The 150th Open: Sensational Cameron Young Sizzles at St. Andrews

Cameron Young, The 150th Open, St. Andrews,(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
Cameron Young, The 150th Open, St. Andrews,(Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images) /

Rookie of the year hopeful, Cameron Young, continues to impress after sizzling start in Scotland.

What a year Cameron Young is having, the 25-year-old announced his presence on Tour in a big way earlier this year at the Genesis Invitational where he dueled with eventual Joaquin Niemann until the bitter end en route to a 2nd place finish at Riviera.

Young is growing quite the reputation for getting off to hot starts, he was inside of the top 10 after round one of the Honda Classic, he led the RBC Heritage back in April after an opening round 63, and he ranks 23rd in first-round scoring average on the PGA Tour this season.

Now, he leads the 150th Open after a sensational opening round of 64 at St. Andrews, a round that included eight birdies and no bogeys.

Cameron began his day with a birdie on the par 4, 2nd, a hole which has played over par on average throughout the early wave. He then proceeded to birdie three of his next four holes before rounding out his outward half with another on the 9th to turn in 31.

The New York native would add an additional three birdies to the card coming in, one of which came on the par 3, 11th, after he drained about a 10-foot putt to continue the momentum into the back nine.

The opening 64 was one of the lowest opening rounds recorded at St. Andrews during an Open Championship.

Cameron Young’s wild Major Championship run.

Cameron Young has played in all four Majors this year during his rookie PGA Tour season. He missed the cut in his first ever Masters appearance in April before bursting onto the scene once again at the PGA Championship in May.

Young shot up the leaderboard at Southern Hills over the weekend following consecutive rounds of 67 on Friday and Saturday before narrowly missing out on the Sunday playoff after a few slip-ups down the stretch.

“We had a good time for the most part. Yeah, it’s always a hard day. It’s major championship golf. It was clearly very difficult today. I think we hung in there pretty well for a long time, and unfortunate to have a couple slip away at the end. But it happens when you’re right around the lead.” Young said following his round at Southern Hills back in May.

He would go on to miss the cut at Brookline last month, but not before providing one of the moments of this year’s U.S. Open after he produced a sensational ace during his Friday round.

Cameron will hope those prior experiences this year can help get him over the line at St. Andrews this week.

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He is certainly off to an exceptional start and surely it won’t be too long before the breakthrough finally comes, something Young was confident would happen eventually as he stated after his experience at Southern Hills:

"“If I keep putting myself in tie for the lead or one back with nine holes to play, one of those times I’m going to shoot 5-under on the back, and that’s going to be good enough. It wasn’t today. There will be another one.”"

What a story that would be if that first win since turning professional was to come at the home of golf during the 150th Open Championship.