The 150th Open Championship saw a debutant rise to the top of the leaderboard as PGA Tour rookie Cameron Young stood two shots clear of the field after the opening round. Tying the lowest first round ever recorded by a first-timer in The Open, the Wake Forest product will look to finally enter the winner’s circle as he has finished runner-up on three different occasions this season.
Young will have his work cut out for himself as the 2014 Champion Golfer of the Year, Rory McIlroy, sat alone in second entering Round 2 on Friday. McIlroy is looking to win his first major since 2014 and break free of his still-laudable top 10 finishes that have highlighted his first three such performances this season. While McIlroy is Young’s closest pursuer, Dustin Johnson jumped him atop the leaderboard after the morning session, sitting at 9 under after 36 holes. Johnson, Young, McIlroy and 2022 Masters champion Scottie Scheffler are among the big names on top as Round 2 continues.
Unfortunately, Tiger Woods is neither at the top of the leaderboard nor in contention. The opposite, in fact, as Tiger followed a 6-over 78 on Thursday with a 2-over 75 on Friday to sit 9 over for the tournament and miss the cut. Woods has not played the weekend at consecutive Opens (2019) and consecutive trips to St. Andrews (2015), which he called his favorite golf course in the world. Tiger teared up while taking an emotional walk up the fairway on Friday, although he did not stop while waving on the Swilcan Bridge, indicating that he will likely at least attempt to return to the Old Course one more time before his career is up.
With a star-studded field playing, St. Andrews serving as a historical backdrop and the pressure on given this is the final major of the year, the 150th Open Championship is already shaping up to be one to remember. CBS Sports will update this story with scores and highlights below. Check out the live scores at the top of this story, a more detailed leaderboardRound 2 tee times and a complete Open TV schedule coverage guide.