Thu. Jun 20th, 2024

Cameron Smith needs to win The Open Championship once more.

Badly.

“I simply needed to hand again the trophy. I assumed I used to be going to do all proper, however I used to be really holding again tears,” Smith stated Monday. “However it was only a little bit of a second that I suppose you don’t take into consideration after which unexpectedly it’s there, and, yeah, I need it again.”

Final yr at St. Andrews, Smith produced one of many biggest rounds in main championship historical past.

He shot an 8-under 64 to waltz previous Rory McIlroy on Sunday and win The Open on the residence of golf.

The second of the championship came about on the well-known seventeenth gap, the place Smith efficiently bought up-and-down for par from in entrance of the treacherous highway gap bunker along with his putter.

However now at Royal Liverpool, Smith has eyes set on profitable back-to-back opens, hoping to turn out to be the primary since Padraig Harrington did so in 2007 and 2008.

“I’ve been saying to all my mates, It’ll solely be every week and we’ll be consuming out of it once more,” Smith joked. “Hopefully it’s one other week like final yr and I’m again with the trophy.”

If Smith does go on to repeat as champion, he would turn out to be the second LIV Golfer this yr to win a significant championship.

Brooks Koepka’s victory at Oak Hill in Could was the primary time an lively LIV participant received a significant.

The 2023 PGA Championship was Koepka’s fifth main victory.

As for Smith, nonetheless, it was about this time a yr in the past when he was debating whether or not or to not be a part of the Saudi-backed tour.

Instantly after profitable the Claret Jug, a reporter challenged Smith concerning the rumor of him becoming a member of LIV Golf.

“I simply received the British Open, and also you’re asking about that,” Smith stated. “I feel that’s fairly not that good.”

“I recognize that, however the query continues to be there,” the reporter snipped again. “Are you in any respect? Is there any reality in that?”

“I don’t know, mate,” Smith responded. “My group round me worries about all that stuff. I’m right here to win golf tournaments.”

Come to search out out, there was some reality with that.

Smith bolted to LIV Golf on the finish of the 2022 PGA Tour season.

But, he feels content material along with his resolution to hitch the Saudi-backed tour a yr later. However his sole focus is on profitable the Claret Jug once more.

“Yeah, I feel LIV apart, I’m decided to attempt my finest each week and simply attempt to be a greater golfer than I used to be final week,” Smith stated.

“I count on to do every little thing one hundred pc, ticking all of the containers early within the week, ensuring I’m ready, after which simply go on the market and provides it my all. I feel we’re all right here to win the Claret Jug, and mainly any considered one of these [LIV] guys, if they’ve their week this week, considered one of them goes to stroll away with it.”

Smith hopes he’s the one strolling away with the Claret Jug, as he would be a part of Greg Norman and Peter Thomson as the one Australians to win a number of Open Championships.

Jack Milko is a golf workers author for SB Nation’s Enjoying Via. You possibly can comply with him on Twitter @jack_milko for extra golf protection. Remember to try @_PlayingThrough too.

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