Golf – British Open: Young alone leader after the first round, Perez under par, Woods not in the game

Published on July 14, 2022 at 11:34 p.m. – updated on July 15, 2022 at 12:00 a.m.


Thanks to a card with eight birdies, Cameron Young took the lead of the British Open at the end of the first round with two strokes ahead of Rory McIlroy. Victor Perez started his tournament one stroke under when Tiger Woods had a day to forget.

The British Open is back where it all began. For its 150th edition, the prestigious major tournament returns to the “Old Course” of Saint-Andrews seven years after its last visit to the Scottish course. On this par 72, Cameron Young had the best start. With four birdies on the first six holes, the American hit hard from the start and never wavered. Ending the first half with one last birdie, the Scarborough native rocked the final nine holes to return a card at 64, eight under par. Cameron Young’s closest rival is Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman, winner of “The Open” in 2014 at Royal Liverpool, also had an interesting start to the day but may regret the only small slag that is the bogey conceded at hole number 13. With a total of 66, or six under par, Rory McIlroy is two shots behind the leader.

Perez satisfied with his first day

Behind the Northern Irishman, Cameron Smith and Robert Dinwiddie separate from third place three strokes behind Cameron Young, a card of 67 in this first round of the British Open. The only Frenchman present this week in Saint-Andrews, Victor Perez intends to pass the cup of a Major for the first time in his season. A first round that the Habs revealed with seriousness, making a birdie at three numbers 5 and 9 before continuing on his incorporated at number 12. But, from the next hole, the native of Séméac went a little off the rails with a bogey then a second at number 15. Managing to close the game, Victor Perez concluded his course with a card of 71, a shot under par. “Doing minus 1, playing under par on a first round of Major, it was important”, named the Habs on a daily basis The Team. Ensuring to be “content overall” of his part, Victor Perez remains down to earth, assuring that “we can not expect to have a perfect day on the greens”.

Poulter heckled, Woods on the ropes

This first day was marked by the whistles that accompanied the entry into the running of Ian Poulter. The Briton, authorized to play despite his joining the dissident league LIV Golf financed by Saudi Arabia, suffered the public’s frown but that did not distract him, quite the contrary. Including an eagle on hole number 9, Ian Poulter returned a card of 69, three strokes under par. Tiger Woods, meanwhile, had a very difficult day on a course that saw him win “The Open” in 2000 and 2005. Weighed down by a missed start to the course and four bogeys on the first seven holes, the “Tiger » tried to raise his head with birdies at 9 and 10 but this rhythm did not hold. After this first round, the American points to an anonymous 146th place because of a card at 78, six strokes under par. The challenge facing Tiger Woods for the second round will be to erase this bad impression and do everything to pass the cut.

Ranking after the 1st round (par 72) – Thursday July 14, 2022
1- Cameron Young (USA) 64
2- Rory McIlroy (NIR) 66
3- Cameron Smith (Australia) 67)
Robert Dinwiddie (ENG) 67
5- Barclay Brown (ENG) – 68
Kurt Kitayama (USA) 68
Lee Westwood (ENG) 68
Brad Kennedy (Australia) 68
Viktor Hovland (NOR) 68
Talor Gooch (USA) 68
Dustin Johnson (USA) 68
Scottie Scheffler (USA) 68

35- Victor Perez (FRA) 71

146- Tiger Woods (USA) 78

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