Tiger Woods' dream of a fourth victory in the tournament, the third on the legendary Old Course (par 72) in St. Andrews, Scotland, has already vanished. The Californian closed the first round of the 150th edition of The Open in the rear, in 146th place with a score of 78 (+6) hits.
Woods equaled his worst round at The Open, with the same score he signed in 1995 when he was still an amateur.
Tiger Woods, statements
"Probably the highest score I could have signed. I didn't get a good start and the wind certainly didn't help.
To have a chance to access the final phase of the review, I will need at least a partial in 66 (-6)", Tiger's bitterness. At the top of the standings there is Cameron Young. The American, with a bogey free test in 64 (-8), with eight birdies, leads the leaderboard with a two-stroke advantage over the Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy, 2 / o (also in the world ranking) with 66 (-6) ahead of the Cameron Smith from Australia and Robert Dinwiddie from England, 3 / i with 67 (-5).
Among the big names, they share the 5th position with 68 (-4), the Americans Scottie Scheffler (number 1 in the world rankings) and Dustin Johnson (among the new faces of the Super League), and the Norwegian Viktor Hovland.
The same score, among others, for the young British amateur Barclay Brown, among the great surprises of the opening round of the fourth and last male Major of 2022. Not an exciting start for Italians. Francesco Molinari, who in 2018 in this event established himself as the first blue to win a Major and to raise the Claret Jug to the sky, is 77 / o with 73 (+1) strokes on a par with Guido Migliozzi from Vicenza.
A birdie and two bogeys for both of us. While it is 101 / o with 74 (+2) the Roman amateur Filippo Celli, who has earned a place in the field thanks to the recent success in Spain in the European Amateur Championship. Start without jolts for Collin Morikawa as well.
The Californian, reigning champion, is 55 / o with 72 (par). Great bargain crowd in St. Andrews, with Woods greeted by an ovation and acclaimed for all the first 18 holes. A little tired, the "The Big Cat" race, which he won here in 2000 and 2005, immediately started uphill with a double bogey at hole 1, two bogeys at hole 3 and 4 and another double bogey at hole 1.
7. Three birdies achieved, with as many bogeys in the second part of the race. And now the 46-year-old from Cypress, who was unable to cope with the strong wind that blew in the afternoon, is called to react to avoid the exit to the cut that seems likely.
The show was not lacking in Scotland where it is also a challenge between dissidents of the Arab Super League and the loyalists of the PGA Tour. The Australian has announced plans to create an Arab women's golf super league in the future. LPGA Tour and Let, respectively the highest American and continental circuit in pink, are warned.