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Cam Smith reveals how he dealt with hecklers during final round of 2022 Open Championship

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At the 150th Open Championship, Cameron Smith put on a dazzling final round display to topple the fan favorite Rory McIlroy at St. Andrews.

Cam recently spoke with The Telegraph, reliving what it was like on the back-nine during the final round at the Old Course. The winner recalled being heckled by fans, which did not work on the gritty Australian.

“It had the opposite effect on me last year.”

The fans weren’t shy about their love for McIlroy and were openly rooting against Smith.

“I think it was on the 14th when I was in the middle of that run of birdies and these guys were suddenly like ‘he’s coming to get you, Rory [McIlroy] will hunt you down, you have no chance…’ and all this crap,” he says.

“I couldn’t think of anything to say back, but just told myself ‘let your golf do the talking’. It actually came at a good time because when you are on one of those runs, there is the chance to get carried away and lose a bit of focus. But those guys just fired me up to go and again and concentrated the mind. Gave me the motivation to shut them up.”

Smith wasn’t kidding. He played sensational golf on the back nine, and birdie five holes in a row from 10-14 to take the lead at the Open Championship.

A reporter told Smith that him defeating Rory equated to the killing of Bambi from the Disney movie. Cam was unfamilair with the reference.

“Sport doesn’t follow neat scripts, does it? Well, I don’t know who Bambi is, mate,” Smith replied.

“All I know is that I was a few behind at the turn, had to make a move and did it. I love those situations when you can’t even feel the club in your hands, when you are not thinking and simply swinging and holing putts. It’s almost like being in a trance. So much fun.”

The 29-year-old is set to begin his Open Championship defense this week at Royal Liverpool.

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‘That looks brutal’ – First photo of Tiger Woods’ leg without sleeve shows depth of injury

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It’s been a struggle of late for Tiger Woods on the golf course. The 15-time major champion has only teed it up five times in 2024, finishing 60th in The Masters and missing the cut in the other three majors. He also played in the Genesis Invitational and was forced to withdraw.

Woods has many ailments, but none as debilitating as his surgically repaired leg. Since his car accident three years ago, the 48-year-old has rarely been seen without wearing a leg sleeve. However, on Monday, a fan was able to take a photograph of Woods’ leg without the sleeve.

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The photo was taken at an event Tiger’s son, Charlie, was playing in by “blakebunkersgolf” on Instagram, and one of the top responses on X towards the photo was simply “That looks brutal.”

Woods has struggled with the lack of reps on the course but hasn’t given any indication as to whether his schedule will look any different come 2025.

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John Daly says this is the best golf course in Scotland…and it’s not St. Andrews

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John Daly withdrew at last week’s Open Championship with a knee injury, but the 58-year-old was back on the links this week showcasing one of the most famous golf courses in the world for his fans.

While at Trump Turnberry, John Daly recorded a video of the 18th green.

In the video, the 1995 Open Champion shared his opinion that Turnberry is the best golf course in Scotland, even better than St. Andrews.

“Hey everybody, John Daly here. I’m at Trump Turnberry today. I went out and tried to play a little bit. This place is amazing. It is the best golf course in Scotland, I think. St. Andrews is my baby, but I think I just found my new baby. I’m at the 18th green right here, this thing is unreal.”

Turnberry hosted its first Open Championship in 1977, which was dubbed “The Duel in the Sun” when Tom Watson beat Jack Nicklaus by a single stroke. The most recent Open the course hosted was 2009, where Watson almost won again, but lost to Stewart Cink in a playoff.

The course is not slated to host any Open Championships in the foreseeable future.

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Popular former champ reveals why the 2025 Open Championship may be his last

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The Open Championship did not disappoint, as both Royal Troon and Xander Schauffele starred in the 152nd edition of the event, with the now two-time major champion pulling away on the back nine.

The Open is a tournament that hosts so many legends of the game, including past champions such as Darren Clarke. After the tournament, Clarke told the Belfast Telegraph that next year’s Open Championship at Royal Portrush may be his last.

“Yes, I made the cut here [at Royal Troon], and if I make the cut in Portrush, it will be great and all that sort of stuff, but I’ve got my name on the Jug, and I have my name on the Senior Jug, and I would feel bad taking the spot away from a young kid.

“I was a young kid once, so to take a spot away from a young kid who may fulfil his dream of playing the Championship, sure, I’ve done mine. I don’t know what I will do.”

Clarke fared well at Royal Troon, making the cut and finishing in a tie for 75th.

The Irishman is 55 years of age and is exempt in The Open until age 60 as a result of his 2011 win at Royal St. George’s.

“Royal Portrush, as we all know, is very special,” he added. “The guys all loved it the last time we were there.

“But I’ve been thinking about it quite a lot. I’m 55 now, and I’ll be 56 next year for the Open at Portrush and it may be my last one and thank you very much, that’s enough for me and I can give some young kid an opportunity that I had whenever I was starting off.

“We’ll see, but I am certainly looking forward to being back in Portrush.”

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