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While you were sleeping, Australia’s Cameron Smith conquered the world

Rory McIlroy and one of the putts that wouldn’t drop.Credit:Getty Images

Very few golfers ever have made success appear inevitable in the way that tennis players do. Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, most recently Woods. Australia is a golfing nation, and 12 Australian men now have won majors. But only three have done it more than once.

This was the reality that faced Smith on the first tee on Sunday. From four shots behind, he could play a flawless round and still not win. He knew he could shoot 64 – he’d done it on Friday – and in this field it would still not be enough.

Rory McIlroy, multiple major winner, former No.1, crowd favourite; Scottie Scheffler, the Masters champion, the reigning No.1; Korean Si Woo Kim; Viktor Hovland, not a big name, but top 10 in the rankings and anyway four shots ahead. Dustin Johnson and Jordan Spieth were lurking, too. Smith might steal a march on one or…

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