The Open: Rory McIlroy heartbreak as Cameron Smith breaks Tiger Woods record to win | RORY MCILROY was denied the Claret Jug with Cameron Smith in scintillating form on the final day at The Open.

The Open: Rory McIlroy heartbreak as Cameron Smith breaks Tiger Woods record to win

The Open: Rory McIlroy heartbreak as Cameron Smith breaks Tiger Woods record to win

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Australian Cameron Smith won the 150th Open Championship after shooting a brilliant final-round 64 at St Andrews on Sunday afternoon. Smith, the world No 6, finished on 20-under-par, one shot ahead of American Cameron Young and two clear of Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy.


McIlroy narrowly missed a series of birdie putts and will need to wait until April 2023 to win a fifth major. His wait for more glory extends to its ninth year, much to the disappointment of many fans in Scotland who had hoped to see him lift the Claret Jug.

The world No 2 needed an eagle on the 18th to force a play-off but couldn't chip in after missing the green with his tee shot. McIlroy could only finish with a par, which meant he wound up third behind Young after a bogey-free round of 70 which contained just two birdies.

Smith was the fully deserving champion with a bogey-free final round consisting of eight birdies. Viktor Hovland had entered the final day level with McIlroy at the top of the leaderboard but ended five shots back from Smith on 14 under.

Recap Express Sport's live updates of the final day of the 150th Open below.

KEY EVENTSRory's heartbreaking record18:53More pain for McIlroy as Smith WINS The Open18:43McIlroy misses birdie putt17:53Smith LEADS The Open17:42McIlroy misses great chance16:53McIlroy LEADS15:40 3 weeks ago19:33Thanks for joining us!

Well that's all we've got time for. Cameron Smith is your Open champion after Rory McIlroy suffered yet more misery at a major.

Thanks for joining us today and all weekend, and make sure to check our golf section for all the best fallout from St Andrews.

Enjoy the rest of your day! 

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago19:25McIlroy speaks out

Rory McIlroy has discussed his disappointment at missing out on the Claret Jug.

He tells Sky Sports: "I sort of expected someone to come from the pack. The two Camerons obviously played really, really well today and made life difficult for me.

"I was playing a controlled round of golf but when I really needed to make some birdies there at the start of the back nine, I just couldn't.

"I was trying my hardest obviously. Cam played an unbelievable first two days then sort of got his bad one out of the way yesterday and followed it up with a great round today."


3 weeks ago19:12Smith on the cans

Champion Smith adds to Sky Sports: "It's just unreal. This place is so cool.

"To have the 150th Open here and walk away with the win is just something that I've dreamt of. I didn't even know I was going to get this far and it's just awesome.

"It's unreal to look at these names on this trophy and to add mine. I'm lost for words. I'm definitely going to find out how many beers fit in this thing that's for sure!"

3 weeks ago19:08Cam Smith emotional

Cameron Smith has to hold back tears upon receiving the Claret Jug. He says: "Jeeze what a week. I'm going to fall apart here I know!

"I want to thank the team for all the hard work we've done. The last couple of years it has really started to pay off and this one definitely makes it worth it.

"It was absolutely awesome out there, I thought the course was exactly how an Open Championship should be played; firm and fast, tough pins - it was just unreal."

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago18:59Putting to blame

That was the second most putts Rory McIlroy has ever needed in a round of a major.

In the 2010 Open at St Andrews he needed 39 putts in round two, today he took 36.

It's clear to see where his bid for the Claret Jug ultimately came undone.

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago18:53Rory's heartbreaking record

A heartbreaking new record for Rory McIlroy...

He's come so close on so many occasions since his last triumph at the 2014 PGA Championship.

As far back as the stats go, Rory McIlroy is the only player to hold the 54-hole lead at a major, hit every green in regulation in the final round and not win.

\u2014 Justin Ray (@JustinRayGolf) July 17, 2022 3 weeks ago18:45McIlroy gutted

McIlroy's eight-year wait for a fifth major goes on. He's visibly gutted as he makes his way off the course while the St Andrews crowd salute his efforts.

Here's how the leaderboard ends...

(Image: THE OPEN) 3 weeks ago18:43More pain for McIlroy as Smith WINS The Open

Cameron Smith is the winner of the 150th Open!

McIlroy needs an eagle on the 18th to force a play-off but his drive falls short of the green and he can't hole his chip-in effort.

The Northern Irishman also misses a putt for birdie which means he'll finish third on 18 under. More major heartbreak for him.

3 weeks ago18:34Smith finishes with a flourish

WHAT a round by Cameron Smith, who will surely now win the Claret Jug.

