Even though he made his first buggy of the tournament on the 16e green in his second round, Oosthuizen played 65 and has a two-stroke lead over American Collin Morikawa. The South African points to minus-11 (129) overall. He broke the record of 130 set by Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992 and reissued by Brandt Snedeker at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012.
Oosthuizen narrowly missed the birdie on the last hole – it would have tied him to the all-time record after 36 holes in Grand Slam tournaments set by Brooks Koepka at the PGA Championship in 2019.
However, he still has 36 holes to play, and many obstacles to overcome.
Oosthuizen has finished second in the last two majors: in May at the PGA Championship, where Phil Mickelson won, and in June at the US Open, where Jon Rahm triumphed.
“I’m not really going to worry about those second places,” said Oosthuizen, who won the British Open in 2010. I know I’m playing good golf right now. “
American Jordan Spieth was in a triple tie for the lead before finishing the last six holes of his round at plus-1. He played 67 and has a three-stroke deficit over Oosthuizen.
The golfer nO 1 in the world, Dustin Johnson, posted a score of 65 and is four shots behind.
“I think I’m in a good position,” he said.
Mackenzie Hughes of Hamilton, Ont., Finished the course in 69 strokes to tie in 12e place cumulative, minus-5. Fellow Corey Conners of Listowel, Ont., Played 68 and is one shot behind him.
Their compatriots Adam Hadwin and Richard T. Lee were never in the game and couldn’t avoid the chopper – as was American Phil Mickelson, who finished the first 36 holes at plus-12.
Golfers took advantage of ideal playing conditions at Royal St. George’s, and at least seven of them handed out cards of 65 or less including Rahm, who played 64.
Rory McIlroy is par, 70, after four birdies but as many bogeys.
The former world number 1 hasn’t won a major tournament since 2014.
“It’s hard to accept that I at least have to be happy that I qualified for the weekend, but that’s the reality,” said McIlroy. I will try to be opportunistic [en fin de semaine]. »
Will Zalatoris had to retire after playing 69 in the first round.
Zalatoris indicated that a shot he had attempted from long grass at the 15e Thursday’s hole had caused a sort of numbness in his left leg. Doctors have reportedly advised him not to risk aggravating his injury by playing the second round.
Zalatoris did attempt to hit a few balls on Friday morning, however, and returned to the gym to warm up. His back was still hurting him, so he had no choice but to give up.
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