Smith is the reigning British Open winner, while Dutch debutant Van Meijel is 53rd

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Australian Cameron Smith won the British Open tennis trophy. The 28-year-old golfer recorded no less than eight birdies on the final day, resulting in a below average score of -20.

At the back, Lars van Meigel ran a strong final lap in his debut at a major. The 28-year-old from Brabant came into Sunday at -3 and finished four strokes above the track average. He finished in a tie for 53rd.

For Smith, it was the first major title of his career. “I got a lot of support today, especially from the Australian fans. You kept me going, so this is for Australia,” said the winner.

Smith was one stroke behind American Cameron Young at St Andrews. Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy was two strokes off. McIlroy started the final day as joint leader with Norwegian Viktor Hovland.

McIlroy was disappointed to miss the opportunity

McIlroy didn’t have a great day and only got two birdies. Hovland fell further, finishing with a birdie and three bogeys. He eventually finished fourth.

“I had a good chance to win another major, but I didn’t,” said the 33-year-old McIlroy, who last won a major in 2014.

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McIlroy: “I’m not sure I did anything wrong, but the putting wasn’t great. I played controlled golf, but a few holes kept me from finishing it.”

He may be relieved by Smith’s victory. “I was beaten by a great player this week. To round in 64 strokes is a huge achievement, so congratulations to Cam. He had an incredible week.”

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