Youth not being served at The Open

The Open Championship is the oldest and most unique of golf’s four Major championships.

Fitting that it’s the older golfers that sit atop the leaderboard this weekend.

Lee Westwood, at 40 years of age, is the leader after three rounds. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise as the past two champions of this event have both been 42 at their time of victory. What is surprising is that none of the players in the top 10 are under the age of 30, while three golfers, including Westwood, are over the age of 40.

In an era where there is a plethora of young talent, it’s the old guard carrying the load. How have the young guys fared this week? Well, let’s take a look at some of the top players under 30:

-          Rory McIlroy (24); Missed Cut

-          Rickie Fowler (24); Missed Cut

-          Webb Simpson (27); T-34 at 7-over par

-          Keegan Bradley (27); T-25 at 6-over

-          Jordan Spieth (19); T-25 at 6-over

Jason Day (25) and Hideki Matsuyama (21) have the best chance of any under-30 player to take home the Claret Jug on Sunday. Both players sit in a tie for 11th at 3-over, six shots off Westwood’s lead. Day has been close in the previous two Majors this season, finishing 3rd at The Masters and tied for 2nd at the U.S. Open.

It wouldn’t come as much of a shock if a Westwood, Tiger Woods or Adam Scott won anyway. But if none of the players under-30 finish in the top 10, that would be.

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