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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Young eagle in 18th place but second at British Open

scheduled tribe. ANDREWES, Scotland ( Associated Press) – For a very brief moment, Cameron Young was tied for the lead on the 18th hole on the final day of the British Open, with only three other players still out.

He never used to stand much chance.

Young finished second at the 150th British Open after driving green at the Old Course and dipping a 17-foot eagle putt to par-4 18th. This placed him at 19-under 269 for the tournament. Playing partner Cameron Smith was also 19-under, but the Australian still had a 2-foot birdie put to make it to 20-under.

“Cameron was not going to miss it,” said Young, who scored 7-under 65 on Sunday and lost to Smith in one stroke.

Eagle took Young a shot ahead of Rory McIlroy, who missed a birdie put a few minutes later on the 18th. But that wasn’t enough to hold on to Smith, who scored 64 in the final round to win the claret jug and equalize the major championship record with his winning score.

“Maybe coming down a shot feels a little worse. If you lose by eight you really don’t care,” said Young, a 25-year-old American from New York. “I signed for 65 this morning. would have done up. And watching Cameron shoot what they did was pretty amazing.

At St Andrews, Young was at or near the top of the leaderboard on all four days. He started with 8-under 64 on Thursday to take an early lead, added 69 in the second round and 71 on Saturday.

Coming out for the final round on Sunday, he and Smith finished third, four strokes behind McIlroy and Victor Hovland.

Two bogeys on the front nine – on the first and ninth holes – set him back, but a total of seven birdies before the eaves on the last put him in contention to win his first Major.

Given Young had birdied that hole in all three previous rounds this week, the bogey on 9 was a surprise.

“I think I worked a little hard to get it on the green knowing that right is totally fine. I was just trying to hit one too hard and turning left to right and I Overdone it,” Young said. “Probably not the best decision I’ve ever made. And not the best shot I hit today. Just one of those times. ,

Young was playing in his first British Open. He’s never made it to the Masters or the US Open, but he did get some valuable major tournament experience at this year’s PGA Championship. He finished third after a double bogey at Southern Hills on the 16th.

“At this point — not as much as some of those other guys — but I’ve been around the lead at least this year,” Young said. “In a major on the PGA Tour, so this isn’t the first time I’ve been in that position.

“And the more I put myself out there, I think I said at the PGA that one of these times I would shoot 5 under back (nine) and that would be enough. And today I did. And it wasn’t. So I think one of these times I will shoot 6 on the back on Sunday and that will be enough.”

Trying to get to that 5-under number on the last nine Sundays meant going out on one last drive.

Many Para 4’s have been made watchable, with the old course running hard and fast throughout the week. Young knew he needed an eagle on the final hole to put pressure on Smith, so he pierced him and went out.

“I don’t know what played that hole this week, but I think maybe more than half of the guys were making birdies. The way Cameron Smith chips and puts, I really didn’t think he’d make a 4. ,” Young said. “So, yeah, I was just trying to get it out there and try to give myself some kind of look, because obviously you never know.”

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