Cameron Smith wins British Open, passing Rory McIlroy: Golf Twitter in shock

Cameron Smith went into the final round of the British Open four strokes off the lead but won the Open Championship in a historic finish.

Going into the final round of the British Open, it seemed like the Open Championship would be a two-man race. Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland held a four-stroke lead on the Old Course at St Andrews and the way they played it was hard to imagine anyone catching up. However, Cameron Smith more than imagined it.

The Australian, who has featured at The Masters a number of times, recaptured the putter that propelled him to the 36-hole lead before a disappointing Saturday of the century.

McIlroy didn’t play badly, but Smith played well historically, firing a Sunday 64 – making him the first golfer to shoot two rounds of 64 or more in Open Championship history – to defeat his Northern Irish counterpart and win the British Open to win.

Cameron Smith wins British Open: Golf Twitter in awe of surreal comeback

Golf Twitter was both disappointed for McIlroy (like many others) but also had no choice but to applaud what Smith did on Sunday to grab the big championship, his first, and bring it home.

Smith was class from start to finish with controlled aggression and an en fuego flat stick. He rolled in everything he looked at, especially on the back nine, as it only took him 12 putts on his last nine holes to get 20-under for the tournament and win.

This is likely a floodgate moment for Smith. We saw that coming and under the most unlikely of circumstances he made history to get his first major. But it’s also immense heartbreak for Rory McIlroy, whose great drought is now entering its ninth year despite coming so close so many times this year.

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John Verrall

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