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Monday, July 18, 2022

The Limerick Summary: 2022 THE OPEN

Winner: Cameron Smith

Around the wider world of golf: Chez Reavie won the Barracuda Championship, the PGA Tour's alternate field event; Paul Haley II won the Memorial Health Championship on the Korn Ferry Tour; the team of Lizette Salas and Jennifer Kupcho won the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational on the LPGA; Ina Yoon won the EverCollagen Queens Crown on the KLPGA; and Yong-Joon Bae won the Honors K • Solarago CC One Prize Invitational on the KPGA. [Thanks, IC!]

Cam Smith with the Claret Jug

My Twofer Tuesday picks were looking good until Sunday. I had Matt Fitzpatrick (T21) and Rory McIlroy (3). But like last week, given how many good players were in the field, one of two isn't bad.

  • Top10s: 22 for 78 (14 Top5, 8 Top10)
  • Winners: 3 for 38
  • Top20s: 34 for 78

I don't even know what to say except... man, what a way to win your first major!

All Cam Smith did was rip off five birdies in a row as he rounded the turn, then drop one final bird on the 18th to blow all the other contenders away at the 150th edition of THE OPEN at St. Andrews. I'm pretty sure it doesn't get any better than that!

Rory's putter was cold on Sunday and even a last second eagle from Cameron Young wasn't enough to deter Cam from his goal. Fans will be talking about his final round 64 for years. Not just a great final round in the 150th playing, but a St. Andrews record as well. And he joins Jack Nicklaus as the only men to win THE PLAYERS and THE OPEN in the same year. (Can I call it the ALL CAPS sweep?) And to make it even sweeter, Jack's 1979 OPEN was also at St. Andrews and, like Cam, Jack was T3 to start the final round.

But Jack didn't get a Limerick Summary for his win. You're one-up on the Golden Bear, Cam!

Cam posted one last 64
To burst through his first OPEN door.
The week was a grind
But he came from behind—
Now the question is… how many more?

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