Was This Tiger Woods’s Last Journey To St. Andrews?

Rory McIlroy’s look forward to a fifth main goes on after he was overwhelmed to the Claret Jug by the sensational Australian Cameron Smith.

Smith produced a string of birdies to shut out with a spherical of 64, beating his enjoying companion Cameron Younger by one shot, as McIlroy ended up ending third with a last spherical of 70.

Comply with for dwell updates and response from the Open at St Andrews, beneath:

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Cam Smith speaks

“All of the onerous work we’ve put in prior to now couple of years has began to return off,” says an emotional Smith, who spent two years aside from household again dwelling in Australia because of the pandemic. “This one undoubtedly makes it value it.”

He thanks the R&A, saying: “That is precisely how an Open needs to be performed, agency and quick, with robust pins. It was simply superior on the market.”

And he thanks the followers at St Andrews, “particularly the Aussies, you guys saved me going.”

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Rory McIlroy speaks

“I had an important alternative so as to add to my main titles and I didn’t fairly get it completed.

“I didn’t really feel like I did many issues mistaken however the putter went chilly on me there just about all through the spherical. I did what I needed to do, I performed a very managed spherical of golf.

“When Cam Smith went on that run on the again 9 I actually needed to dig deep to make some birdies and I simply couldn’t. I obtained overwhelmed by the higher participant this week. To exit and shoot 64 to win an Open Championship at St Andrew is a hell of a exhibiting. Hats off to Cam, he’s had an unbelievable week.

“I do know that I can do it. I like this course, I play effectively right here. I’ve completed third each instances the final two Opens right here. It’s coming. I’m knocking on the door, I simply want to remain affected person and finally one will open for me.”

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Cameron Smith wins the Open

Right here is how the leaderboard completed, with Smith holding off Younger by one:

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Cameron Smith wins the Open

McIlroy salutes the gang after falling simply brief:

Rory McIlroy salutes the gang at St Andrews

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Cameron Smith wins the Open

A birdie on the final was sufficient to carry off not McIlroy however his enjoying companion Cameron Younger, in the long run, who completed second with that eagle on 18.

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Cameron Smith wins the Open!

McIlroy hammers the chip on the flag but it surely bumps simply huge and previous, and Cameron Smith is the Open champion.

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The Open 2022

So, McIlroy should gap this tough chip to power a play-off, in any other case it’s throughout…

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The Open 2022

McIlroy is aware of he want a two on the 18th. He tries to drive the inexperienced but it surely comes up brief, and he’ll want a sensational pitch, or lengthy putt, to power a play-off. Smith has one hand on the Claret Jug.

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The Open 2022

McIlroy marches to the 18th tee. Up forward on the inexperienced, Smith judges one other good putt fantastically and will faucet in for birdie. Then Younger makes his eagle putt! So Younger finishes on 19-under, and Smith rolls in his putt to complete on 20-under-par with a 64 in his last spherical. Simply sensational, a placing exhibition.

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The Open 2022

He begins it left and it simply doesn’t flip – par for McIlroy on 17. Agonising.

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