Cameron Smith snatched the 150th Open from the hands of Rory McIlroy to deprive the Northern Irishman of a triumph worthy of a fairy tale.
The Aussie staged a masterclass to win his first-ever Major and lift the Claret Jug in one of the most historic championships in recent memory.
McIlroy, who led Smith by four overnight, failed again in his bid to end eight years without a major victory.
The pre-tournament favorite didn’t drop a shot in the final round but failed to make any meaningful putts, posting his worst round of the week with a two-under 70.
Smith, on the other hand, seized the moment with a thrilling display on the greens, doing almost anything to shoot his second eight under par 64 of the week.
His final score of minus-20 is the lowest in Open history alongside Henrik Stenson in 2016.
McIlroy, the 2014 champion, described lifting the Claret Jug at St Andrews as the ‘holy grail’ – and he was given a hero’s welcome by the Home of Golf on the 18th fairway.
Record crowds stormed the famous turf and followed it to the iconic city, but McIlroy couldn’t find the eagle he needed.
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