Cameron Young has demonstrated that all discussions about possible low scores in St. Andrews are well-founded.
Young stalled a four-foot shot for a birdie on the 12th hole and led by three shots at minus-7. Not bad for a player participating in his first official round in his career in the cradle of golf.
The American missed the threshold of qualifying for the weekend rounds in five of his six career majors.
In the other – the PGA Championship earlier this season – he was tied for the lead on the starting mound of the 14th hole in the final round. But eventually finished third.
Young could threaten the Grand Slam record for 18-hole courses in his round.
The record belongs to Branden Grace, who played 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Rory McIlroy has managed three consecutive birdies from the fifth hole. And also tied for second place at minus-4.
Besides, Justin Rose withdrew from the British Open due to a back injury.
He was replaced in the peloton by Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino.
Rose, the 50th golfer in the world, seemed bothered by a back injury. He left the old course after his practice round on Wednesday.
The Englishman tied for fourth place as an amateur golfer at Royal Birkdale in 1998. He has two more career top-10 finishes at the British Open in 2015 and 2018.
The famous “claret jug” was awarded 150 years ago to the British Open champion.
During the prestigious major tournament kickoff, it was placed on its base on the first tee of departure.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, the 1999 British Open champion, was selected to make the ceremonial tee shot.
He used a yellow ball and slammed it in the middle of the driveway. This ball was common in 1860, at the first British Open at Prestwick.
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