The Old Grand Lady is taking a beating in the 150th Open Championship at St. Andrews

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — The Great Old Lady takes a beating.

With little wind offering little or no resistance in the first stages of the 150e Open Championship, and with the floor crumpled up mimicking concrete to produce a layout much shorter than the 7,313 yards on the scoreboard, the Old Course at St. Andrews was defenseless against the best players around the world in the opening round of Thursday.

Red numbers dominated the famous yellow leaderboards as 40 of the first 100 players to take the old ties were under par.

Leading the barrage of birdies was Cameron Young, who is seeking his first PGA Tour title. Young contested the PGA Championship (he finished tied for third) and is in contention for a major title again after an 8-under 64 that gave him the club lead. He is three strokes ahead of Cameron Smith, the Players champion.

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Ernie Els with his caddy before teeing off on the third hole during the first round of the 150th Open Championship golf tournament at St. Andrews Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports

A blast from the past – Ernie Els, 52, who won the Open in 2002 and 2012 – was 5 under over 13 holes. Rory McIlroy, four-time major winner and 2014 Open champion, was between 4 and 12 years old. Fourteen players were in their 60s, including Bryson DeChambeau, who was 69.

Around 45 players are yet to play, including Tiger Woods.

“It’s nice to start a week off right, really,” Smith said. “But these majors, I think the harder the course gets, especially here, how it’s going to get really firm and really fast, it’s almost going to be like I’m holding on over the weekend. It’s good to get out and draw a number and put me well below normal.

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