Street. Andrews – Latest news from the British Open (all times local time):
Cameron Young opened his first British Championship by shooting 8-under-64 to take the lead by three runs at St Andrews FC. Among the players standing on his tail are two former champions.
A young duo puts a bird at number 18 to complete a clean card on his first competitive round at home golf. The American was an under-7 under 12-hole and seemed ready to challenge the lowest score of 18 holes at a major, Branden Grace’s 62nd at the British Open in 2017.
Young made five straight pars—including placing three in a 5th-ranked 14th—before his eighth volley of the Tour at the end.
Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion, and 52-year-old Ernie Els, who lifted the claret jug in 2002 and 12, were halfway through their back nines. Australia’s Cameron Smith at the club after 67.
Phil Mickelson says he didn’t attend the Champions Dinner before the British Open because the R&A club told him the club “thinks it’s a great idea to go”.
Mickelson won the British Open in 2013 at Muirfield, but is among the players who angered the PGA Tour by playing with LIV Golf, the Saudi-funded breakaway series that has caused a rift in the sport.
“R&A called me a couple of weeks ago and said, ‘Look, we don’t think it’s a great idea, but if you want to, you can. “I just don’t want to make much of it,” Mickelson said, “so I said, ‘Good. “We agreed it would be better if I didn’t.”
Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf and two-time Open Champion, was asked not to come to St Andrews for the Champions Dinner either on the tournament’s 150th anniversary because it could be a distraction.
Mickelson hit a par in the first round on the old court. He said that missing the meal wasn’t taking away his enjoyment in St Andrews.
“I’d love to be here,” Mickelson said. “Everyone here loves golf, and we find this place very spiritual.”
Cameron Young may be justifying all the pre-event talk about record-low scores at St Andrews.
The youngster rolled in a four-footed birdie kick at No. 12 and was driving three-shots in the 7-under. Not bad for his first competitive round on the golf course.
The American missed the cut in five of his first six majors. And in another match – this year’s PGA Championship – he tied for the lead heading into 14th in the final round, but finished in third.
With six holes remaining on his tour, Young could challenge the lowest result of 18 holes in a major tournament.
The record is held by Branden Grace with 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Rory McIlroy has made three straights from the fifth and is second to fourth under.
Barkley Brown is a member of the same English golf club as Matt Fitzpatrick and seems to be taking some inspiration from the recently crowned US Open champion.
The 21-year-old is the club captain in the opening round of his first British Championship after shooting a 4-under 68 at St Andrews.
Brown is a member of the Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield, from which Fitzpatrick also hails. Fitzpatrick won his first major last month in Brooklyn.
Brown, featured at home golf in his colorful hat, curled in a right-to-left long jumper to be 17th for his last five jumpers on his run.
An amateur, Paul Dunn, shared the lead by 54 holes at the last Open Championship in St Andrews in 2015.
Eric van Rooyen is another withdrawal at St Andrews.
The South African withdrew with a back injury and was replaced by Aaron Ray of England.
Ray drove to Scotland on Wednesday from his home in central England hoping to play on the golf course. He was promoted to first substitute after Rikuya Hoshino replaced Justin Rose, who withdrew with a back injury before he began his tour.
Joohyung Kim is enjoying his British Open debut. Rory McIlroy enjoyed his first hole in St Andrews, too.
Kim, a 20-year-old South Korean, reached the role at the age of four and was in a three-way tie with Min Woo Lee of Australia and Cameron Young of the United States.
With a third-place finish at the Scottish Open last week, Kim confirmed his admiration for the ties. He briefly shared the lead in the final round.
McIlroy, who is chasing his first major title since 2014, was prominent in his brown-and-yellow outfit and began his tour by digging a shot from over 50 feet for the birdie.
Ian Poulter delivers his usual dose of drama, and it’s all good at the British Open.
The brilliant Englishman began his tour by moving a few yards from the exit from the border. Then close the front nine by digging 50 yards from the opposite side of the ninth green for Eagle 2.
That puts Poulter in third, restricting Brandon Wu among the top starters.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose and Alex Noren are both out of the British Open, but only one of them will play this week. Rose says he felt pain in his lower back after a swing with his driver in practice on Wednesday. He was at the range Thursday morning but decided he couldn’t go.
Noreen was at St Andrews earlier in the week as a first substitute. He ended up leaving for California to play the PGA Tour event, and lost his spot at St Andrews.
Justin Rose withdrew from the British Open due to a back injury.
He was replaced on the field by Rikuya Hoshino of Japan.
Rose, seeded 50, appeared to have a back problem when he was knocked out of the course on Wednesday for his practice run.
Rose finished in a tie in fourth place as an amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998. The Englishman finished in the top ten in the Open Championship, in 2015 and 18.
The silver claret jug was awarded for the first time in 150 years to a British Open champion. It was there Thursday morning on the first tee in St Andrews where the oldest golf tournament began.
1999 World Open Champion Paul Lowery of Scotland has been chosen to take the first shot for this historic week’s 150th edition on the golf course. He used a yellow golf ball and found a wide fairway. gutta-percha was the golf ball of choice in 1860 when the British Open began in Prestwick.
150 Open Championships have been canceled due to two world wars, one pandemic and another occasion. The Open was not played in 1871 because young Tom Morris had won the previous year for the third time in a row. This means that he captured the champion belt. This is the original trophy of the British Open.
It was a crucial turning point in The Open. It was decided that the tournament would alternate between Prestwick, St Andrews and Mosselburg. By the time it was settled, it was too late to play in 1871. They also decided to get a new cup – a claret jug.
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