Louis Oosthuizen Retains Lead at Open Championship After Day 2

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Royal St. George’s Golf Club, Sandwich, Kent, England — July 16, 2021

The weather at Royal St. George’s Golf Club for the 149th Open Championship continues to be the most remarkable feature of the event. Perfect playing conditions allowed the best golfers in the world ample opportunity to show off their skills, without the blustery wind so often experienced on the coast of England.

Louis Oosthuizen, yesterday’s opening round leader, was 6 under par after scoring an eagle on the par-5, 14th hole. He was looking to post consecutive rounds of 64, a bogey on the par-3, 16th cost him a repeat of his Day 1 score. Still, Oosthuizen broke the record for the lowest 36 total in Open Championship history. His mark of 129 bested by 1 stroke the previous record of 130 achieved by Brandt Snedeker (2012) and Nick Faldo (1992).

Louis Oosthuizen leads after Day 2 at the Open Championship / Getty Photo

A Crowded Leaderboard

Oosthuizen added a stroke to the margin of his lead at 11 under. Second place belongs to Collin Morikawa, the 2020 PGA Champion, who matched Oosthuizen’s opening round 64 for a 2-day total of 9 under par.

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Jordan Spieth sits in 3rd place at 8 under par. Dustin Johnson, Dylan Frittelli, Scottie Scheffler are tied for 4th at 7 under. Johnson worked himself up the leaderboard with a round of 65 that included 7 birdies and 2 bogeys.

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Five players are tied at -6, including Andy Sullivan who is the highest-ranked Brit at this point of the tournament. Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, and Englishman Paul Casey are in a group tied for 12th at 5 under.

Koepka could not resist the chance to take a shot at DeChambeau’s driver controversy. After his 66 brought him into contention he happily declared “I love my driver.” He should, it helped him to 4 birdies over the final 5 holes.

Rahm’s 2nd round score tied for the lowest round of the week with a bogey-free 6 under par 64, which included 3 birdies on each of his nines.

Notable Names

Tony Finau(-4), Brandt Snedeker(-4), and Brian Harman(-4) are in a group tied for 17th. Harman could not follow up his opening round 65, which left him tied with Spieth after Day 1, as he carded a 1 over par 71 on Day 2.

Spains Sergio Garcia(-3), and England’s Justin Rose(-3), Ian Poulter(-2), Lee Westwood(-2), and Tommy Fleetwood(-2) will need to get things going to move into contention on Saturday.

Rory McIlroy(E), Bryson DeChambeau(+1), and Rickie Fowler(+1) made the cut, but are likely out of contention baring a major shakeup of the leaders.

Missing the Cut

Internationals Martin Kaymer(+2), Francesco Molinari(+2), and Ernie Els(+4) failed to make the cut. As did Americans Patrick Cantlay(+3), Gary Woodland(+3), Patrick Reed(+3), Stewart Cink(+3), and Matt Kuchar(+6).

Phil Mickelson rebounded from his opening round 80 with a 2 over par score of 72. All will take an early flight home.

