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Street. Andrews, UK – Cameron Young has proven all the talk about potentially lower grades in St Andrews true. The rookie started on the 150th British Open PGA Tour with a card of 64 (-8) to push himself to the top of the standings.
At the back is British golf darling, Rory McIlroy, who mastered the perfectly dry and barren course to score 66 to finish second. The Northern Irishman, who started his tour with a long hit on the first hole and finished 18th with an easy birdie, had seven birdies and only one bogey on the opening round.
“With all the ripples on the track and everything, I think there will be some funny twists and turns as the championship progresses,” McIlroy said.
Australian Cameron Smith follows three strokes (-5). Then a group of nine players points to -4, including England amateur Barkley Brown, Norway’s Victor Hovland, world number one Scotty Scheffler and fellow American Dustin Johnson.
For his part, Tiger Woods, a two-time championship winner on the St Andrews fairways, had a disappointing start. In the first hole, Woods’ ball ended up in a hole in the center of the fairway. His approach to the river ended in front of the green and Woods started his championship with a double bogey. At the end of his first nine, Woods found himself at +5 after posting 41 halfway. Despite having three sparrows, he returned the first +6 card that ranks him among the last 156 players present.
Young placed a four-footer shot for Bird on the 12th hole and led it three shots in the 7 under. Not bad for a player playing their first official round in their hometown of golf.
The American missed qualifying for the weekend rounds in five of his six career majors. In the other segment – the PGA Championship earlier this season – he tied for the lead heading into a tee 14 in the final round, but finished third.
“I don’t think I had a perfect role, but I was very influential,” commented Young, 25, playing his fifth major.
“I didn’t play well in the tee boxes, for example: the ball went well but not in the direction I was looking for,” he explained.
Ian Poulter had a busy day. Boos on the first tee by his countrymen after joining the LIV Series, the Englishman rigged up 162 feet for an eagle later in the day. This is also the longest shot put ever recorded in a major tournament round.
Phil Mickelson, Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson and Justin Thomas were among those showing up in equal measure, as was defending champion Colin Morikawa.
Canadian Corey Conners is 35, ranked 1. The country is also represented by Mackenzie Hughes (73), who beat a double bogey.
Separately, Justin Rose withdrew from the British Open due to a back injury. The peloton was replaced by the Japanese Rikuya Hoshino. Rose, the world’s 50th golfer, looked troubled by a back injury when he left the old course after his training role on Wednesday.
The Englishman finished a tie in fourth place as an amateur golfer at Royal Birkdale in 1998. He had two top 10 finals at the British Open in 2015 and 2018.
The famous “claret jug” was awarded for the first time in 150 years to the British Open champion. He was laid out on his pedestal, Thursday morning, at the edge of the first tee box to mark the start of the prestigious Grand Slam tournament.
The 1999 British Open champion Paul Lowry of Scotland was chosen to perform the ceremonial tee. Use a yellow ball and hit it in the lane. This ball was popular in 1860, during the first British Open in Prestwick.