Cameron Smith produces brilliant final round to hold off Paul Casey and win The Players Championship

Cameron Smith is congratulated by Paul Casey on the 18th green

Cameron Smith held off the challenge of Britain’s Paul Casey and India’s Anirban Lahiri with a thrilling, see-saw final round at Sawgrass to win The Players Championship by a stroke.

The Australian 28-year-old lives close to the iconic Florida course and he used all of his local knowledge to put together 10 birdies, including four in the first four holes, as he raced into the lead.

But Smith’s round also included five bogeys, including on the 18th when he found the water with his second shot, opening a sliver of opportunity for the chasers. Casey finished with back-to-back pars, leaving Lahiri as the only challenger, and the leader after 56 holes couldn’t find the birdie he needed on the last to force a play-off.

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