Playing in his final event before defending his Open Championship later this month, Cameron Smith survived a closing bogey Sunday to win the LIV Golf competition at Centurion Club in London.
Smith made three birdies (Nos. 2, 3 and 8) and one bogey (No. 5) on the front nine. On the back nine, birdies came at Nos. 10, 13 and the par-3 17th, but bogeys at No. 12 and at the 529-yard, par-5 finishing hole took away any cushion.
The Ripper team of Australians Smith, Leishman and Jediah Morgan (even) was second, just 1 stroke behind at 33 under after Smith missed his par putt at No. 18.
“Obviously thrilled about the individual win but it would have been nice to get up there with the boys,” Smith said. “I hit a good putt, too, so yeah, it’s a bit of mixed emotions I think at the moment.”
Smith’s most recent win was in September in the LIV event near Chicago.