Street. Andrews, Scotland – road, bunker, hotel, railway shed – and a tee box that’s usually off limits. Welcome to one of the funniest holes in all of golf, which ultimately decided the British Open on Sunday.
Cameron Smith, who played near flawless golf with his 8-under-64 shot to win the 150th Open on golf course, overcame his worst shot of the day with a tense hit along the barren grass on the green, where he was holed up. 10 equal footers that saved the tournament.
It wasn’t the best place to be,” said Sam Penfield, the courier.
Smith seems hardly annoyed. The Players Championship winner earlier this year, who was known for his ups and downs coupled with some unbridled off-the-shirt play, beat teammate Rory McIlroy with a five-bird assist in a row to win his first title. The major tournaments.
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It was a bitter blow for McIlroy, who didn’t do much wrong with his 70’s shooting, but probably did the Snow Angels in that deep bunker next to the 17th green to get a bit of Smith’s throwing prowess during the last round. McIlroy didn’t miss the green and still lost by two.
Smith, from now on, only needed 29 hits, and seemed to be hiding from Edinburgh. Starting today four shots behind McIlroy and Victor Hovland, he made two birds in the second and fifth holes to stay in touch.
Then starting at 10, he set off on a five-hole round that saw him take the lead he never gave up but for a moment. Even as Cameron Young made an eagle on the 18th hole to tie for a brief period, Smith quietly stepped up and shot 2 feet for the margin of victory – forcing McIlroy to have to tie the 18th eagle to equalize.
“Winning an Open Championship in and of itself would probably be one of the highlights of their careers,” Smith said. “To do it around St. Andrews, I think it’s incredible. This place is very cool. I love the golf course. I love the city. ”
A big part of her lore is that she’s annoying 17The tenth A hole, now 495 yards and one Ben Crenshaw once described as the toughest level 4 in championship golf “because it was designed as a par 5”
No one would design such a hole today, although in fairness to Tom Morris Sr., who nursed it in its current state, and the game tycoons who first painted holes in the track about 500 years ago, there was no hotel at the time.
The hatch tee was criticized several years ago when it was returned to land that technically did not exist on the property. The Old Course is usually bombarded with golf balls, including one from Justin Thomas during practice this week. The tee launch line is located above the old railway shed – the train line used to run right next to the track – and players often shoot over the word “Course” in the Old Course Hotel sign.
Once you reach the green area, you will find the bad Road Bunker on the left, the “road” to the right and an old wall that is running and offers no relief.
Smith did everything right up until that point, hitting the perfect tee on the proper line and into the fairway.
“We were trying to fly it 5 meters over the false front,” said Penfield. “We had a 9 iron in there. He was trying to get a tie in there, and he just pulled it off. It didn’t end up in a very good place. That was probably his only shot he missed on his back nine. It didn’t look like a great place to walk uphill. But he ended up getting a 4 Of which. ”
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Had the ball gone in the dugout, Smith’s ordeal would have been worse. But that definitely wasn’t cool either. There was no direct cutting line to the hole, and it would be impossible to keep it close.
So Smith decided to strike.
“The second shot at 17, it’s really an embarrassing shot, especially when I was,” Smith said. “I kind of had to pull a 9 iron in there. You’re just trying to get it to 40 or 50 feet anyway. I didn’t quite stick to the shape I wanted to get in and I got it a little forward and flipped a touch more than I would have liked.
“Then hitting next to the green, I mean, I was just trying to get it 15 feet deep, and the putter felt really good all day. I knew if I could get it somewhere in there, I would be able to give it a good run.
The ground was so firm and firm that throwing was the preferred choice of the Greens in most cases, Benfield said. “It was the smart play there,” he said. ‘Usually it’s just the opposite. He’d rather cut it off. But he did the right thing.’
Smith rolled the mortar next to the bunker and watched it roll onto the green, stopping about 10 feet away. He ruled out disaster and gave himself a chance to equalize – which he did. “I kind of got away with 4 there,” he said.
He basically won the championship. Yes, he had to make an eighteen-year-old bird to neutralize Young with a stroke, but a ghost was going to change everything. He would have allowed McElroy a chance, and he might then have faced a four-hole playoff with Young.
“It’s huge,” said Australian Adam Scott, who tied for 15th and has never won the Open Championship despite a lack of calls. “It’s a little bigger than winning the Open Championship. She won 150th place in St. Andrews. We’ve been hearing it all week. Rory called it the Holy Grail. Jack (Nicklaus) said you’re not cool unless you win here.
“Cam not only gets a claret bowl, he gets those extra specials by his side. The number 30 in the back nine should be one of those. The calm is really incredible. An amazing round of golf.”
Smith shot 64 on Friday and played in the last set with Young on Saturday, but fought back. He shot 73 and took 35 shots. Nothing will fall.
That changed on Sunday, meaning it was shown around the famous grounds near the 18th hole late Sunday as the “Champion Golfers of the Year.” The celebration was held in the shadow of the R&A Club.
“I will surely know how many beers are suitable in a jug, that is for sure,” he said.
Whatever the number, it probably took a while to make a toast to the famous Seventeen along the way.
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