Adam Scott says Cameron Smith has learnt to play golf “very well, very quickly” as he lauded his fellow Aussie’s tough mentality following his stunning British Open triumph.

Scott was among a massive field of 11 Australians to contest the 150th Open and was quick to wrap up the growth in Smith’s game that has netted three victories in 2022 and now elevated him to rarefied air, one of just five Aussies to win the British Open.

Also a fellow major winner, Scott identified Smith’s two key weapons that propelled the 28-year-old Queenslander to his maiden major triumph, coming on the back of his victory in The Players Championship in March.

“He’s tough, and he’s owned his game. He‘s learned how to play golf very well very quickly,” Scott said after finishing 10 shots behind Smith in a tie for 15th at St Andrews.

“I think his mind is a big asset, as is his putter.”

Smith’s ability around the greens helped him nail five-straight birdies on the back nine on Sunday and left his playing partner, and runner-up, Cameron Young in awe.

“I had a front-row seat to I’m sure one of the better rounds that’s been played this year,” he said after finishing a shot behind Smith.

“And we both started four back of two guys that are capable of as much if not more than just about everybody else in the world.

“Today kind of just is more proof that he is that good and he is one of the very, very best players in the world.”

Smith’s capacity throughout the final round to clean up around the greens also ensured Young, who needed an eagle on the short par four 18th to put pressure on his playing partner, didn’t even think a two, which he made, would be enough.

“The way Cameron Smith chips and putts, I didn’t really think he would make a four,” he said after finishing one shot behind the Aussie.

“So, yes, I kind of was just trying to get it there and trying to give myself some kind of look because obviously you never know.

“But just based on how he was playing … I think there‘s a very, very good chance that two wasn’t going to be enough.”

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