The tears of a Champion Golfer of the Year

Monday was not a good day for Cameron Smith.

by Andrea Gussoni
The tears of a Champion Golfer of the Year

Monday was not a good day for Cameron Smith. In the afternoon he had an appointment with Martin Slumbers, CEO of R & A as well as secretary of the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews, to return the trophy won last year in St.

Andrews. The brief and informal Claret Jug return ceremony thrilled the Australian.

Cameron Smith, statements

“I really had to hold back the tears, because it was a moment that took me by surprise” "It's a moment you never think about, then suddenly it comes" “And the only thought you have is that you want it back”.

Smith comes from a series of positive results (fourth place at the US Open and victory at the LIV event held in London). He is impatient to defend the title, even if he is aware that his game is not 100%: “… The driver was not my friend over the weekend .”.

he declared, referring to the last 36 holes at the Centurion Club. Joining the select club of back-to-back winners of the Open Championship will certainly not be an easy task. If the Australian manages to repeat last year's success, he would become the 17th player on the list of those who have managed to retain the title.

And it's a list that, rigorously in chronological order, opens with the name of Old Tom Morris and ends with that of Padraig Harrington, who scored twice in 2007 (Carnoustie) and 2008 (Royal Birkdale). The specialized online betting sites give Rory McIlroy (fresh from winning the Scottish Open) and Scottie Scheffler as favorites.

Cameron Smith is instead placed among the second tier players. He won't be among the favourites, but what is certain is that he is determined. And this is demonstrated by the fact that, before returning the Claret Jug, he declared to his friends: “It will only be for a week, but then we will be able to use it again to toast”.

Cameron Smith (born August 18, 1993 in Brisbane) is an Australian golfer. He takes to the PGA Tour of Australasia and PGA Tour circuits, and has eight professional successes including the prestigious British Open in 2022.

Cameron Smith