The Australia native narrowly beat Cameron Young and Rory McIlroy who went into the fourth round leading by four strokes.
Smith’s incredible putting skills and McIlroy’s cold putter both helped Smith get back in contention. He finished with a 64 for the final round, as well as 20 under par in the event.
Smith isn’t just bringing home the claret glass. Smith also has some money after his appearance at the Old Course in St. Andrews, Scotland.
Cameron Smith of Australia kisses the trophy in the claret jug as the photographer takes pictures on the 18th fairway following his victory in the Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland on July 17 2022. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison / AP Newsroom)
He will take home $2.4 million from his winnings.
Young earns $1.455 million, while McIlroy is paid pay cheque of $933,000.
Cameron Smith, Australia, takes a look at the claret-jug trophy during a press event when he won the Open Championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland on the 17th of July 2022. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant / AP Newsroom)
The R&A which organizes the event, has increased its prize pool by 22%. the prize amount has grown by 60% since the year 2016 as per the chief of staff Martin Slumbers.
Collin Morikawa took home more than $2 million in the past when he took home the title. The year 2019 was no different. Shane Lowry won the tournament and took home just under $1.9 million.
The PGA Tour has also made the effort to raise the prize money for future events due to the success of LIV Golf as well as its Saudi-backed fund that will award 4 million dollars to the winners of the 54-hole tournaments.