Great Britain Open | Tiger Woods finishes the round at 6 of 78
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland
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Tiger Woods dumped his second shot at the British Open in the Swilcan Burn and things didn’t improve much after that.
The three-time champion ended up with a double bogey on the first hole. He also double-bogeyed the No. 7. He finished 6 of 78 on the Old Course, where he won two of his major titles.
The inflated score leaves him with a slim chance of making the weekend in what could be his last Open at St. Andrews.
Perhaps it was too much to expect Woods to face this week, despite being one of the greatest players to ever buy a golf club.
Tiger Woods finally has a birdie on his card at the British Open. He still has a long way to go to get out of the hole he dug himself on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Woods went up and down behind the green on the par-4 ninth hole for his first birdie of the day. He still came out 5 of 41 and was already 13 shots off the lead.
The start was as bad as he could have expected. He hit in the Swilcan Burn on the first hole and missed a short putt to take a double bogey. He made another double bogey by hitting the bunker at the wrong hole as he played the seventh.
Along the way, it was missing well to the left of the tee. Woods made a pair of key putts to keep it from getting worse.
The score was good. Just over 50 players are under par. Cameron Young remains the leader after his 64 in his Open debut.
Rory McIlroy got the start he wanted at St. Andrew’s. With a birdie on the last hole, McIlroy opened with a 66 and edged PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young by two strokes.
McIlroy had the 18-hole lead in the PGA Championship. He was only one stroke behind after one round of the US Open. In both majors, it was the third round that escaped him.
McIlroy says he feels in control of his game and it gives himself a bit more freedom. He says he hopes to give a better account of himself.
Tiger Woods hoped for better. Instead, it just keeps getting worse. After his double bogey on the opening hole, Woods made another double bogey on the No. 7 after hitting a bunker on an adjacent fairway. It is 6 on seven holes.
Tiger Woods started this British Open at St. Andrews the same way he did last time.
He hit his second shot in the Swilcan Burn.
Woods received a cheer so loud it could be heard hundreds of feet away. And then he caught too much turf with his club and the ball bounced around before disappearing into the famous creek that meanders along the fairway. He took a penalty, threw over the burn and missed a short putt. His day started with a double bogey.
Woods hit in the burn in 2015 and only bogeyed.
This is the third major of the year for Woods. He made the cut in the Masters and PGA Championship. But he has only played seven competitive rounds this year.
Cameron Young opened his first British Open shooting 8-under at 64 to take the clubhouse lead by three shots at St. Andrews. Among the players on his heels are a few former champions.
Young putt two birdie putts at No. 18 to complete a clean card in his first competitive round at the home of golf. The American was 7 under after 12 holes and looked set to challenge the 18-hole lowest score at a major championship, Branden Grace’s 62 at the British Open in 2017.
Young made five straight pars — including three par-5 putts at No. 14 — before his eighth birdie of the round at the final.
Rory McIlroy, the 2014 champion, and Ernie Els, 52, who lifted the Bordeaux pitcher in 2002 and 2012, were 5 under halfway through their final nine. Australia’s Cameron Smith is in the clubhouse after a 67.
Phil Mickelson says he didn’t attend the Champions dinner before the British Open because the R&A told him the club “didn’t think it was a good idea to go”.
Mickelson won the British Open in 2013 at Muirfield, but he is among the players who infuriated the PGA Tour by playing with LIV Golf, the Saudi-funded breakaway series that caused a rift in the sport .
“The R&A contacted me a few weeks before and said, ‘Look, we don’t think it’s a good idea for you to go, but if you want to, you can.’ I just didn’t want to make a big fuss about it, so I said, “Fine,” Mickelson said. “We both agreed that it would be best if I didn’t.”
Greg Norman, CEO of LIV Golf and two-time Open champion, has been asked not to come to St. Andrews for the Champions Dinner either on the tournament’s 150th anniversary, as it could be a distraction.
Mickelson fired even on the first lap on the Old Course. He said missing the meal didn’t take away his enjoyment of St. Andrews.
