HomeSportsThe 149th Open: Louis Oosthuizen sets new scoring record of 129 after second-round 65
The 149th Open: Louis Oosthuizen sets new scoring record of 129 after second-round 65
July 16, 2021
Louis Oosthuizen grew to become the primary participant in Open historical past to interrupt 130 for 36 holes as a 65 lifted him two photographs away from debutant Collin Morikawa on a second day of low scoring at Royal St George’s.
By Keith Jackson at Royal St George’s
Final Up to date: 16/07/21 10:30pm
Louis Oosthuizen’s record-breaking efficiency over the primary 36 holes has earned him a two-shot lead on the midway stage of The 149th Open.
Louis Oosthuizen met the problem of debutant Collin Morikawa with a record-breaking efficiency incomes the South African a two-shot lead on the midway stage of The 149th Open.
Morikawa would have harboured excessive hopes of heading into the weekend at Royal St George’s on high of the leaderboard after defying his lack of Open expertise to fireside a seven-birdie 64 to set the early clubhouse goal at 9 underneath par.
Final 12 months’s PGA champion was three photographs away from the sector when he signed his card, however Oosthuizen prospered within the afternoon session underneath clear blue skies and with valuable little wind to deal with, including a 65 to his opening 64 to develop into the primary participant in Open historical past to shoot 129 over the primary two rounds.
Jordan Spieth’s 67 left him three adrift of the chief after 36 holes, whereas world No 1 Dustin Johnson added to the glut of sub-70 scores among the many later starters, a birdie on the final capping a 65 that obtained him to seven underneath.
Pre-tournament favorite Jon Rahm powered into rivalry with a 64 and four-time main winner Brooks Koepka can be inside touching distance of the chief, however Rory McIlroy and Bryson DeChambeau are 11 and 12 photographs behind respectively as each needed to scramble arduous simply to make the minimize.
Oosthuizen led by one shot in a single day however discovered himself three behind as he headed to the primary tee, and he made instantaneous inroads into Morikawa’s lead when he birdied the primary earlier than following a gentle run of pars with a very good 4 on the lengthy seventh.
A birdie on the twelfth not solely drew him degree with the younger American, however it additionally triggered a powerful three-hole surge as he picked up one other shot at 13 earlier than holing from exterior 20 toes for eagle on the subsequent, finishing his transition from three behind to a few forward with 4 holes to play.
Nick Dougherty and Andrew Coltart assessment Collin Morikawa’s second spherical at The 149th Open, the place he threatened a number of information on his solution to a six-under 64
At six underneath for the day, Oosthuizen wanted another birdie to match the course document of 63, however discovering the deep bunker on the sixteenth led to his first dropped shot of the Championship, and he did effectively to keep away from one other at 17 earlier than a rock-solid par on the final ensured his place in historical past as the primary participant to interrupt 130 midway by way of an Open.
“To have any document on the Open, or a part of any document on the Open is all the time very particular,” mentioned Oosthuizen, six instances a runner-up in majors, together with two this 12 months. “I feel I’ve performed actually good the final two days. I in all probability performed a bit higher yesterday within the circumstances we had been enjoying in.
“At the moment we obtained actually fortunate over the past 9 holes. It was nearly as good a climate as you may get enjoying this golf course. All of us took benefit of that. I feel in our three-ball we had a 64 and two 65s, which you do not actually see round a hyperlinks golf course.”
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Oosthuizen, whose rating of 129 was only one wanting Koepka’s all-time main document, is decided to remain grounded and keep away from ideas of operating away with the title as he did at St Andrews in 2010, the place he cruised to a seven-shot triumph.
“The sport is nice, however I do know it is a actually good leaderboard,” he added. “You strive not to think about it till you have completed it. I bear in mind wanting again at 2010, and I do know I had a giant lead, however the first time I actually considered profitable was after my tee shot on 17.
“There have been plenty of issues that might go incorrect at St Andrews coming in, and plenty of issues can occur round right here. I do not suppose you wish to suppose an excessive amount of of it on a hyperlinks course till you get to that 18th inexperienced, and hopefully you’ve got a lead.”
Jordan Spieth was left dissatisfied by missed alternatives throughout a second-round 67 at The Open, dropping the three-time main champion three off the lead
Morikawa’s first event on European soil on the Scottish Open final week offered him with essential suggestions on learn how to handle his manner round a hyperlinks course, and a change of apparatus set-up reaped large rewards as he raced to 10 underneath together with his seventh birdie of the spherical on the 14th.
However he was one among a number of gamers who fell simply wanting matching the course document after he missed from six toes to drop a shot on the fifteenth and parred in to accept a 64 which had him three forward of Daniel van Tonder, Emiliano Grillo and Marcel Siem because the afternoon wave headed out.
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Johnson atoned for an early mistake with three birdies in 4 holes on the outward half, and he picked up three in a row from the twelfth earlier than hitting again from one other bogey at 15 with a 3 on the final to return to seven underneath shortly after Oosthuizen’s compatriot Dylan Frittelli had signed for a 67 to finish the day 4 behind.
Scottie Scheffler can be seven underneath after the WGC Match Play runner-up saved par from 12 toes on the final to cap a 66, whereas 2016 Ryder Cup star Andy Sullivan handed in a second straight 67 to put in himself as main Englishman forward of Paul Casey.
Koepka birdied the ultimate three holes to card a 66 and soar to 5 underneath, with Rahm responding to his disappointing first-day 71 with six birdies in a bogey-free 64, and he can be assured of creating a major dent in Oosthuizen’s benefit on Saturday having pipped the South African to the US Open title final month.
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Shot of the day undoubtedly belonged to Jonathan Thomson, who was flirting with the minimize till he made a spectacular hole-in-one on the sixteenth, and a birdie at 17 lifted the 6ft, 9in big to 2 underneath alongside fellow Englishmen Matt Wallace, Tommy Fleetwood, Ian Poulter, Lee Westwood and Jack Senior.
However McIlroy’s probabilities of ending his main drought look slim after he was pressured to name on his psychological fortitude to get better from a bogey-bogey begin, needing a second birdie of the week on the final to shoot 70 and keep at degree par and one forward of DeChambeau, whose off-course distractions are producing extra headlines than his golf on the Kent coast.