World number 32 Cameron Young sizzles with an eight-under-par 64. He seizes the lead in the first round of the 150th British Open at St. Andrews on Thursday. The early tee-off proves advantageous for Young. He rolls in eight birdies for a bogey-free round at the Old Course. The 25-year-old American, who finished joint third in this year’s PGA Championship, is two shots clear of 2014 Open winner Rory McIlroy, who shot three straight birdies from the fifth to the seventh holes en route to an opening-round 66. The golfers’ opening salvo has brought big-time excitement for PGA golf betting enthusiasts who wanted to see great matches and earn money simultaneously.
LIV Golfers in the Mix
Australian Cameron Smith and Scot Robert Dinwiddie shared third with a 67. A group of golfers carded a 68, including world number one Scottie Scheffler of the United States and LIV series members Lee Westwood and Dustin Johnson. The world’s oldest golf tournament did not escape the controversy caused by the breakaway LIV tour. The parbusters who joined the Saudi-backed event were the targets of criticism before the start of the Open.
Among the people who were critical of the upstart golf event were 15-time major winner Tiger Woods and R&A chief executive Martin Slumbers. Ian Poulter, who is among the 24 players in this week’s line-up that have joined the LIV series, received heckles and boos from the audience on the first tee. But that did not affect Poulter as he shot a 69. Defending champion Collin Morikawa is eight shots off the pace as he carded an even-par 72.
Meanwhile, it seems like Tiger Woods should shut his mouth and let his hands do the talking. The veteran has work to do in the second round after carding a woeful six-over-par 78. The American, who won two times at St. Andrews, shot two double-bogeys and five bogeys. Woods was spared by three birdies that prevented a disastrous opening round from being even worse. He said that he might need a major miracle to make it to the weekend, which is still possible considering the low scores that came up on Thursday. Meanwhile, some golfers stayed a little longer than expected as the course’s tight, crisscrossing layout caused frequent delays. The light was also fading badly, with the final groups still concluding their rounds.
Barracuda Championship: Two Share Lead in the First Round
American golfers Charley Hoffman and Mark Hubbard seized the first-round lead at the Barracuda Championships in Truckee, California, on Thursday. Hubbard and Hoffman scored 13 points in the US Professional Golfers Association-sanctioned tournament. The US parbusters both produced seven birdies and a bogey in the opening round. They are a point ahead of Americans Brice Garnett and Sean Crocker, as well as Canadian Aaron Cockerill. The tournament uses the Modified Stableford scoring system.
Under this scoring format, players gain eight points for an albatross, five for an eagle, two for a birdie, and none for par. A point is subtracted for a bogey, and three points are taken away for a double bogey or worse. The Barracuda Championships has no clear favorite, with the big guns competing in St Andrews for the British Open. Despite the absence of big stars, the competition remains exciting and golf oddsmakers will have their work cut out for them in choosing the winner of the event.