Oosthuizen leads Open after day two
-11 L Oosthuizen (SA); -9 C Morikawa (US); -8 J Spieth (US); -7 D Frittelli (SA), D Johnson (US); S Scheffler (US)
Selected others: -6 A Sullivan (Eng); -5 P Casey (Eng), J Rahm (Spa), B Koepka (US); -4 D Willett (Eng), S Lowry (Ire); -3 J Rose (Eng)
Follow stay protection of spherical three from mid-day on BBC Radio 5 Live

Record-breaking Louis Oosthuizen holds a two-shot lead at The Open because the world’s greatest tamed Royal St George’s with a flurry of low scores on Friday.

The South African pulled three clear with an eagle at 14 however his first bogey of the event on 17 noticed him card a five-under 65 to shut on 11 underneath par.

Collin Morikawa set the early goal of 9 underneath in spherical two after taking 64 photographs in wonderful sunshine in Kent.

Fellow American Jordan Spieth (67) is an extra shot behind at eight underneath par.

There are a lot of gamers ready to make their transfer on Saturday, edging into rivalry when the wind dropped on the Sandwich venue and scoring circumstances improved.

World primary Dustin Johnson is a kind of, lurking at seven underneath par after a composed 65 late on day two that included seven birdies.

England’s Andy Sullivan and Paul Casey are additionally among the many chasing pack after capturing 67s and sit proper within the combine at six and 5 underneath par respectively.

Reigning US Open champion and world quantity two Jon Rahm climbed to 5 underneath after the Spaniard posted the joint-best rating of the day, his 64 matching Morikawa and Argentine Emiliano Grillo, who sits at six underneath.

Four-time main champion Brooks Koepka can be at 5 underneath, whereas Ireland’s defending champion Shane Lowry posted a five-under 65 to succeed in 4 underneath.

Former Open champion Oosthuizen, who received his sole main at St Andrews in 2010, has dropped only one shot in 36 holes after constructing on his opening 64 with one other spectacular efficiency on day two.

It offers him a 36-hole complete of 129, which is the bottom in Open historical past, beating the whole of 130 by Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992 and Brandt Snedeker 20 years later at Royal Lytham & St Annes.

The world quantity 13 now must convert his benefit right into a second main victory, having posted six runners-up finishes, together with on the 2015 Open, since he lifted the Claret Jug 11 years in the past.

“Feeling good for the weekend,” Oosthuizen, who stated he performed higher on Thursday, informed BBC Radio 5 Live.

“The course was definitely tougher with the wind but there was a lot of birdies on the back nine [on Friday] and I am glad I could get a few. All in all a good day.

“Wherever I’m would have been nice with The Open. As lengthy as I’m up there with 9 holes to go.”

Spieth and Morikawa in rivalry

Morikawa, playing in his first Open, set off at a scintillating pace and posted seven birdies to reach 10 under after 14 but he bogeyed the 15th as he signed for a six-under 64.

The 24-year-old, who won his first major at the US PGA Championship last year, had a chance to reach 10 under par again on the last but could not convert a birdie putt that would have seen him equal the course record.

“I really feel fairly good. Towards the tip of the spherical we stopped hitting fairways and making just a few birdies, however general, it is an excellent 64 and I’ll take it,” he informed BBC Radio 5 Live.

“We have to simply stick with that sport plan for the subsequent couple days.”

Spieth briefly made it a three-way tie at the top of the leaderboard when he birdied the 12th to reach nine under before making his second bogey of the day at the tough par-four 15th.

“It might have been actually particular. I felt like I had a extremely low one in me,” said three-time major champion Spieth, who last won one of golf’s biggest prizes at the 2017 Open at Royal Birkdale.

“I’m in an excellent place however it’s form of a foul style in my mouth for what might have been I suppose.”

Scrambling DeChambeau ‘made mistake’

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy reached one under through 12 despite opening with successive bogeys but the 2014 champion then threatened to unravel down the stretch.

Bogeys on 16 and 17 meant he was teetering on the projected cut line but a birdie on the last saw the 32-year-old post a second 70 of the week and that leaves him at level par.

“If I had completed on one over, I might have been sweating to see if I had made the reduce, however not less than the final birdie ensures me some golf on the weekend,” he informed BBC Radio 5 Live.

Bryson DeChambeau also headed to the 18th not knowing whether he had done enough to make the weekend but a scrambling par saw him post a 70 that included four birdies and as many bogeys to remain on one over.

The American informed reporters his driver “sucks” after a irritating day one and producers Cobra hit again by saying he was performing like a toddler having a tantrum.

He was remorseful on Friday evening, throwing balls and gloves to young fans as he left the 18th and saying afterwards: “I made a mistake and as time goes on I’ll look again on this as a rising second for me personally.

“Hopefully I can make the right things go on from here on out in regards to that because I didn’t mean it, I was in a heated situation and feel really bad about it.”

Phil Mickelson, who received the US PGA Championship in May, wanted a miracle to increase his Open marketing campaign after a 10-over-par first spherical and though he improved, his 72 left him 12 over for the championship and going residence.

Thomson aces 16 on dream debut

Sullivan leads the cost for the house hopefuls after back-to-back 67s took him to 6 underneath, one forward of Casey, whose 5 birdies have been pegged again by two bogeys on Friday.

Danny Willett, the 2016 Masters champion, is seeking to enhance on his joint-best Open end of tied sixth in 2019 and is at the moment 4 underneath par, with Justin Rose a stroke additional again after making an eagle on the par-five 14th.

A number of massive English names sit on two underneath par – Tommy Fleetwood, Lee Westwood, Matt Wallace and Ian Poulter, who bogeyed the 18th.

But they’re additionally joined by Jack Senior, who has by no means beforehand made the reduce at an Open, and Jonathan Thomson, the tallest man to play at golf’s oldest main at 6’9″.

Thomson, who overcame lymphoblastic leukaemia when he was a child to realise his dream of playing professional golf, made an ace at the par-three 16th and then birdied the 17th to finish two under and prolong his major debut into the weekend.

“It’s simply phenomenal. Like the roar, the shot, every thing about that gap, it is indescribable actually,” he stated.

“I simply could not appear to get something going correctly then that occurred and it was simply superior.

“What an experience. You dream about playing in The Open as a kid and then you come here, have a hole in one and make the cut, and it’s just like, ‘wow’.”

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