ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – (AP) – The latest news on the British Open (all local times):
Expect Cameron Smith to celebrate his British Open win with a drink or two.
The Australian had just received the burgundy pitcher on the 18th green after winning the 150th Open at St. Andrews when asked what he plans to do later in the day.
“I’m definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing for sure,” Smith said in an interview on the first fairway while holding the trophy.
Smith is the first Australian to win the British Open on the Old Course since Kel Nagle in 1960.
Cameron Smith’s winning margin at the British Open was one stroke.
Playing partner Cameron Young eagled on the last hole to move to 19 under and alone in second after a 7 under 65.
Rory McIlroy pared at No. 18 for a 70 and finished in third place. His eight-year wait for a fifth major title continues.
Cameron Smith won the British Open for his first major title.
The Aussie shot 8-under the 64 to close a four-shot deficit in the final round. Rory McIlroy started the final round tied for the lead with Viktor Hovland.
Smith finished on 20 under 268, the lowest score at a British Open at St. Andrews.
McIlroy needed the No. 18 Eagle to force the playoffs, but his chip went over the hole.
Cameron Smith heads to the 18th hole with a one stroke lead at the British Open.
The Aussie rolled in a 10-foot par putt at No. 17 to stay on 19 under.
Rory McIlroy is in the fairway on the 17th hole and is alone in second place. Cameron Young is one move further playing No. 18.
Cameron Smith holds the British Open lead after edging out Rory McIlroy with his fifth consecutive birdie.
Smith is 19 under par over 14 holes. McIlroy birdied on 14 to tie the game, but missed it by inches.
Cameron Smith opened the back nine with four straight birdies to tie for the lead with Rory McIlroy at the British Open.
Smith entered the day four strokes behind but joined McIlroy at 18 under par.
McIlroy, the 2014 British Open champion, had two birdies over 12 holes. Smith has six of 13 birdies.
Rory McIlroy is nine holes away from having his name engraved on the silver claret pitcher again.
McIlroy only birdied once and missed a few good chances on the front nine. But he didn’t have to do much. Viktor Hovland remains the only St. Andrews player yet to birdie in the final round of the British Open. He dropped a shot on the fourth, ending his streak of 26 straight bogey holes.
Cameron Smith and Cameron Young joined the fight for the final two hours.
McIlroy was 17 under par, two ahead of Hovland, Smith and Young. McIlroy is trying to finish eight years without winning a major. His last was the 2014 PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Rory McIlroy opened up a two-stroke lead over the top nine at the British Open.
Viktor Hovland was the first to blink when he badly missed his approach on the fourth, leaving himself 8 feet from the hole. He put three putts for a bogey. On the next hole at the par-5 fifth, Hovland was on the downslope of the rough and couldn’t reach the green in two. He made par, while McIlroy had two birdie putts to reach 17 under.
Cameron Young and Cameron Smith were each 2 under for their rounds and three shots behind.
The only player going in the wrong direction was Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. He found a pot bunker off the tee at par-5 fifth and three putts for a bogey. He made another bogey on the next hole and was eight strokes behind.
Filippo Celli won the silver medal as a weak amateur at the British Open.
The 21-year-old Italian shot 1-under 71 in the final round to end the week at 5-under, six shots ahead of Aaron Jarvis.
Celli started the day at 4 under and missed two of his first three holes. He finished the front nine at 4 under with three birdies and three bogeys.
His breakthrough came on the par-5 14th when he put his second shot within 9 feet of the pin and then sank the eagle putt. He bogeyed on the 17th but just missed an eagle on the 18th. He then made the 2-foot birdie putt.
Celli won the European Amateur Championship in Spain in June. Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia are the previous winners of this tournament.
McIlroy also won silver as a weak amateur at the 2007 British Open.
Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland started on the final day of the British Open at St. Andrews.
McIlroy and Hovland lead the tournament at 16 under par, four strokes ahead of Cameron Smith.
McIlroy won the burgundy jug in 2014 at Royal Liverpool. Hovland is trying to become the first Norwegian to win a golf major.
Thailand’s Sadom Kaewkanjana and Mexico’s Abraham Ancer both shot 7-under 65 in the final round of the British Open to move to 11 under, five strokes behind co-leaders Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland.
Kaewkanjana and Ancer, who were playing together, entered the day 12 strokes behind the leaders at 4 under. McIlroy and Hovland have yet to start their final rounds.
Kaewkanjana, 24, is playing her first British Open. Ancer is participating in the tournament for the fourth time. He missed the cut in 2018 and 2019 but finished tied for 59th last year at Royal St. George’s.
Gray skies and light rain greet the final day of the British Open at St. Andrews, though that’s not expected to last by the time Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland tee off.
They are tied for the lead at 16 under par. McIlroy is trying to win his second pot of Bordeaux and his first major in eight years. Hovland is trying to win their first major, and a first for Norway.
So ends a big week in the cradle of golf. The R&A harshly criticized the Saudi-funded rival league and suggested changes to the criteria. Tiger Woods crossed the Swilcan Bridge for what could be the last time after missing the cut.
All that remains is to crown a “champion golfer of the year”. Four players were within five shots of McIlroy and Hovland. That includes Masters champion Scottie Scheffler. Nick Faldo is the only other player to win at Augusta National and St. Andrews in the same year.
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