SANDWICH, United Kingdom – Louis Osthuizen has made history after hitting 36 holes at the British Open.
Despite bugging his first tournament on the 16th green of his second round, Osthuizen played 65 and held a two-stroke lead over American Colin Morikawa.
South Africa points to minus-11 (129) overall. They broke the record of 130 set by Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992 and reissued in 2012 by Brandt Snedeker at Royal Lytham and St.
One-shot hole in the British Omnium
Oosthuizen missed the birdie very rarely on the last hole _ it tied him to an all-time record after 36 holes in the Grand Slam tournament set by Brooks Koepka at the 2019 PGA Championship.
However, it still has 36 holes to negotiate, and many obstacles to overcome.
Oosthuizen has finished second in two past majors: at the PGA Championship in May, where Phil Mickelson won, and in June at the US Open, where Jon Rahm won.
“I’m not really going to worry about those second places,” said Osthuizen, who won the British Open in 2010. I know I’m playing good golf right now. “
American Jordan Spieth was in a triple tie before completing the last six holes of his plus-1 round. He eventually scored 67 and is three strokes below Osthuizen’s top.
World No. 1 golfer Dustin Johnson scored 65 and is four strokes ahead.
“I think I’m in a good position,” he said.
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Mackenzie Hughes of Hamilton, Ontario completed the course in 69 strokes and tied for 12th overall, under-5. Fellow Cory Connors of Listowell, Ont., plays a 68 and has a shot behind him.
His compatriots Adam Hadwin and Richard T. Lee were never in the game and could not escape the chops – just like American Phil Mickelson, who completed the first 36 holes in the plus-12.
Golfers took advantage of the ideal playing conditions at Royal St George, and at least seven of them were handed cards of 65 or less, including Rahm, who played 64.
Rory McIlroy is 70 years old after four birdies, but as many bogeys.
The former world No. 1 player has not won any major tournament since 2014.
“It’s hard to accept that I should be at least happy that I qualified for the weekend, but that’s the reality,” McIlroy said.
Will Zalatoris had to retire after playing 69 in the first round.
Zalatoris said his left leg went numb after his shot on the tall grass on the 15th hole on Thursday. Doctors have reportedly advised him not to risk aggravating his injury by playing the second round.
Zalatoris attempted to hit a few balls on Friday morning, and returned to the gym to warm up. His back was still hurting, so he had no choice but to give up.
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