The Open Championship R2

Louis Oosthuizen sets new 36-hole record

Open Championship 2021 R2
July 15-18
Royal St George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent
$11,500,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4

Open Championship 2021 R2 - Louis Oosthuizen sets new 36-hole record
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Louis Oosthuizen backed up his opening round 64 with a 65 on Friday to take a two shot lead at 11-under in the 149th Open Championship at Royal St George’s Golf Club.

He produced four birdies, an eagle at the par-5 14th and a single bogey at the par-3 16th, his first of the tournament.


Open Championship 2021 R2

His total 129 sets a new record over the first 36 holes at The Open, beating the previous mark of 130 set by Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992 and equalled by Brandt Snedeker at Royal Lytham & St Annes in 2012.

“I only heard that when I walked in,” he said of his new record. “I was not aware of what it was but to have any record at The Open is always very special.

“I think I have really played good the last two days and today we got lucky the last nine holes. It was as good weather as you can get playing this course and all of us took advantage.


Open Championship 2021 R2

“Right now I think where my game is at, I just need to put myself in position, and this year is the best I’ve been putting, and I just need to hit greens and give myself any opportunities for birdies.

“Around this golf course, a lot of things can happen. I don’t think you want to think too much of it on a links course until you get to that 18th green and hopefully you have a lead.”


Open Championship 2021 R2

Collin Morikawa started the day three shots behind the leader but with four birdies on the front nine he reached the turn in 31. He made three more on the back nine as well as a single bogey at the par-4 15th to close with a 64, setting the clubhouse target at 9-under.

“Just sticking to what I’ve been doing. Yesterday I thought I played really well. Just wasn’t hitting as many fairways. Was able to hit a few more fairways early on in the round today.

“When I’m in the fairway with a 9-iron or 8-iron I feel very comfortable. Not necessarily going straight at the pins but being aggressive with the lines I need to take and slopes you need to play.

“Yeah, sometimes you have those days where you’re very fortunate to have good numbers, and today was one of those days.”


Open Championship 2021 R2

Jordan Spieth started his round with three birdies and a bogey then parred the rest of the front nine to make the turn in 33. He made two more birdies and another bogey to close with a 67. He currently lies in third place at 8-under.

World number 1 Dustin Johnson produced a 65, firing six birdies and two bogeys, to reach 5-under and a share of fourth place alongside Dylan Frittelli (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).

Jonathan Thomson made a hole-in-one at the par-3 16th and closed with a 67 to reach 2-under and T31 alongside eight others, among them Ian Poulter (66), Tommy Fleetwood (71) and Lee Westwood (67).


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Open Championship 2021 R2

Matthias Schmid closed with a 65 equalling the lowest individual round by an amateur at The Open. Tom Lewis had previously shot 65 at Royal St George’s in 2011. Schmid is T40 at 1-under.

The cut line of 141 sets a new record at The Open by two strokes. The previous lowest of 143 occurred eight times in the last thirty Championship (1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 2006, 2011 & 2012).

Sixty three players had rounds under 70 on Friday, a new record for a single round at The Open, the previous, set in the first round at Turnberry in 2009, was fifty.

