Australia’s Cameron Smith hailed his Open Championship win as “incredible” after claiming his first Major title in a stunning final round at St Andrews.
Smith cleared a four-stroke deficit in three days with his second 64, with the 28-year-old Brisbane’s 20-under topping the previous record of 19-under on the Old Course, set by Tiger Woods in 2000 was.
An eighth birdie of the day on the 18th gave Smith a one-shot victory over playing partner Cameron Young, who conquered the final hole while 54-hole co-leader Rory McIlroy landed a shot down after a final 70.
“I think that winning an Open Championship in itself will be the highlight of a golfer’s career. Doing it near St Andrews is just incredible in my opinion,” said Smith, who declined to deny reports linking him to the Saudi-backed LIV golf series.
“This place is so cool. I love the golf course. i love the city To have the 150th Open here and go home with a win is just something I’ve dreamed of.
“It’s unreal to look at those names on this trophy and then add mine, words fail me. I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing, that’s for sure.”
When asked if he hadn’t capitalized on previous Major win opportunities – he finished second at the 2020 Masters and third at the Augusta National in April – Smith added, “I’ve definitely kicked myself a few times over the past few years.
“It was pretty cool to do like I did today, to be back and really push to pot putts. It was fantastic.
“The course was exactly how an Open Championship should be played, firm and fast. It was absolutely unreal. I’ve had a lot of support out there, especially the Aussies who really pushed me to stay out there. This is for Oz.”
Asked about the possibility of joining the breakaway LIV Golf series, which is spearheaded by fellow Australian and two-time Open champion Greg Norman, Smith said: “I’ve just won the British Open and you’re asking about it.
“I think that’s pretty not so good.”
When asked if he was interested in joining, Smith added: “I don’t know mate. My team around me worries about all these things. I’m here to win golf tournaments.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/golf/cameron-smith-rory-mcilroy-st-andrews-liv-golf-brisbane-b2125239.html Cameron Smith enjoys ‘great’ Open win and dodges LIV golf questions