The Open: Cameron Smith holds off Cameron Young & Rory McIlroy at St Andrews

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Australian Cameron Smith stunned St Andrews by snatching the 150th Open Championship by one stroke from Cameron Young, as Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy missed out again.

It is a first major for Smith, who carded a bogey-free eight-under 64 – which featured five successive birdies from the 10th – to win on 20 under.

McIlroy, who led overnight by four shots alongside Viktor Hovland, closed with a two-under 70 to finish third, while Hovland tied for fourth with England’s Tommy Fleetwood after a 74.

Make no mistake though, McIlroy did not lose this. Smith won it.

The world number six – and 2020 US Masters runner-up – started the final round four adrift of the favourite and picked up two birdies in his first nine holes to gain a stroke on the McIlroy, who picked up just one shot, on the fifth.

And then Smith went on a birdie run that wiped out the overnight advantage and effectively won him the Claret Jug.

While Smith was rattling in a salvo of birdies, McIlroy was playing par golf.

More to follow.

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