ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Cameron Smith charged his direction into history on the Old Course, a Sunday shocker at St. 

Andrews that sent the Australian to his most memorable major by beating Rory McIlroy to win the British Open. 

The stage was set for McIlroy to end his eight-year dry spell in the majors and cap off seven days of festivity at the home of golf in the 150th Open.

Smith got everyone's attention by running off five straight birdies to begin the back nine and conveying more grip minutes toward the end.

His 8-under 64 was the least last round by a boss in the multiple times golf's most established champion has been played at St. Andrews. 

Smith won by a single shot over Cameron Young, who holed a 15-foot bird putt on the last opening. It wasn't sufficient, nor was whatever McIlroy might assemble.

Smith won by a single shot over Cameron Young, who holed a 15-foot bird putt on the last opening. It wasn't sufficient, nor was whatever McIlroy might assemble.

Smith, who saved standard on the seventeenth with a 10-foot putt, was at the front of the eighteenth green with his tee shot. From 80 feet away,  

his speed up the slant and toward the cup was near great, passing on him a tap-in birdie to complete at 20-under 268.