Mark Calcavecchia makes the first tee shot in the farewell opening match

Light rain greeted early starters as day two of the 150th Open Championship got underway in St Andrews.

Former winner Mark Calcavecchia fired the opening shot at 6:35 a.m. in his final match in the game’s oldest major championship.

The 62-year-old exceeds the 60-year age limit for former champions, but was granted an injury waiver in 2021 and the Open canceled in 2020.

Mark Calcavecchia tees on the second hole of two of The 150th Open (David Davies/PA) (PA wire)

Calcavecchia, who lifted the Claret Jug at Troon in 1989, struggled to open the 83rd and passed second and third on Friday to remain in last place above 13 on par.

At the other end of the rankings, world number two Rory McIlroy had to wait a long time to continue his bid for a fifth major title with a tee time of 2.59pm.

McIlroy’s superb opener at 66 left him two shots behind American Cameron Young, who marked his Open debut with a perfect 64, a score that only McIlroy himself had beaten in the round. first of the Open on the Old Court.

The 63-year-old McIlroy returned in 2010 and was followed by 80 in bad weather, while an ankle injury sustained while playing football kept him out of his bid to retain the Claret Jug at the same venue on 2015.

Rory McIlroy is looking for a first major title since 2014 at the 150th Open (David Davies/PA) (PA wire)

“It’s been a good start to a major tournament, three games in a row for me now, and I’m looking forward to the next few days,” said McIlroy, who knows full well that he has failed to make it. turn those starts into overdue, one-third wins. -round 74 dealing damage at US PGA and 73 at the same US Open stage are equally costly.

“I need to go out and back up what I’ve done. I think that’s the important thing to do.

“I played well, I swung well, and I thought it would be better if I didn’t think about it that much and I just go out and play golf and try to score some good points on one of my favorite golf courses. my favorite in the world. “

Tiger Woods has made it clear that the Old Course is definitely his favorite, but winners here in 2000 and 2005 struggled to open 78, taking six hours and eight minutes to complete.

That leaves Woods potentially needing 67 or 66 to make the cut, with the 15-time big winner coming out just before 10 a.m. alongside US Open champions Matt Fitzpatrick (equal) and Max Homa (+ first).

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