American Cameron Young Leads The Open Championship, Tiger Falters

0
1009
The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife, Scotland — July 14, 2022

The 150th Open Championship teed off this morning on the Old Course at St. Andrews. Tiger Woods was there, as was defending champion Collin Morikawa, and so were a number of players who have defected to the LIV tour.

Things got off to a roaring start when Britain’s Ian Poulter came to the first tee at 7:08 am local time and was roundly booed. Presumably, for his decision to join the breakaway golf tour financed by the Public Investment Fund, the sovereign wealth fund of Saudi Arabia.

Poulter hooked his opening drive across the adjacent 18th fairway, almost traveling out of bounds. He recovered to make par, birdied the sixth, and eagled the ninth hole to make the turn as the early leader at three-under-par. Poulter could not improve his score on the back nine as he mixed two bogeys with two birdies to post a 69 on day one.

An American Leads

Cameron Young, the 25-year-old American playing his first year on the PGA Tour, shot an eight-under-par 64 to take the lead at the end of the first round of play in his first Open Championship appearance. His bogey-free round moved him two shots clear of his closest follower.

Cameron Young leads The Open Championship after Round One. / Photo Courtesy of golfdigest.com

Young missed the cut at the Master, the year’s first major championship. He tied for third at the PGA, and again missed the cut in the U.S. Open. If he can weather the storms of St. Andrews, both the emotional and physical winds that blow tournament week, it will be an amazing victory for a relative unknown who has quietly worked his way to the 32nd position in Golf’s World Rankings.

Chasing the Top Spot

Crowd favorite Rory McIlroy sits alone in second at six-under. A bogey on the 465-yard, par four, 13th hole was the only miscue on a sterling round of 66.

Cameron Smith and Robert Dinwiddie tied for third at five under par. While a group of eight golfers carded a score of 68 to tie for fifth. Including Lee Westwood, Viktor Hovland, Dustin Johnson, and Scottie Scheffler.

Filling out other spots on the leaderboard within five strokes of Young were 12 players who joined Poulter at three-under par. Bryson DeChambeau and Xander Schauffele were in the crowd tied for 13th.

Tiger and Other Notables

Jordan Spieth sits at one under, Phil Mickelson and Morikawa are in a large group at even par.

Tiger Woods made a double bogey on the first and seventh holes. A birdie on the ninth left him at five-over-par through nine. He then mixed in two more birdies and three bogeys on the final nine to finish with a six-over-par score of 78. The three-time Open Championship winner will undoubtedly leave the course, where he posted two of those victories, failing to make the cut.

The Leaderboard After Day One at the Open Championship

Player To Par Score
Cameron Young -8 64
Rory McIlroy -6 66
Cameron Smith -5 67
Robert Dinwiddie -5 67
Dustin Johnson -4 68
Scottie Scheffler -4 68
Talor Gooch -4 68
Lee Westwood -4 68
Brad Kennedy -4 68
Viktor Hovland -4 68
Barclay Brown (a) -4 68
Kurt Kitayama -4 68
Si Woo Kim -3 69
Sahith Theegala -3 69
Thriston Lawrence -3 69
Ian Poulter -3 69
Joohyung Kim -3 69
Min Woo Lee -3 69
Bryson DeChambeau -3 69
Danny Willett -3 69
Scott Vincent -3 69
Xander Schauffele -3 69
John Parry -3 69
K.H. Lee -3 69
Joaquin Niemann -3 69
Padraig Harrington -3 69
Tyrrell Hatton -2 70
Patrick Cantlay -2 70
Lucas Herbert -2 70
Russell Henley -2 70
Robert MacIntyre -2 70
Ernie Els -2 70
Dylan Frittelli -2 70
Thomas Detry -2 70
Abraham Ancer -1 71
Jordan Spieth -1 71
Yuto Katsuragawa -1 71
Dean Burmester -1 71
Brandon Wu -1 71
Sadom Kaewkanjana -1 71
Marcus Armitage -1 71
Paul Casey -1 71
Louis Oosthuizen -1 71
Cameron Tringale -1 71
Corey Conners -1 71
Justin De Los Santos -1 71
Victor Perez -1 71
Hideki Matsuyama -1 71
Trey Mullinax -1 71
Matt Ford -1 71
Wyndham Clark -1 71
Sungjae Im -1 71
Webb Simpson -1 71
Ryan Fox -1 71
Adam Scott E 72
Aaron Wise E 72
Sam Burns E 72
Matt Fitzpatrick E 72
Garrick Higgo E 72
David Law E 72
Laurie Canter E 72
David Carey E 72
Jason Scrivener E 72
Phil Mickelson E 72
Patrick Reed E 72
Sam Bairstow (a) E 72
Zach Johnson E 72
Jason Kokrak E 72
Collin Morikawa E 72
Shane Lowry E 72
Justin Thomas E 72
Tommy Fleetwood E 72
Keita Nakajima (a) E 72
Bernd Wiesberger E 72
Kevin Na E 72
Fabrizio Zanotti E 72
Harold Varner III 1 73
Jon Rahm 1 73
Jamie Rutherford 1 73
Christiaan Bezuidenhout 1 73
Jordan L Smith 1 73
Sebastián Muñoz 1 73
Minkyu Kim 1 73
John Daly 1 73
Francesco Molinari 1 73
Billy Horschel 1 73
Brian Harman 1 73
J.T. Poston 1 73
Mackenzie Hughes 1 73
Nicolai Hojgaard 1 73
Will Zalatoris 1 73
Tony Finau 1 73
Richard Mansell 1 73
Max Homa 1 73
Guido Migliozzi 1 73
Brooks Koepka 1 73
Seamus Power 1 73
Haotong Li 1 73
Kazuki Higa 1 73
Ronan Mullarney 1 73
Filippo Celli 2 74
Ben Campbell 2 74
Justin Harding 2 74
Lars Van Meijel 2 74
Chan Kim 2 74
Matthew Griffin 2 74
John Catlin 2 74
Jorge Fernández Valdés 2 74
Adri Arnaus 2 74
Kevin Kisner 2 74
Takumi Kanaya 2 74
Matthew Jordan 2 74
Anthony Quayle 2 74
Shaun Norris 2 74
Tom Hoge 2 74
Paul Lawrie 2 74
Aldrich Potgieter (a) 2 74
Gary Woodland 2 74
Sergio Garcia 3 75
Thomas Pieters 3 75
Adrian Meronk 3 75
Aaron Jarvis (a) 3 75
Henrik Stenson 3 75
Min-gyu Cho (a) 3 75
Aaron Rai 3 75
Ashley Chesters 3 75
Rikuya Hoshino 3 75
Pablo Larrazabal 3 75
Chris Kirk 3 75
Alexander Björk 3 75
Mito Pereira 3 75
Jack Floydd 3 75
Keith Mitchell 4 76
Harris English 4 76
Jamie Donaldson 4 76
Luke List 4 76
Sihwan Kim 4 76
Marco Penge 4 76
Oliver Farr 4 76
Keegan Bradley 4 76
Marc Leishman 4 76
Sam Horsfield 4 76
Dimi Papadatos 5 77
Stephen Dodd 5 77
Zander Lombard 5 77
Richard Bland 6 78
Emiliano Grillo 6 78
Stewart Cink 6 78
Tiger Woods 6 78
Darren Clarke 7 79
Jediah Morgan 7 79
Shugo Imahira 8 80
Sepp Straka 9 81
Alex Wrigley 10 82
David Duval 10 82
Mark Calcavecchia 11 83