Cameron Smith made a good comeback and won the British Open 2022 by a margin of one shot

Cameron Smith made a good comeback and won the British Open 2022 by a margin of one shot

Cameron Smith charged his way into history on the Old Course, a Sunday stunner at St. Andrews that sent the Australian to his first major by 

overcoming Rory McIlroy to win the British Open. The stage was set for McIlroy to end his eight-year drought in the majors and cap off a

week of celebration at the home of golf in the 150th Open. Smith stole the show by running off five straight birdies to start the back nine and

delivering more clutch moments at the end. His 8-under 64 was the lowest final round by a champion in the 30 times golf's oldest c 

champion has been played at St. Andrews. Smith won by one shot over Cameron Young, who holed a 15-foot eagle putt on the

final hole. It wasn't enough, and neither was anything McIlroy could muster. He couldn't make a putt early. He couldn't hit

it close enough late. His last good chance was a 15-foot birdie attempt on the scary Road Hole at No. 17, and it narrowly missed to the left. 

Smith, who saved par on the 17th with a 10-foot putt, was at the front of the 18th green with his tee shot. From 80 feet away, his pace up the slope and toward the cup was 

close to perfect, leaving him a tap-in birdie to finish at 20-under 268. Smith matched the major championship record to par, last reached by Dustin Johnson in the 2020 Masters held in November.