British Open 2022 standings, winner: Cameron Smith equals major scoring record in win at St. Andrews

Starting the day four strokes behind leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Australian sensation Cameron Smith played through the 64th final round to claim Golfer of the Year as the winner of the 150th Open Championship. Smith (-20) tied for the lowest tied score in major championship history, and his 30 over the last nine on Sunday was the lowest score in the last half of a round for any champion major.

Making up for the disappointment of his third round, Smith was nothing short of brilliant in rediscovering the putting magic that first led him to the 36-hole lead. He scored eight birdies without bogeys on Sunday, starting with a 34 over the front before dropping on five consecutive holes from Nos. 10-14 as he took advantage of every scoring opportunity at the Old Course to reclaim the lead. by McIlroy.

Despite the barrage of birdies, it was a normal stoppage on the 17th that Smith can consider his championship defining moment. Behind the Road Hole bunker in two, he used his greatest weapon – the putter – to get up and down St. Andrews’ toughest hole.

Cutting the wind from McIlroy’s sails, Smith became the first major champion in modern history to sign for two runs of 64 or less. His aggressive play cost him in the third round, but that’s exactly what propelled him to victory on Sunday as he joined Jack Nicklaus (1978) as the only man to win The Players Championship and The Open the same year.

Here is the breakdown of the final standings for the 150th Open Championship.

1. Cameron Smith (-20): Playing McIlroy’s spoiler, Smith managed to right the wrongs of his third round with a brilliant 8-under 64. He won nearly 10 shots in the first two days and hit his hot shot again on Sunday. It was a lackluster start to his final lap as he turned 2 under before catching fire on the front end of his inside nine. Five consecutive birdies marked a personal best in his major championship career, and he once again proved that when the lights are brightest, his game shines. He beat Jon Rahm in the Tournament of Champions, birdied 10 in the final round of The Players Championship to secure the biggest payday in golf and watched all of St. Andrews to lift the Claret Jug.

2. Cameron Young (-19): Good for his fourth runner-up finish of his rookie campaign, Young looks anything but a neophyte when he enters a major championship site. He has now finished on the podium at Riviera, Southern Hills and St. Andrews. The first victory of his career on the PGA Tour is surely around the corner. Young would have signed up for a 7 Under 65 final round at the start of the day, but he will blame himself for some stupid mistakes. The three-putted youngster No. 1 had to take an unplayable ninth on the court par 4 and left birdie opportunities on No. 15 and 17 and finished second despite those blunders.

3. Rory McIlroy (-18): If the Masters runner-up was pure jubilation, it must feel like an ultra defeat. Possessing the 54-hole lead in a major championship for the first time in eight years, McIlroy’s lack of aggression and heightened level of maturity may have actually been a thorn in his side. Unable to do anything on the greens, the four-time major winner putted twice on the final 39 holes of his championship to fall within two strokes of Smith. McIlroy became the only player in 2022 to finish in the top 10 of every major championship, but at this point in his career he won’t be consoled by close calls. Rory hasn’t won a major championship in eight years and now has 17 top-10 finishes in 31 such events contested during that time.

“I knew I could do it. I know this golf course. I play well here. The last two Opens I’ve played here, I’ve finished 3rd both times,” McIlroy said. “It happens. I think this whole major season, 2nd at Augusta [National]3rd here, 5th at US Open, 8th at PGA [Championship] – I knock on the door. I just have to be patient, keep knocking on the door, and eventually it will be opened to me again.”

T4. Viktor Hovland and Tommy Fleetwood (-14): In his first major championship try, Hovland struggled early and often signing for a 2 of 74. Making head-scratching decisions such as keeping the driver in the bag on accessible birdie holes, the young Norwegian should put this experience to good use. good use. It marks its first top 10 in a major championship and could serve as a springboard towards 2023.

T6. Dustin Johnson and Brian Harman (-13): Reaching 11 under after consecutive birdies early in his third round, Johnson played his remaining 33 holes in 2 under. Simply too messy on and around the greens, the two-time major winner may have passed up one of the best opportunities to win an Open. With so much uncertainty around the status of his major eligibility going forward, Johnson may only have until 2025 to add to his total.

T8. Bryson DeChambeau, Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay (-12): Outside of the second round, DeChambeau was impressive around St. Andrews signing for rounds of 69-74-67-66 for a total of 12 under. Over the weekend he used a different strategy; one wonders what his championship would have looked like if he had been aggressive from the start. The Old Course was no match for the modern player, and despite being the mad scientist, it was too little too late once DeChambeau figured out St. Andrews.

T15. Xander Schauele, Adam Scott, Francesco Molinari and three others (-10): A three-time winner this season, Schauffele never fitting into the mix came as a surprise. After being victorious in his last two starts, the Olympic gold medalist sees another major league season succeed without entering the winner’s circle. He’s had his chances over the years, most recently at the 2021 Masters, but 2022 will be a forgettable effort.

T21. Shane Lowry, Matt Fitzpatrick, Scottie Scheffler and four others (-9): The 2019 champion golfer of the year made noise on Saturday with back-to-back eagles, placing himself on the fringes of contention. Later, stumbling home, Lowry was unable to sustain that momentum and became a non-factor in this Open. For his consistency, he should be disappointed with his game because he has only taken into account one major championship this season, this being his T3 at the Masters. Scheffler, meanwhile, had an outside chance to move up the leaderboard but instead took the opposite direction with a shaky putter and inconsistent play on Sunday.

T28. Will Zalatoris, Tony Finau, Corey Conners and three others (-8): A two-time runner-up in major championships this season, Zalatoris should be proud of the way he played on golf’s biggest stage. He entered this week as one of two men who had finished in the top 10 of each major and will leave after making a few shots before collecting all four. Zalatoris withdrew from his Open debut last year due to a wrist injury and appeared to be up to the challenge of links golf on his first round of 72 holes.

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