The 150th Open: Rory McIlroy two behind Cameron Young as Tiger Woods struggles at St Andrews | Golf News
Cameron Young gives St Andrews a two-stroke lead after 64 without a bogey, with Rory McIlroy two behind and Cameron Smith three behind; Tiger Woods battles to get cut after round 78 – Watch day two live Friday from 6.30am on Sky Sports The Open
By Ali Stafford in St Andrews
Last update: 07/14/22 10:20 p.m.
Rory McIlroy is just two strokes off the lead after the first round of the 150th Open as Tiger Woods struggled on his return to St Andrews.
McIlroy, who missed his Open title defense through injury when last held at the iconic Old Course in 2015, made an impressive start to his bid for a fifth major title by posting a six-under 66 Thursday.
The Northern Irishman drilled a 55ft on his first hole and birdied three straight from the fourth to reach the 32-turn, with McIlroy adding another on the 12th before carding his only bogey of the day on the next when a poor chip ran about 50 yards past the hole.
Rory McIlroy erred with his chip shot as he recorded his first bogey of the day on the 13th hole
McIlroy responded by taking advantage of the par-five next and landing a par-four shot last, the closing birdie closing the gap on club house leader Cameron Young and seeing him post his lowest score in the first round at the Open since winning the event in 2014.
“Yeah, fantastic start,” McIlroy said. “Just what you hope will happen when you start your week. I’ve done everything you’re supposed to do around St Andrews. It’s another good start to a major, three in a row for me now, and I am looking forward to the next few days.”
Rory McIlroy was happy with his first round six under 66 as he bids to become Open champion for the second time
Young took advantage of calmer morning conditions to make the dream start to his Open debut, where he threatened a record major round on his way to a bogey-free 64.
The American, who already has five top-three finishes on the PGA Tour this season, birdied seven on his first 12 holes and bounced back from close range missed chances on the 14th and 15th to add another on his last hole.
Rookie Cameron Young went clear under 64 in the first round of The Open Championship at St Andrews
Cameron Smith sits three strokes back after a first-round 67 and Viktor Hovland birdied his final three holes to close a four-under 68, with the Norwegian joined four from the pace by Dustin Johnson and world No. 1 Scottie Scheffler.
Amateur Barclay Brown and compatriot Lee Westwood are also four behind, with Xander Schauffele posting a three under 69 and Ian Poulter carding the same score after netting an incredible 160ft eagle on the par four ninth, while the marquee names in the last the starters largely struggled to threaten the lead.
Ian Poulter broke through 160ft for a remarkable eagle in ninth as he moved to the top of the leaderboard
Robert Dinwiddie was the pick of the afternoon wave as he posted a five-under 67, with Padraig Harrington carding a first-round 69 and US Open champion Matt Fitzpatrick starting with a level 72, while that Tiger Woods faces a battle to make the cut after a six of 78.
Woods’ hopes of a fairytale success got off to a nightmarish start when he found water with his approach into the par four first, then two putts from inside five feet for a double bogey six, with world number 994 making successive bogeys. from the third and double-bogey the seventh.
Tiger Woods had a start to forget at the Open as he finished the first hole with a double bogey
Consecutive birdies around the turn were nullified by three-putt bogeys on the 11th and 13th, with a close-range gain on the 14th by five nullified by a missed save on the 16th to leave Woods at 14 shots. the head.
“Looks like I’m going to have to shoot 66 tomorrow to have a chance,” admitted Woods. “So obviously it’s been done. The guys have done it today. And it’s my responsibility tomorrow is to go ahead and do it.”
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