How Cameron Smith surged at St. Andrews

While the entire St. Andrews followed Rory McIlroy, Cameron Smith, a team ahead, and put together a run of five birdies in a row to jump to the top of the leaderboard through 14 holes.

He didn't blink once on Sunday. For the first time, he looked a little confused as he held the trophy.

"What a week - I'm going to be destroyed here, I know," he said. But if there's one thing he hasn't done over the past four days, it's come apart, even on a difficult Saturday.

The day before he was named golf champion of the year, Smith wanted to know where the mistake went.

He shot a round of 73. He looked sad. He talks about how the golf gods were against him.

He regrets how he excitedly attacked the 13th to play it hard - and left with a double bogey.

The optimism we saw in his first two laps was lost for the moment, leaving us with what we believed to be a straight shootout between the evening's leaders.

McIlroy and Viktor Hovland .-- at the championship. But Smith hasn't given up hope—far from it.


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