the historic Claret Jug. Smith joins Thomson (in 1955) and Nagle (1960) as Australians to have won at St Andrews.
"To win an Open Championship in itself is probably going to be a golfer's highlight in their career," Smith said. "To do it around St. Andrews I think is just unbelievable."