July 14, 9:30 a.m. GGMT (Grey Goatee Mean Time)
We have the answer to the obvious question, i.e., who is Cameron Young? but only after a little constructive feedback from the Grey Goatee Research geeks, to wit: “If you don’t know (and you should, dumb shit), why should we tell you?”
I didn’t want to play the existential card — I never do — but today I reminded them, gently, that without me they don’t exist. They hate it when I do that.
So: Young, a 25-year-old New Yorker, shot 8-under 64 in Thursday’s first round of The Open Championship to lead by two strokes over Rory McIlroy and three shots over Cameron Smith and Robert Dinwiddie, the 814th-ranked player in the world. Who, I might’ve asked, is he? I don’t need to know.
Young has three T-2 finishes this season and is considered a leading candidate for PGA Tour rookie of the year. I shoulda knowed.
And maybe I should have asked, “Who is Barclay Brown?” He’s a 21-year-old Stanford University junior from South Yorkshire, England, who shot 68 in the first round of his first Open Championship, six strokes better than the next-closest amateurs in the field. If he makes the weekend, maybe we’ll get to know him better.