Greg Norman humbly brags after Cameron Smith wins The Open Championship


It’s always risky to take a look at Greg Norman’s social media feed – you never know exactly what you’re going to find.

But there was nothing risky about the Australian golf legend’s messages on Monday morning congratulating fellow countryman Cameron Smith on winning the Open after a great final push.

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Smith embarked on a bird rampage, shooting an under-64 eight over the last 18 holes to win his first major title suddenly in front of the American Cameron Young.

The Queenslander is the first Australian in nearly three decades to win the British Open since Norman won a second Claret Jug at Royal St George’s in 1993. The Shark’s first Open victory was in 1986.

Smith is the third Australian to win the St Andrews Open after Peter Thomson in 1955 and Kel Nagle in 1960. He is the fifth Australian to win the tournament, along with Norman and Ian Baker-Finch.

Norman had kind words for Smith after his remarkable victory, taking to Instagram and Twitter to pay tribute.

The two-time Open champion couldn’t help but include a sly reference to his own accomplishments, saying Smith was in “good company” before adding an attempted smiley face emoji.

Norman was optimistic Smith would finish top of the standings at St Andrews, telling press company before the tournament, the 28-year-old had the game to make an impact on the famous fairways.

“Maybe that’s it. A golf course like St Andrews would be great for Cam Smith,” Norman said.

“I think St Andrews would be a good golf course for him because he misses his driver a lot.”

Smith’s father, Des, was thrilled for his son, telling 2GB’s Ben Fordham: “I knew he would get the (last putt). The one before was brilliant, I must say.

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“I think he started playing as soon as he could walk, because I was a crazy golfer. He beat me when he was 12.

Des planned to make the trip to watch Smith at St Andrews, but ultimately decided it was too much travel for just a week.

“I’ll take care of that for a while, I think. I’ve been on long rides before, they’re killers. I regret it now,” he said.

“I knew he could win. I think he could win almost any event.

Greg Norman is the leader of LIV Golf. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

Meanwhile, Norman’s social posts weren’t the only connection between him and Smith on Monday. The New Open Champion shut down a reporter when asked during his press conference if he plans to join the Saudi-backed LIV golf serieswhich is led by Norman.

“I just won the British Open and you’re asking me about it? I think it’s pretty, not so good,” Smith said.

Pushed further on his plans, Smith added: “I don’t know, mate. My team around me is worried about all this. I’m here to win golf tournaments.

As many on social media have noted, despite Smith’s stern response, it certainly wasn’t denial, sparking rumors the Aussie could defect and sign with LIV.

Big-name players like Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka have come under fire for dropping out of the PGA and siding with LIV, with many suggesting the stars’ motivation to defect is purely money-related.

There are fears the series could be used as a form of sportswashing by Saudi Arabia to boost its image on the world stage, given its shocking human rights record.

The shadow of rebel league LIV loomed over St Andrews earlier this week with Norman not invited to dinner of champions because of its pivotal role in the Saudi-backed project.


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