“I love being here,” Mickelson said. “Everyone here loves golf, and we find this place very spiritual.”
Cameron Young could justify all the pre-event talk about record scores at St. Andrews.
Young rolled in a four-foot birdie putt at No. 12 and led by three strokes on 7 under. Not bad for his first round of competition in the house of golf.
The American missed the cut in five of his first six major tournaments. In the other – the PGA Championship this year – he was tied for the lead heading into the 14th tee in the final round but ended up finishing in third place.
With six holes remaining in his round, Young could challenge for the lowest 18-hole score at a major championship.
The record is held by Branden Grace with his 62 at Royal Birkdale in 2017.
Rory McIlroy has birdied three straight from No. 5 and is tied for second with 4 under.
Barclay Brown is a member of the same English golf club as Matt Fitzpatrick and appears to be taking inspiration from the recent US Open champion.
The 21-year-old amateur is the club house leader in the first round of his first British Open after shooting 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 major last month at Brookline.
Distinctive at home of golf in his colorful hat, Brown curled a long right-left birdie putt at No. 17 for the last of his five birdies in his round.
An amateur, Paul Dunne, shared the lead over 54 holes at the last Open at St. Andrews in 2015.
Erik van Rooyen is another dropout at St. Andrews.
The South African withdrew due to a back injury and was replaced by Englishman Aaron Rai.
Rai traveled to Scotland on Wednesday from his home in central England in the unlikely hope of playing golf. He was promoted to first alternate after Rikuya Hoshino replaced Justin Rose, who pulled out due to a back injury just before he was due to start his turn.
Joohyung Kim is enjoying his first appearance at the British Open. Rory McIlroy also enjoyed his first hole at St. Andrews.
Kim, a 20-year-old South Korean, reached the turn at 4 under and was tied at three for the lead 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 underscored her taste for links. He briefly shared the lead in the final round.
McIlroy, looking for his first major title since 2014, stood out in his maroon and yellow outfit and started his game with a putt from over 50 feet for a birdie.
Ian Poulter delivers his usual dose of drama, and all is well at the British Open.
The flamboyant Englishman started his round by approaching a few meters from the exit of the field. And then he closed the front nine by hitting a 50-yard putt on the opposite side of the ninth green for an eagle 2.
That puts Poulter at 3 under, tied for early starters with Brandon Wu.
Meanwhile, Justin Rose and Alex Noren are both absent from the British Open, but only one of them will play this week. Rose says she felt pain in her lower back after a swing with her driver in practice on Wednesday. He was on the range Thursday morning but decided he couldn’t go.
Noren was at St. Andrews earlier in the week as the first substitute. He ended up leaving for California to play the PGA Tour event, losing his spot at St. Andrews.
Justin Rose has withdrawn from the British Open due to a back injury.
He was replaced on the pitch by Rikuya Hoshino from Japan.
Rose, ranked No. 50, appeared to have back problems as he left the course on Wednesday during his practice round.
Rose finished tied for fourth as an amateur at Royal Birkdale in 1998. The Englishman has two other top-10 finishes at the Open, in 2015 and 2018.
The Silver Claret pitcher was first awarded 150 years ago to the British Open champion. It was Thursday morning on the first tee at St. Andrews that golf’s oldest championship began.
The Scottish Paul Lawrie, champion of the 1999 Open, has been selected to strike the first shot of this historic week dedicated to the 150th edition in the cradle of golf. He used a yellow golf ball and found the wide fairway. Gutta-percha was the golf ball of choice in 1860 when the British Open began at Prestwick.
The 150th Open explains that the championship was canceled by two world wars, a pandemic and another occasion. The Open was not played in 1871 because young Tom Morris had won the previous year for the third consecutive time. This means he has taken possession of the championship belt. This is the original British Open trophy.
It was a critical moment for The Open. It was decided that the Championship would rotate between Prestwick, St. Andrews and Musselburgh. By the time they fixed it, it was too late to play in 1871. They also decided on a new trophy – the Jug of Bordeaux.
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