His birdie on the 18th secures a bogey-free 64, which is eight under par.

That means he ends on 20 under and breaks Tiger Woods' previous record of 19 under at a 72-hole Open Championship.

Cameron Young secures an eagle on the final hole to move on 19 under, level with Smith before he sinks his putt. Young is at least ahead of McIlroy temporarily.

3 weeks ago18:30Is that it?

McIlroy, around 10ft from the hole on the 17th, MISSES as he rolls it a few inches wide. He'll have to settle for a par.

That may just be that for his chances of a first major since 2014.

Smith, on the 18th, rolls his second shot right up to the pin and it should be a simple birdie to move to 20 under and two shots clear.

3 weeks ago18:28McIlroy has birdie chance

McIlroy has a birdie chance of the 17th! The crowd erupts as his second shot finds the green, though he still has work to do to hole this one.

He needs to take this - his Claret Jug hopes probably rely on it.

3 weeks ago18:26Smith so close to glory

Scottie Scheffler came into today five shots back but a two-over 74 leaves him well down the leaderboard on nine under overall.

Smith steps up to the 18th and his tee shot is one yard short of the green. 

Here's a reminder of the current leaderboard...

(Image: The Open) 3 weeks ago18:25Smith keeps his nerve

A brilliant tee shot from McIlroy on the 17th which the crowd are delighted with.

Further up, Young pulls up short on a chance for a birdie and he goes to the final hole on 17 under.

A shame for the American, who might've really piled the pressure on playing partner Smith there.

The Australian is unshakeable and sinks for a third successive par to stay at 19 under and one shot in front of McIlroy heading to the last hole.

3 weeks ago18:21McIlroy misery continues

More misery for McIlroy as he misses with yet another birdie putt on the 16th. He's sunk just two birdies so far this afternoon.

Hovland slips further back after missing a par putt and is down to 14 under, five off the lead.

On the 17th, Smith recovers from a poor second shot with a putt up the bank to put him in range for a par.

3 weeks ago18:14Fleetwood ends on 14 under

Tommy Fleetwood ends on 14 under courtesy of a birdie at the 18th. The Englishman manages a bogey-free round of 67 which is five under par.

Only leader Smith - currently seven under for the day - and Sadom Kaewkanjana and Abraham Ancer have also had better days than Fleetwood today.

He will finish fifth as it stands. Playing partner Dustin Johnson finishes on 13 under and is tied for sixth at the moment.

3 weeks ago18:07No changes at the top

Another birdie putt just off target for McIlroy on 15 and he really needs some late magic here at St Andrews.

Both he and Hovland - on 15 under, four shots off the lead - par the hole.

On the 16th, both Smith and Young manage pars. We stay as we are as the leader heads into his final two holes.

Matt Fitzpatrick, the US Open champion, meanwhile ends with a round of 72 which leaves him on nine under overall.

3 weeks ago17:56Young two shots back

Cameron Young might've joined McIlroy on 18 under there on the 15th but pulls his putt just short.

He's still a strong five under for the day today but is two shots behind leader and playing partner Smith. 

3 weeks ago17:53McIlroy misses birdie putt

Smith's birdie run finally comes to an end on 15 despite the Aussie finding the green on his second shot.

Good news for him though, because McIlroy can only par the hole behind after very narrowly missing a birdie putt which curls around the cup.

Smith maintains a one-stroke advantage as he enters his final three holes.

(Image: SKY SPORTS) 3 weeks ago17:42Smith LEADS The Open

...he IS! Smith is on to 19 under, thanks to a fifth successive birdie on the Old Course.

Smith is one shot ahead of McIlroy who is in dire need of some birdies starting here at the 14th.

Cam Young has six birdies and is now just two shots shy of Smith and one behind McIlroy on 17 under.

Do we have a three-way fight for the Claret Jug between them?

3 weeks ago17:38Pain for McIlroy

Gutting for McIlroy as a long-range birdie putt stops just shy of the hole on 13.

Hovland has just dropped back to 15 under with a bogey.

One hole ahead, Smith is on to the green in two shots and there's definitely another birdie in his sights here.

Is he about to claim the sole lead of The Open?

3 weeks ago17:30Smith LEVEL with McIlroy

It's four birdies in a row for Cameron Smith and he joins McIlroy on 18 under.

The Australian has the momentum and it's over to Rory to respond as makes his way up the 13th.

Cameron Young has meanwhile just clinched his sixth birdie of the day on 13 and is on 16 under, two shots back from McIlroy and Smith.

3 weeks ago17:22Bryson ends with a 66

Bryson DeChambeau concludes his round with a birdie on the 18th.

