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The Open: Cameron Smith wins first major after incredible finish

In his event debut, the 28-year-old drained five consecutive birdies as he tore through the back nine of the Old Course, carding an eight-under 64 to pip playing partner Cameron Young by a stroke at 20-under par.

Having started the day four shots ahead of Smith, Rory McIlroy finished two strokes behind in third after signing off a bogey-free 70.

It meant heartbreak for the Northern Irishman who, looking to end an eight-year major drought, saw a second Claret Jug win slip through his fingers after a day of missed putting opportunities.

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