Australian Cameron Smith is the new champions of the British Open, the best tournament that no golfer can win, and he did after giving a memorable performance. He signed 64 strokes to win the jar of claret and he also did it on the Old Course, in the 150th edition of the oldest tournament in the world. He also became the fourth player in history to achieve a -20 in relation to par in a “major” after Henrik Stenson (British 2016), Jason Day (PGA 2015) and Dustin johnson (Masters 2020) his name is installed next to that of historical figures such as Bobby Jones, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger woods, Seve Ballesteros or Nick Falso. He also left unforgettable moments like the putt to par on the 17th or the birdie on the 18th to counteract the eagle that his match partner Cameron Young had just achieves, and that matches him for a few seconds in first position.
The 28 years old Aussie´s triumph is in any case no surprise. This same year he won in The Players and established in the Sentry Tournement of Champions the record for the lowest score on the PGA Tour with his -34 total. In the history of this sport, only he and Nicklaus have won The Players and the Open in the same year, and bot also did so by taking the latter in the cathedral of golf.
At the 202 Augusta Master, in which he was second, he became the first player in history to complete all four rounds in under 70 strokes. In the decisive moments the best Smith appeared. He got into a compromised situation after the second shot he hit on the 17th hole. The bunker stood between the flag and him. His strategy was successful. He threw a risky putt around the trap, although without the possibility of hole, and still left one of three meters.
with great cold blood he pushed the ball again and put it in, the same way he had been doing all week. Shortly after, Rory hurried his options with a putt also on the 17th that he was about to put in, but made par.