‘Something to drink out of’: Why winning the Open wasn’t even Cameron Smith’s favorite celebration of the year
By Jack Bantock, CNN
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4:03 AM EST, Thu March 2, 2023
As CNN looks back at the highs of the 2022 golf season, where better to start than possibly the highest shot of the year? In February, Jordan Spieth quite literally played like his life depended on it, hitting a shot from the edge of a 70-foot cliff face at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
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Sam Ryder sent the TPC Scottsdale crowds into raptures after sinking a hole-in-one at the WM Phoenix Open in February.
All eyes were on one man at The Masters in April as Tiger Woods -- who suffered a serious car crash injury in February 2021 -- sealed a remarkable return to the sport by making the cut at Augusta.
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But it was Scottie Scheffler who would ultimately take the limelight at The Masters, as the World No. 1 secured a three-stroke victory to clinch his first major crown and a new wardrobe addition -- the fabled green winner's jacket.
Justin Thomas is congratulated by his father Mike after defying the odds to win the PGA Championship in May. The American completed the largest 54-hole comeback in major history to win in Tulsa and seal his second career major.
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Minjee Lee captured a historic victory at the US Women's Open in June. The Australian broke the 72-hole championship scoring record en route to clinching a $1.8 million prize pot, the largest women's golf payout in history at the time.
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Matt Fitzpatrick won his first career major in dramatic fashion at the US Open in June, as the Englishman pipped Scottie Scheffler and Will Zalatoris by a sole stroke at Brookline. The win teed up emotional celebrations with caddie Billy Foster, who had never previously won a major in 40 years on the bag.
There were few dry eyes at the BMW International Open, as Haotong Li marked a cathartic triumph with a celebration of pure emotion. Previously without a win in four and a half years, the Chinese golfer had been considering quitting the sport before his win in Munich in June.
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Linn Grant is congratulated by boyfriend and caddie Pontus Samuelsson after winning June's Scandanavian Mixed event, a victory that saw her make history as the first-ever female winner on the DP World Tour.
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A tearful Tiger Woods was serenaded by the St. Andrews crowd during an emotional walk over the Old Course's iconic Swilcan Bridge and down the 18th fairway at The 150th Open in July. With the major not potentially returning to the famous Scottish venue until 2030, Woods later admitted it may have been his last Open championship on the course.