Open Championship 2021 R2

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
Louis Oosthuizen
-11
64
65
129
2
Collin Morikawa
-9
67
64
131
3
Jordan Spieth
-8
65
67
132
T4
Dylan Frittelli
-7
66
67
133
T4
Dustin Johnson
-7
68
65
133
T4
Scottie Scheffler
-7
67
66
133
T7
Emiliano Grillo
-6
70
64
134
T7
Justin Harding
-6
67
67
134
T7
Marcel Siem
-6
67
67
134
T7
Andy Sullivan
-6
67
67
134
T7
Daniel van Tonder
-6
68
66
134
T12
Paul Casey
-5
68
67
135
T12
Mackenzie Hughes
-5
66
69
135
T12
Brooks Koepka
-5
69
66
135
T12
Jon Rahm
-5
71
64
135
T12
Cameron Tringale
-5
69
66
135
T17
Corey Conners
-4
68
68
136
T17
Tony Finau
-4
70
66
136
T17
Ryan Fox
-4
68
68
136
T17
Brian Harman
-4
65
71
136
T17
Shane Lowry
-4
71
65
136
T17
Cameron Smith
-4
69
67
136
T17
Brandt Snedeker
-4
68
68
136
T17
Danny Willett
-4
67
69
136
T25
Byeong Hun An
-3
67
70
137
T25
Daniel Berger
-3
70
67
137
T25
Dean Burmester
-3
70
67
137
T25
Joel Dahmen
-3
69
68
137
T25
Sergio Garcia
-3
68
69
137
T25
Justin Rose
-3
67
70
137
T31
Tommy Fleetwood
-2
67
71
138
T31
Ian Poulter
-2
72
66
138
T31
Chez Reavie
-2
72
66
138
T31
Jack Senior
-2
67
71
138
T31
Webb Simpson
-2
66
72
138
T31
Jonathan Thomson
-2
71
67
138
T31
Johannes Veerman
-2
70
68
138
T31
Matt Wallace
-2
70
68
138
T31
Lee Westwood
-2
71
67
138
T40
Lanto Griffin
-1
69
70
139
T40
Max Homa
-1
70
69
139
T40
Billy Horschel
-1
70
69
139
T40
Viktor Hovland
-1
68
71
139
T40
Jazz Janewattananond
-1
70
69
139
T40
Chan Kim
-1
70
69
139
T40
Kevin Kisner
-1
70
69
139
T40
Joaquin Niemann
-1
69
70
139
T40
Aaron Rai
-1
70
69
139
T40
Matthias Schmid (a)
-1
74
65
139
T40
Adam Scott
-1
73
66
139
T40
Kevin Streelman
-1
70
69
139
T40
Justin Thomas
-1
72
67
139
T53
Abraham Ancer
E
69
71
140
T53
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
E
68
72
140
T53
Richard Bland
E
70
70
140
T53
Sam Burns
E
71
69
140
T53
Harris English
E
75
65
140
T53
Matt Fitzpatrick
E
71
69
140
T53
Padraig Harrington
E
72
68
140
T53
Benjamin Hebert
E
66
74
140
T53
Sam Horsfield
E
70
70
140
T53
Jason Kokrak
E
70
70
140
T53
Rory McIlroy
E
70
70
140
T53
Xander Schauffele
E
69
71
140
T65
Marcus Armitage
+1
69
72
141
T65
Bryson DeChambeau
+1
71
70
141
T65
Rickie Fowler
+1
69
72
141
T65
Talor Gooch
+1
69
72
141
T65
Ryosuke Kinoshita
+1
72
69
141
T65
Yuxin Lin (a)
+1
69
72
141
T65
Robert MacIntyre
+1
72
69
141
T65
Richard Mansell
+1
72
69
141
T65
JC Ritchie
+1
71
70
141
T65
Antoine Rozner
+1
70
71
141
T65
Poom Saksansin
+1
73
68
141
T65
Brendan Steele
+1
73
68
141
T65
Bernd Wiesberger
+1
71
70
141
CUT
Keegan Bradley
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Jorge Campillo
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Tyrrell Hatton
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Russell Henley
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Takumi Kanaya
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Martin Kaymer
+2
74
68
142
CUT
Marcus Kinhult
+2
69
73
142
CUT
Chris Kirk
+2
68
74
142
CUT
Kurt Kitayama
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Marc Leishman
+2
75
67
142
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
+2
69
73
142
CUT
Francesco Molinari
+2
68
74
142
CUT
Sebastián Muñoz
+2
73
69
142
CUT
Ryutaro Nagano
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Ryan Palmer
+2
72
70
142
CUT
Victor Perez
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Henrik Stenson
+2
71
71
142
CUT
Harold Varner III
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Jimmy Walker
+2
70
72
142
CUT
Rafa Cabrera Bello
+3
70
73
143
CUT
Patrick Cantlay
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Stewart Cink
+3
66
77
143
CUT
Branden Grace
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Lucas Herbert
+3
70
73
143
CUT
Daniel Hillier
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Charley Hoffman
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Matt Jones
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Min Woo Lee
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Troy Merritt
+3
73
70
143
CUT
Shaun Norris
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Patrick Reed
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Matthias Schwab
+3
71
72
143
CUT
Laird Shepherd (a)
+3
74
69
143
CUT
Brendon Todd
+3
72
71
143
CUT
Gary Woodland
+3
73
70
143
CUT
Erik van Rooyen
+3
69
74
143
CUT
John Catlin
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Ricardo Celia
+4
72
72
144
CUT
Ernie Els
+4
72
72
144
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
+4
71
73
144
CUT
Adam Hadwin
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Richard T. Lee
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Haotong Li
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
+4
75
69
144
CUT
Keith Mitchell
+4
68
76
144
CUT
Jason Scrivener
+4
73
71
144
CUT
Jason Day
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Lucas Glover
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Brad Kennedy
+5
71
74
145
CUT
Alex Noren
+5
74
71
145
CUT
Carlos Ortiz
+5
75
70
145
CUT
Darren Clarke
+6
71
75
146
CUT
Thomas Detry
+6
72
74
146
CUT
Cole Hammer (a)
+6
75
71
146
CUT
Rikuya Hoshino
+6
74
72
146
CUT
Matt Kuchar
+6
74
72
146
CUT
Joe Long (a)
+6
73
73
146
CUT
Jaco Ahlers
+7
68
79
147
CUT
Sam Bairstow (a)
+7
75
72
147
CUT
Christoffer Bring (a)
+7
72
75
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
+7
74
73
147
CUT
Joost Luiten
+7
76
71
147
CUT
C.T. Pan
+7
71
76
147
CUT
Garrick Higgo
+8
73
75
148
CUT
Nicholas Poppleton
+8
75
73
148
CUT
Paul Waring
+8
72
76
148
CUT
Abel Gallegos (a)
+9
73
76
149
CUT
Ben Hutchinson
+9
77
72
149
CUT
Adam Long
+9
72
77
149
CUT
Aaron Pike
+9
74
75
149
CUT
Marcel Schneider
+9
73
76
149
CUT
Sam Forgan
+10
73
77
150
CUT
Connor Worsdall
+10
77
73
150
CUT
Phil Mickelson
+12
80
72
152
CUT
Daniel Croft
+14
76
78
154
CUT
Yuki Inamori
+16
75
81
156
CUT
Deyen Lawson
+17
80
77
157
W/D
Will Zalatoris
-1
69
69