Day two of the Open gets underway with Louis Oosthuizen the leader after impressive first round score of 64… but will Jordan Spieth overtake him today and can the likes of Bryson DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy and Brooks Koepka get back in contention?
- The second day of the 149th Open Championship got underway on Friday
- South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen began the day as the clubhouse leader
- American duo Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman are one stroke behind the leader
- The likes of Bryson DeChambeau and Brooks Koepka had slow starts on day one
The second day of the 149th Open Championship got underway on Friday with Louis Oosthuizen beginning the day as the leader.
The South African hit an impressive 64 at Royal St George’s on Thursday to hold a one-stroke lead over American duo Jordan Spieth and Brian Harman.
A cloudier but still bright day of golf awaits in Sandwich, Kent for the 32,000 spectators who are allowed to attend the Open.
The second day of the Open Championship at Royal St George’s in Kent is already underway
South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen is the clubhouse leader after an impressive 64 on round one
Already underway on Friday are the likes of Padraig Harrington, Jason Day and England’s Paul Waring on a slightly overcast morning in Kent.
Leader Oosthuizen will tee off just before 3pm BST alongside Shane Lowry and pre-tournament favourite John Rahm, with Spieth and Harman resuming their bids half an hour before.
Both Oosthuizen and Spieth have put themselves in excellent opening positions to replicate their respective 2010 and 2017 Open victories.
Jordan Spieth also dazzled the Open crowd once again and is one shot behind Oosthuizen
Australia’s Jason Day is one of the golfers already underway on day two of the Open
Meanwhile, Bryson DeChambeau, who was playing alongside Spieth, struggled to overpower the course and ended Thursday’s opening round one over par.
The American was a frustrated figure on day one of the Open and criticised his own club supplier Cobra after Thursday’s play.
He said: ‘The driver sucks. It’s not a good face for me and we’re still trying to figure out how to make good on the mishits. I’m living on the razor’s edge.
‘It’s a golf course that’s pretty short, so when I hit the driver and it doesn’t go on the fairway, if it’s not in the first cut, it’s in the hay. It’s tough for me to get it on to the green and control that.’
Cobra responded by calling DeChambeau’s comments ‘stupid’ and claiming ‘it’s very rare where he’s happy’.
His rival Brooks Koepka, whose long-running feud with DeChambeau dominated the pre-tournament coverage, finished yesterday’s play two shots ahead after producing a round of 69.
Meanwhile, Rory McIlroy hit a birdie on the eighteenth to end his first round on par. The Northern Irishman will continue his round at 10.20am BST
The best British players from Thursday’s play were English golfers Tommy Fleetwood, Andy Sullivan, Danny Willett and Justin Rose – all on three under par – while countryman Paul Casey is one shot behind.
32,000 spectators were treated to some excellent golf in the Sandwich sunshine on Thursday
THE 149th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
Friday’s tee times
