This past weekend saw one of the most prestigious events in Golf when the Open Championship took place in the esteemed St. Andrews. Golfers lined up at their respective tees at the Old Course beginning on Thursday and provided fans with an entertaining weekend. Rory McIroy had spectators believing he was on the verge of ending a long drought on Sunday that would only extend upon his impressive resume, but he fell short ultimately to young Australian Cameron Smith. Smith entered the final round of the Open Championship behind by four strokes but entered the final round confident, and would end up beating the competition. Let's take a look at how the 2022 Open Championship played out and what it means for the future of golf.
All eyes were on McIlroy heading into Sunday, who held a co-lead with Norwegian Pro Viktor Holland at 14-under that put them ahead of Smith and American Cameron Young at the 12-under and in a tie for third. McIlroy was notably in the midst of a considerable drought as well having gone the past eight seasons without winning a major like the Open Championship, making a potential win especially meaningful for the talented golfer. His desire to win proved to be no match for Cameron Smith’s putter, who put on a show Sunday in arguably his best round of the tournament: Smith posted 8 birdies total, including 5 straight to begin the back 9 and a final on the 18th hole to leave him at 20-under after four rounds at one of the most revered courses in all of professional golf. Smith emerged as the 1st ranked putter at this weekend’s tournament, further accentuating why we should expect to see the Australian Pro a lot moving forward as the golf season continues.
Camerron Smith was a huge underdog on Sunday, with many sportsbooks offering 10x your money on a bet for Smith to win the Open Championship. Mcilroy, the heavy favorite, ended up finishing in third and further built upon the drought that has plagued him for so long. It will be interesting to see how Cameron performs the rest of the season and cements his name across golf, as well as how Mcilroy and other esteemed golfers piece together the rest of their seasons. The next PGA event takes place September 30th through October 3rd in the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Mississippi.