Open Championship 2022: Cameron Young opens 64

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Cameron Young played for the first time Old course on the street. Andrews was one of his best moments in golf. The last one was even better.

In his Debut at the British OpenYoung blazed his way down the track in a light breeze and finished with a long birdie with two hits for 8-64, two hits ahead of Rory McIlroy among the first players.

Young, whose father is a longtime professional in New York’s Sleepy Hollow, first came to Scotland in 2010 when he was 13. Andrews, Carnousty, North Berwick – not knowing then that he would even go on to play golf.

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Cameron Young of the USA strikes on the 4th hole during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022

Cameron Young of the USA strikes on the 4th hole during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022
(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

“Every time you step on the first tee, whether on the 18th green or anywhere else, it’s impossible to hide how special this place is,” Young said. “And that was definitely the goal to get to the open championship. And the fact that I was here for the first time is a little special for me.”

He is not even sure that he showed the best result in the first round. His tee shots didn’t always go where he was looking. But in the short time of his return to St. Andrews, he learned enough about where to go and how to play on a centuries old circuit to get by just fine.

Young was eliminated in 31st. He drove down the green on the 12th par-4, leaned back 8 feet and hit it to get the birdie to 7-under par. Record result at St. Andrews was within reach on a good scoring day.

Cameron Young of the USA on course 18 during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022

Cameron Young of the USA on course 18 during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022
(AP Photo / Gerald Herbert)

But on the 14th he delivered a three at par. His chance for a 10ft birdie on the 15th flew out of the cup. He missed another good chance from 15 feet on the next hole.

However, the 25-year-old New Yorker had few complaints. He loves links golf.

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“Honestly, I don’t think I understood much,” Young said. “You can play here every day for a year and you just scratch the surface of what you might know about this place. There are so many bumps and little nuances on a golf course that we will never know in four or five days. what I had to prepare.

What about that trip? He still has great memories, none better than in St. Louis. Andrews.

“My dad asked to be allowed to play from the back tees. I think that’s what you should do if I remember correctly,” he said. “So when we went out to take the first shots from the R&A building right there, there was apparently a bunch of R&A members watching. And I’m glad I didn’t know. I’m sure I would be nervous because of my mind. “

It’s hard to get Young’s pulse right now. He’s been in the game long enough to know he shouldn’t go too far ahead. It’s the perfect start, and for now, that’s all there is.

“I am happy that I scored 64. I am happy that, as far as I know, I am still leading the Open Championship, but this will not change how I feel in an hour,” he said.

Cameron Young of the USA plays from the 3rd tee during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis.  Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022

Cameron Young of the USA plays from the 3rd tee during the first round of the British Open at the Old Course in St. Louis. Andrews, Scotland Thursday 14 July 2022
(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

His rookie year on the PGA Tour is one of his best, though Young is unhappy about not winning. A year ago, he was only in the top 500 of the world. Now he is no. 32, thanks to four top-three finishes, including PGA Championshipwhere he completed one playoff shot in the Southern Hills.

Now he can only hope for another chance in this year’s final Major.

His father, David Young, is a PGA Master of America. He thought the trip to Scotland was crucial to his son’s real passion for golf.

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“It was raining like the first four days we were there, and I have pictures of him in my knee-length raincoat, soaking wet,” David Young said at the PGA Championship. “I think, ‘After this trip, this kid will never want to play golf again.’ But it turned out just the opposite. It excited him.”