ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) – The latest on the British Open (all local times):
Rory McIlroy has started where he wanted in St. Andrew’s. With a birdie on the final hole, McIlroy opened with a 66 and trails PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young by two shots.
McIlroy led 18 holes in the PGA Championship. He was only one shot back after one US Open tournament. In both majors, it was the third round that got away from him.
McIlroy says he feels in control of his game and that gives him more freedom. He says he is looking forward to giving a good account of himself.
Tiger Woods was hoping for the best. In fact, it’s getting worse. After his double bogey on the opening hole, Woods made another double bogey on No. He is 6 through seven holes.
Tiger Woods has started this British Open in St. Andrews as he did last time.
He hit his second shot in the Swilcan Burn.
Woods shouted so loudly that it could be heard far away. He then took too much of the turf with his club and the ball bounced before disappearing into the famous creek that runs along the fairway. He took a penalty, was thrown into the fire and missed a short putt. His day started with two bogeys.
Woods was on fire in 2015 and only made bogey.
This is Woods’ third major of the year. He won the Masters and the PGA Championship. But he has played only seven matches this year.
Cameron Young opened his first British Open by shooting an 8-under 64 to take the clubhouse triple at St. Andrews. Among the players on his tail are several former professionals.
The guy who birdied No. 18 to complete the white card in his first tournament at the home of golf. The American was 7 under after 12 holes and looks to be able to compete with the lowest 18-hole tournament in a major tournament, 62-year-old Branden Grace at the British Open in 2017.
Young made five straight pars — including a three-putting par-5 No. 14 – before his eighth birdie of the final round.
Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion, and 52-year-old Ernie Els, who lifted the claret jug in 2002 and ’12, were 5 in the back nine years. Australia’s Cameron Smith is in the clubhouse after a 67.
Phil Mickelson says he didn’t attend the British Open champions dinner because the R&A told him the club “didn’t think it was a good idea for you to go.”
Mickelson won the British Open in 2013 at Muirfield, but is one of the players who has angered the PGA Tour by playing with LIV Golf, the Saudi-funded chain that has caused chaos in the sport.
“The R&A contacted me a few weeks ago and said, ‘Look, we don’t think it’s a good idea to go, but if you want to, you can.’ I didn’t want to make too much of it, so I said, ‘Okay,'” Mickelson said. We both agreed it would be better if I didn’t.
Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf and a two-time Open champion, was asked not to come to St. Andrews to the food of the players maybe on the 150th anniversary of the competition because it can be confusing.
Mickelson shot even on the first round on the Old Course. He said the lack of food did not take away his joy in St. Andrews.
“I love being here,” Mickelson said. “Everyone here loves golf, and we find this place very spiritual.”
Cameron Young can justify all the previous talk of a low profile in St. Andrews.
Young rolled in a birdie putt from four feet on No. 12 and was leading by three shots at 7 under. Not bad for his first home golf tournament.
The American missed five of his first six rounds. In another event – this year’s PGA Championship – he had a 14-game lead in the final round but finished third.
With six holes remaining in his tournament, Young can compete for the lowest 18 holes in a major tournament.
The record is held by Branden Grace with his 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Rory McIlroy has made three straight birdies from No. 5 and are in second place at 4 down.
Barclay Brown is a member of the same English golf club as Matt Fitzpatrick and appears to be inspired by the newly crowned US Open champion.
The 21-year-old amateur is the clubhouse leader in his first British Open after shooting a 4-under 68 at St. Andrews.
Brown is a member of Hallamshire Golf Club in Sheffield, where Fitzpatrick is also from. Fitzpatrick won his first month in Brookline.
Known around the golf course for his iconic hat, Brown curled in a long, right-to-left birdie putt on the 17th for his last five birdies of the tournament.
Player, Paul Dunne, led 54 holes at the Open in St. Andrews in 2015.
Erik van Rooyen also left St. Andrews.
The South African is out with a back injury and has been replaced by England’s Aaron Rai.
Rai traveled to Scotland on Wednesday from his home in Central England with the hope of playing golf at home. He was promoted to starting rotation with Rikuya Hoshino in place of Justin Rose, who left with a back injury shortly before the start of the rotation.
Joohyung Kim is enjoying his first appearance at the British Open. Rory McIlroy enjoyed his first hole in the St. Andrews, too.
Kim, the 20-year-old from South Korea, reached 4 under and was in a three-way lead with Min Woo Lee of Australia and Cameron Young of the United States.
Finishing third at the Scottish Open last week, Kim emphasized her love of the links. In short he shared a guide to the last round.
McIlroy, who is looking for his first title since 2014, was dressed in his brown and yellow jersey and began to roll and hit more than 50 foot birdie putts.
Ian Poulter is showing his usual style, and all is well at the British Open.
The proud Englishman began his round and came within a few yards of the exit. He then closed on the front 9 and drilled a 50-yard putt to the green on the other side of the fairway.
That puts Poulter at 3 under, tied for first place with Brandon Wu.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose and Alex Noren are both out of the British Open, but only one will play this week. Rose said he felt pain in his lower back after being hit by his driver during Wednesday’s practice. He was on his way Thursday morning but decided not to go.
Noren was in St. Andrews earlier in the week as the first exchange. He left for California to play on the PGA Tour, losing his place in St. Andrews.
Justin Rose has pulled out of the British Open with a back injury.
He has been replaced in the field by Japan’s Rikuya Hoshino.
The 50-year-old Rose appeared to be dealing with a back problem when he left training on Wednesday in practice.
Rose finished fourth as an amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998. Mzungu has two other top 10 finishes at the Open, in 2015 and ’18.
The silver claret jug was first presented 150 years ago to the champion of the British Open. It was Thursday morning on the first tee at St. Andrews when the oldest golf tournament was started.
Scotland’s Paul Lawrie, the Open champion since 1999, was selected to hit a shot earlier this week that is close to 150 at the home of golf. He used a yellow golf ball and found a great way. Gutta-percha was the golf ball of choice in 1860 when the British Open began at Prestwick.
The 150th Open account of the tournament was interrupted by two world wars, one pandemic and another event. The Open was not played in 1871 because Young Tom Morris had won the previous year for the third time in a row. This meant that he took the championship belt. It is the first British Open trophy.
It was a very difficult time for The Open. It was decided that the race would rotate between Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. By the time he designed it, it was too late to play in 1871. He also thought of a new cup – the claret jug.
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