Cameron Smith produced one the great rounds in major history to win the 150th Open Championship at St Andrews. Starting 4 shots back from Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland, Smith shot an outstanding 64 to win by 1. His back 9 was completed in just 30 shots starting with 5 birdies on the back 9. McIlroy did manage to go bogey free in his last round but with just 2 birdies he ended up finishing 3rd behind Cameron Young who made eagle on 18 to shoot a brilliant 65.
The whole championship was a great occasion. The Old Course was a little exposed with the UK weather surprisingly good, any wet weather they did get was just in the evening which helped to soften the greens for the players. Even though the conditions didn't give a true reflection of link's golf the famous humps and bumps of St Andrews still showed its quality and what would happen if you missed it on the wrong side. We still had players hitting the ball on the road down 17 and players coming up short at 18. We had Ian Poulter almost hit out of bounds down the first, the widest fairway in professional golf, and Justin Thomas had a full top off the 18th tee.
As good as all the golf was sadly the end has had a bitter taste. During his press duties after winning the claret jug, Smith was asked about the rumours he was joining the LIV golf series that is fronted by his friend Greg Norman. Smith said it was stupid to ask such a question after just winning golfs greatest competition but he never denied and it has been reported since that he is being offered $90 million to make the move. It would be a big blow for the PGA/DP World Tours to lose the latest major champion and the current Players champion. Unless rules were to change Smith can now compete in The Open for life and will have exemption at the others majors for the next few years.
It is a shame that we still have to be talking about the LIV series in this way. I have said all along that they are not going any where so the tours need to come together and work something out before it has a negative effect on the whole of golf. Although Smith wouldn't be seen as such a big name like Bryson and DJ he would be the most inform player to leave the PGA Tour and is still in his twenties. Let's hope that now the major season is over that something can be worked out so we don't go through this again next year.