Cameron Smith is the man of the moment after he won his first major championship in a playoff against Jordan Spieth. The Australian golfer had previously never made it past the third round at any event, but he has now ascended to golfing royalty and will be one of only three players this year with an earnings over $10 million.

Cameron Smith finished the 150th Open Championship at the Old Course at St. Andrews with one of the most outstanding closing rounds in major championship history, shooting an 8-under 64 on Sunday to overtake Rory McIlroy and claim the victory. Smith’s career-defining victory in the race increased his on-course earnings for 2022 to over $10 million.

Smith won the Players Championship and the Open Championship in the same year, making him only the second golfer in history to do it. The opposing player? nothing else but Jack Nicklaus.

By winning the 2022 Open Championship, Cameron Smith will join Jack Nicklaus in the annals of golf.

Wow. What a Sunday it was at Scotland’s illustrious and historic town of St. Andrews.

Going into the final round, McIlroy seemed to be in control of the Open. On Sunday, he and Viktor Hovland shared the lead at 16 under par, with no other player within three strokes. Smith, who had a day-opening score of 12 under par, wasn’t going down without a fight, however.

The Australian with mullets made birdies on two of his opening five holes to get into contention. Smith finished his front nine with a series of pars before going on a five-shot run of birdies on holes 10 through 14 that allowed him to overtake McIlroy and seize the lead by himself. He finished with an 8-under 64 to win his first major after making many outstanding pars down the stretch and a tap-in eagle on 18.

Smith matched for the lowest 72-hole score in major tournament history with a final score of 20 under par. But he also made other historical contributions on Sunday.

With the win, Smith matched Nicklaus as the only other player in golf history to win The Players and The Open in the same season, per a tweet from Justin Ray of The Athletic. It’s been quite the year for the 28-year-old star, and his bank account has exploded because of it.

This season, Smith has already made close to $10 million.

During the final round of The 150th Open at St. Andrews Old Course, Cameron Smith greets the spectators on the 13th green | Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Smith’s victory in the Open Championship was his third victory of the 2022 campaign. With a record score of 34 under, he won the Sentry Tournament of Champions in January. Two months later, he won The Players with a final-round score of 66. In 16 races this year, Smith has also earned seven top-10 results.

The Australian won the Open Championship and earned $2.5 million, bringing his total on-course earnings for 2022 to $9.8 million. This season, only Scottie Scheffler (almost $13 million) has made more money.

For Smith, this is only the beginning. Future predictions call for many more records to be broken and much more millions to be made.

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Cameron Smith broke a stunning PGA Tour record on his way to winning $1.5 million at the Sentry Tournament of Champions.