The quality of golf at The 150th Open will live long in the memory and Cameron Smith’s winning score highlights just how sensational it was.
St Andrews played host to a Championship fit to celebrate a sesquicentennial anniversary and Smith’s 20-under-par cumulative score was the joint lowest-score to par in Championship history, equalling Henrik Stenson’s success at Royal Troon six years ago.
He now sits alongside Stenson at the top of this impressive list of lowest Open scores..
-20 – Cameron Smith, 2022, St Andrews
Smith became the first Champion Golfer to shoot two scores of 64 or better in an electric performance on the Old Course.
He started the final day of The 150th Open four strokes back from Rory McIlroy but drained six birdies on the back nine in an immense putting display.
-20 – Henrik Stenson - 2016, Royal Troon
A spectacular birdie putt on the last hole clinched The 145th Open for Henrik Stenson at Royal Troon six years ago.
The Swede shot 68-65-68-63 to reach the magical 20-under-par mark, holding off Phil Mickelson to win by three strokes on an incredible Open Sunday.
-19 – Tiger Woods - 2000, St Andrews
Tiger Woods has delivered many major masterclasses but his first Claret Jug success will always stand out.
Woods completed the career grand slam at St Andrews, with four rounds in the 60s seeing him win by a record eight shots.
-18 – Sir Nick Faldo - 1990, St Andrews
Sir Nick Faldo was simply unstoppable at The 119th Open, with rounds of 67-65-67-71 enough to win his second Claret Jug and first at the home of golf.
Faldo won by five shots from Mark McNulty and Payne Stewart.
-18 – Tiger Woods - 2006, Royal Liverpool
In emotional scenes on the 18th green, Tiger Woods sealed his third Open success at Royal Liverpool just two months on from the death of his beloved father Earl.
Woods put on a tactical clinic in the first Open at Hoylake for 39 years, preferring to take iron off the tee. It helped him to rounds of 67-65-71-67 and a two-stroke win.
-17 – Rory McIlroy – 2014, Royal Liverpool
When Rory McIlroy is on fire, there are few greater sights in golf and the Northern Irishman followed in Woods’ footsteps by lifting the Claret Jug at Royal Liverpool.
A pair of 66s helped him to a four-shot lead on Friday night and he followed it up with two more solid rounds to win by two.