That means he ends today with a six-under 66 and is on 12 under overall.

There's not been too many better fourth rounds than that so far, as you can see...

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago17:13Smith in electric form

Cameron Smith has managed three successive birdies and is now just ONE shot behind McIlroy after the Northern Irishman's par on 11.

The Aussie, the overnight leader into the third round, is absolutely dialled in at the moment and upping the pressure on McIlroy.

He's four under for the day as he looks to match his 64 round from Friday.

Smith is now two shots clear of Young and Hovland, tied third on 15 under.

3 weeks ago17:04Smith on the charge

Players Championship winner Cameron Smith is on the move and improves to 16 under on hole 10 with a lovely birdie.

McIlroy attempts a 126-foot eagle putt on the hole behind the Australian and rolls it to within just a few feet in a magnificent attempt.

That leads to a birdie for the four-time major champion that moves him to 18 under and two shots clear of Smith.

3 weeks ago16:57Smith and Young two behind

Cameron Smith and Cameron Young BOTH birdie the 10th and join Hovland just two shots shy of McIlroy.

We're in for plenty of drama over these next nine holes. 

Can McIlroy keep his nerve and end that eight-year wait for a fifth major?

3 weeks ago16:53McIlroy misses great chance

Hovland can't finish a 30-foot putt for birdie which gives McIlroy the chance to move three clear at the top of the standings.

He's 10ft out on the ninth but his first effort is just off and he has to two-putt for a par. The Northern Irishman finishes the first nine holes on 35 strokes, which is one under par.

Hovland will be delighted about that missed putt.

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago16:44Wasteful from Smith

Cameron Smith has just wasted a great birdie chance on the ninth while Cameron Young misses a par putt and drops back down to 14 under alongside Smith.

McIlroy and Hovland step up to hole nine as Rory looks to finish off the front nine in style.

Further round the course, Dustin Johnson moves just one shot behind Smith and Young on 13 under after a birdie on the 11th.

3 weeks ago16:24Young in the mix

Cameron Young has joined Hovland on 15 under thanks to a birdie on the seventh.

The American finished tied for third at the PGA Championship earlier this year and is now firmly in the hunt for the Claret Jug.

McIlroy has just parred on seven and remains on 17 under, with Hovland also just short on a 34-foot putt and settling for a par to stay two shots off the lead.

3 weeks ago16:10How we stand

Here's the latest leaderboard with McIlroy and Hovland heading to hole seven...

(Image: The Open) 3 weeks ago15:57McIlroy two up

Hovland misses another birdie putt and is now two shots back on McIlroy, who just managed a birdie at the fifth.

The Northern Irishman is 17 under overall with Hovland now one over today. The Norwegian needs to pick things up.

3 weeks ago15:40McIlroy LEADS

Rory McIlroy is the sole leader of The Open once more after a par four on the fourth hole.

Hovland has to three-putt the same hole and drops one shot back to 15 under.

Jordan Spieth lurks behind him having improved to 12 under after a birdie on seven. But the two Camerons - Smith and Young - are both only one shot back on Hovland on 14 under.

3 weeks ago15:06McIlroy underway

Rory McIlroy is underway on his final round, where he and Viktor Hovland shoot a comfortable par on the first hole.

Cameron Smith has moved to 13 under, three shots behind the leaders. Cameron Young is struggling, falling back two shots to -11.

3 weeks ago14:27Latest leaderboard

Sadom Kaewkanjana has shot up the leaderboard with a stunning -7 round, with two holes remaining. That leaves him -11 for the weekend.

(Image: The Open) 3 weeks ago13:38McIlroy feels three-man threat

Rory McIlroy has suggested that Cameron Young and Cameron Smith, who are just four shots behind, could make a late challenge for the Claret Jug.

“I think we've seen it all week,” McIlroy said. “People can go out and 30, 31, whatever it is.

“I think for me it's expect the unexpected. But at the same time, I have to focus on myself.

“If I go out and I post a good number, I can't worry about if it's Viktor or if it's the two Camerons, if it's whoever it is.

“I just have to do my thing. And I've been doing my thing for the last three days and it's put me in a good position.”

3 weeks ago12:59Prize money

A reminder of how much Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland are playing for when they step out onto the first tee around 3pm.

1st (Winner): £2,110,000

2nd: £1,230,000

3rd: £787,040

4th: £611,580

5th: £491,800


3 weeks ago12:17Sam Burns hits a 64

Sam Burns scores the lowest round of the day with a very impressive 64 to finish -4 for the weekend.

If the conditions stay as they are, it could get very interesting at the top of the leaderboard with such low scores available.