Highlights

Full Leaderboard After 2 Rounds of the 149th Open Championship

Position Player To Par Round 1 Round 2 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 Daniel van Tonder -6 68 66 134
T7 Emiliano Grillo -6 70 64 134
T7 Marcel Siem -6 67 67 134
T7 Andy Sullivan -6 67 67 134
T7 Justin Harding -6 67 67 134
T12 Paul Casey -5 68 67 135
T12 Brooks Koepka -5 69 66 135
T12 Mackenzie Hughes -5 66 69 135
T12 Jon Rahm -5 71 64 135
T12 Cameron Tringale -5 69 66 135
T17 Tony Finau -4 70 66 136
T17 Ryan Fox -4 68 68 136
T17 Corey Conners -4 68 68 136
T17 Cameron Smith -4 69 67 136
T17 Danny Willett -4 67 69 136
T17 Brian Harman -4 65 71 136
T17 Shane Lowry -4 71 65 136
T17 Brandt Snedeker -4 68 68 136
T25 Dean Burmester -3 70 67 137
T25 Daniel Berger -3 70 67 137
T25 Joel Dahmen -3 69 68 137
T25 Justin Rose -3 67 70 137
T25 Sergio Garcia -3 68 69 137
T25 Byeong Hun An -3 67 70 137
T31 Johannes Veerman -2 70 68 138
T31 Matt Wallace -2 70 68 138
T31 Webb Simpson -2 66 72 138
T31 Tommy Fleetwood -2 67 71 138
T31 Ian Poulter -2 72 66 138
T31 Jack Senior -2 67 71 138
T31 Jon Thomson -2 71 67 138
T31 Lee Westwood -2 71 67 138
T31 Chez Reavie -2 72 66 138
T31 Lanto Griffin -2 69 69
T41 Aaron Rai -1 70 69 139
T41 Jazz Janewattananond -1 70 69 139
T41 Matthias Schmid -1 74 65 139
T41 Billy Horschel -1 70 69 139
T41 Kevin Kisner -1 70 69 139
T41 Justin Thomas -1 72 67 139
T41 Adam Scott -1 73 66 139
T41 Max Homa -1 70 69 139
T41 Chan Kim -1 70 69 139
T41 Viktor Hovland -1 68 71 139
T41 Joaquin Niemann -1 69 70 139
T41 Kevin Streelman -1 70 69 139
T53 Padraig Harrington E 72 68 140
T53 Matt Fitzpatrick E 71 69 140
T53 Benjamin Hebert E 66 74 140
T53 Xander Schauffele E 69 71 140
T53 Rory McIlroy E 70 70 140
T53 Richard Bland E 70 70 140
T53 Christiaan Bezuidenhout E 68 72 140
T53 Sam Horsfield E 70 70 140
T53 Abraham Ancer E 69 71 140
T53 Jason Kokrak E 70 70 140
T53 Sam BurnsCallaway E 71 69 140
T53 Harris English E 75 65 140
T65 Brendan Steele 1 73 68 141
T65 Robert MacIntyre 1 72 69 141
T65 Rickie Fowler 1 69 72 141
T65 Antoine Rozner 1 70 71 141
T65 Ryosuke Kinoshita 1 72 69 141
T65 Poom Saksansin 1 73 68 141
T65 Marcus Armitage 1 69 72 141
T65 JC Ritchie 1 71 70 141
T65 Richard Mansell 1 72 69 141
T65 Bernd Wiesberger 1 71 70 141
T65 Talor GoochCallaway 1 69 72 141
T65 Bryson DeChambeau 1 71 70 141
T65 Yuxin Lin 1 69 72 141
Cut Line
T78 Harold Varner III 2 70 72 142
T78 Francesco Molinari 2 68 74 142
T78 Marc Leishman 2 75 67 142
T78 Sebastián Muñoz 2 73 69 142
T78 Keegan Bradley 2 71 71 142
T78 Russell Henley 2 70 72 142
T78 Tyrrell Hatton 2 72 70 142
T78 Henrik Stenson 2 71 71 142
T78 Kurt Kitayama 2 71 71 142
T78 Jimmy Walker 2 70 72 142
T78 Rikard Karlberg 2 72 70 142
T78 Ryutaro Nagano 2 70 72 142
T78 Ryan Palmer 2 72 70 142
T78 Chris Kirk 2 68 74 142
T78 Marcus Kinhult 2 69 73 142
T78 Jorge Campillo 2 72 70 142
T78 Victor Perez 2 70 72 142
T78 Guido Migliozzi 2 69 73 142
T78 Martin Kaymer 2 74 68 142
T78 Takumi Kanaya 2 70 72 142
T98 Troy Merritt 3 73 70 143
T98 Patrick Cantlay 3 74 69 143
T98 Charley Hoffman 3 72 71 143
T98 Rafa Cabrera Bello 3 70 73 143
T98 Brendon Todd 3 72 71 143
T98 Matthias Schwab 3 71 72 143
T98 Shaun Norris 3 72 71 143
T98 Matt Jones 3 72 71 143
T98 Daniel Hillier 3 72 71 143
T98 Patrick Reed 3 72 71 143
T98 Laird Shepherd 3 74 69 143
T98 Min Woo Lee 3 74 69 143
T98 Gary Woodland 3 73 70 143
T98 Lucas Herbert 3 70 73 143
T98 Branden Grace 3 72 71 143
T98 Stewart Cink 3 66 77 143
T98 Erik van Rooyen 3 69 74 143
T115 John Catlin 4 75 69 144
T115 Adam Hadwin 4 75 69 144
T115 Jason Scrivener 4 73 71 144
T115 Keith Mitchell 4 68 76 144
T115 Richard T. Lee 4 75 69 144
T115 Ricardo Celia 4 72 72 144
T115 Haotong Li 4 75 69 144
T115 Michael Lorenzo-Vera 4 75 69 144
T115 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño 4 71 73 144
T115 Ernie Els 4 72 72 144
T125 Jason Day 5 75 70 145
T125 Brad Kennedy 5 71 74 145
T125 Carlos Ortiz 5 75 70 145
T125 Alex Noren 5 74 71 145
T125 Lucas Glover 5 75 70 145
T130 Matt Kuchar 6 74 72 146
T130 Thomas Detry 6 72 74 146
T130 Darren Clarke 6 71 75 146
T130 Joe Long 6 73 73 146
T130 Cole Hammer 6 75 71 146
T130 Rikuya Hoshino 6 74 74
T136 Christoffer Bring 7 72 75 147
T136 Jaco Ahlers 7 68 79 147
T136 Joost Luiten 7 76 71 147
T136 Romain Langasque 7 74 73 147
T136 Sam Bairstow 7 75 72 147
T136 C.T. Pan 7 71 76 147
T142 Paul Waring 8 72 76 148
T142 Nicholas Poppleton 8 75 73 148
T142 Garrick Higgo 8 73 75 148
T145 Adam Long 9 72 77 149
T145 Aaron Pike 9 74 75 149
T145 Ben Hutchinson 9 77 72 149
T145 Abel Gallegos 9 73 76 149
T145 Marcel Schneider 9 73 76 149
T150 Sam Forgan 10 73 77 150
T150 Connor Worsdall 10 77 77
152 Phil Mickelson 12 80 72 152
153 Daniel Croft 14 76 78 154
154 Yuki Inamori 16 75 81 156
155 Deyen Lawson 17 80 77 157
WD Will Zalatoris -1 69