(Image: Sky Sports Golf) 3 weeks ago11:13Hovland's plan

Viktor Hovland has shared his day four plan as he looks to pile the pressure on Rory McIlroy during the final 18 holes.

"It's about going out there and do the same thing today," he said. "I feel I was in way more control of my ball yesterday and hopefully I can hit it a little bit better tomorrow."

Reflecting on day three, he added: "That was a lot of fun. Got off to a good start and to shoot bogey free at a major in these conditions was pretty special."

3 weeks ago09:39McIlroy 'dream come true'

Rory McIlroy says it is a dream come true to be challenging for the Claret Jug on the final day of The Open.

“The support that I’ve gotten this week has been absolutely incredible,” McIlroy said. “I appreciate it and I feel it out there. But at the same time I’m trying my hardest just to stay in my own little world because that’s the best way for me to get the best out of myself."

He added: “I think it’s appreciating the moment as well and appreciating the fact that it’s unbelievably cool to have a chance to win the Open at St Andrews.

“It’s what dreams are made of. And I’m going to try to make a dream come true tomorrow.”

(Image: GETTY) 3 weeks ago09:04As it stands

A look at the leaderboard shows Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland out in front with the Cameron pairing just beind.

(Image: The Open) 3 weeks ago08:24Day four tee times

Round four (all times BST)

* denotes amateur

Sunday, 17 July

07:20 Sam Bairstow (Eng*)

07:30 Jamie Rutherford (Eng), Wyndham Clark (US)

07:40 Hideki Matsuyama (Jpn), David Law (Sco)

07:50 Sung Jae Im (Kor), Sam Burns (US)

08:00 Garrick Higgo (SA), Adria Arnaus (Spa)

08:10 Patrick Reed (US), Laurie Canter (Eng)

08:25 Cameron Tringale (US), Joaquin Niemann (Chi)

08:35 Jordan Smith (Eng*), Aaron Jarvis (Cay)

08:45 Danny Willett (Eng), Barclay Brown (Eng*)

08:55 Sebastian Munoz (Col), Robert Dinwiddie (Eng)

09:05 Lars van Meijel (Ned), Yuto Katsuragawa (Jpn)

09:15 Kurt Kitayama (US), Jason Kokrak (US)

09:30 Justin Thomas (US), Marcus Armitage (Eng)

09:40 Jason Scrivener (Aus), Paul Casey (Eng)

09:50 Tony Finau (US), Justin de Los Santos (US)

10:00 Thriston Lawrence (SA), Thomas Detry (Bel)

10:10 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Corey Conners (Can)

10:20 John Parry (Eng), Adrian Meronk (Pol)

10:40 Robert MacIntyre (Sco), Talor Gooch (US)

10:50 Sadom Kaewkanjana (Tha), Abraham Ancer (Mex)

11:00 Lee Westwood (Eng), David Carey (Ire)

11:10 Harold Varner III (US), Joo-Hyung Kim (Kor)

11:20 Brad Kennedy (Aus), Filippo Celli (Ita*)

11:30 Chris Kirk (US), Billy Horschel (US)

11:45 Richard Mansell (Eng), Christiaan Bezuidenhout (SA)

11:55 Sahith Theegala (US), Min-Woo Lee (Aus)

12:05 Xander Schauffele (US), Lucas Herbert (Aus)

12:15 Jon Rahm (Spa), Victor Perez (Fra)

12:25 Will Zalatoris (US), Nicolai Hoejgaard (Den)

12:35 Anthony Quayle (Aus), Ian Poulter (Eng)

12:55 Aaron Wise (US), Dean Burmester (SA)

13:05 Russell Henley (US), Dylan Frittelli (SA)

13:15 Francesco Molinari (Ita), Bryson DeChambeau (US)

13:25 Trey Mullinax (US), Tyrrell Hatton (Eng)

13:35 Shane Lowry (Ire), Brian Harman (US)

13:45 Thomas Pieters (Bel), Kevin Kisner (US)

14:00 Jordan Spieth (US), Patrick Cantlay (US)

14:10 Adam Scott (Aus), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng)

14:20 Dustin Johnson (US), Tommy Fleetwood (Eng)

14:30 Scottie Scheffler (US), Si Woo Kim (Kor)

14:40 Cameron Young (US), Cameron Smith (Aus)

14:50 Rory McIlroy (NI), Viktor Hovland (Nor)

3 weeks ago08:14Good morning

Good morning and welcome to Express Sport's live update from the final day of The Open.

It bounds to be an exciting final 18 holes for Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland as they lead the pack by four shots ahead of their tee-off time this afternoon.

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