06:35 Daniel Croft (Eng), Aaron Rai (Eng), Paul Waring (Eng)
06:46 Christoffer Bring (Den)*, Jazz Janewattananond (Tha), Daniel van Tonder (SA)
06:57 Matthias Schmid (Ger)*, Brendan Steele (US), Harold Varner III (US)
07:08 Jaco Ahlers (SA), Troy Merritt (US), Adam Long (US)
07:19 Jason Day (Aus), Joost Luiten (Ned), Johannes Veerman (US)
07:30 John Catlin (US), Romain Langasque (Fra), Aaron Pike (Aus)
07:41 Sam Forgan (Eng), Padraig Harrington (Ire), Brad Kennedy (Aus)
07:52 Tony Finau (US), Adam Hadwin (Can), Billy Horschel (US)
08:03 Patrick Cantlay (US), Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng), Ryan Fox (NZ)
08:14 Marc Leishman (Aus), Francesco Molinari (Ita), Matt Wallace (Eng)
08:25 Corey Conners (Can), Collin Morikawa (US), Sebastian Munoz (Col)
08:36 Sam Bairstow (Eng)*, Keith Mitchell (US), Jason Scrivener (Aus)
08:47 Emiliano Grillo (Arg), Benjamin Hebert (Fra), Charley Hoffman (US)
09:03 Keegan Bradley (US), Rafael Cabrera (Spa), Richard T Lee (Can)
09:14 Carlos Ortiz (Mex), Matthias Schwab (Aut), Brendon Todd (US)
09:25 Russell Henley (US), Shaun Norris (SA), Webb Simpson (US)
09:36 Daniel Hillier (NZ), Matt Jones (Aus), Marcel Siem (Ger)
09:47 Tyrrell Hatton (Eng), Kevin Kisner (US), Phil Mickelson (US)
09:58 Rickie Fowler (US), Robert MacIntyre (Sco), Xander Schauffele (US)
10:09 Tommy Fleetwood (Eng), Adam Scott (Aus), Justin Thomas (US)
10:20 Rory McIlroy (NI), Patrick Reed (US), Cameron Smith (Aus)
10:31 Max Homa (US), Matt Kuchar (US), Henrik Stenson (Swe)
10:42 Ben Hutchinson (Eng), Ryosuke Kinoshita (Jpn), Antoine Rozner (Fra)
10:53 Kurt Kitayama (US), Deyen Lawson (Aus), Poom Saksansin (Tha)
11:04 Ricardo Celia (Col), Yuki Inamori (Jpn), Jimmy Walker (US)
11:15 Rikard Karlberg (Swe), Ryutaro Nagano (Jpn), Nicholas Poppleton (Eng)
11:36 Marcus Armitage (Eng), Richard Bland (Eng), Andy Sullivan (Eng)
11:47 Justin Harding (SA), Chan Kim (US), Haotong Li (Chn)
11:58 Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano (Spa), Abel Gallegos (Arg)*, Michael Lorenzo-Vera (Fra)
12:09 Richard Mansell (Eng), Alexander Noren (Swe), JC Ritchie (SA)
12:20 Dean Burmester (SA), Laird Shepherd (Eng)*, Danny Willett (Eng)
12:31 Christiaan Bezuidenhout (SA), Sam Horsfield (Eng), Min-Woo Lee (Aus)
12:42 Viktor Hovland (Nor), Ryan Palmer (US), Thomas Detry (Bel)
12:53 Abraham Ancer (Mex), Paul Casey (Eng), Ian Poulter (Eng)
13:04 Garrick Higgo (SA), Brooks Koepka (US), Jason Kokrak (US)
13:15 Daniel Berger (US), Joel Dahmen (US), Joaquin Niemann (Chi)
13:26 Darren Clarke (NI), Joe Long (Eng)*, Bernd Wiesberger (Aut)
13:37 Marcus Kinhult (Swe), Chris Kirk (US), Jack Senior (Eng)
13:48 Talor Gooch (US), Chengtsung Pan (Tai), Jonathan Thomson (Eng)
14:04 Ernie Els (SA), Cole Hammer (US)*, Gary Woodland (US)
14:15 Sam Burns (US), Jorge Campillo (Spa), Lucas Herbert (Aus)
14:26 Bryson DeChambeau (US), Branden Grace (SA), Jordan Spieth (US)
14:37 Brian Harman (US), Mackenzie Hughes (Can), Dylan Frittelli (SA)
14:48 Guido Migliozzi (Ita), Victor Perez (Fra), Kevin Streelman (US)
14:59 Shane Lowry (Ire), Louis Oosthuizen (SA), Jon Rahm (Spa)
15:10 Stewart Cink (US), Martin Kaymer (Ger), Lee Westwood (Eng)
15:21 Dustin Johnson (US), Justin Rose (Eng), Will Zalatoris (US)
15:32 Sergio Garcia (Spa), Yuxin Lin (Chn)*, Scottie Scheffler (US)
15:43 Harris English (US), Chez Reavie (US), Erik van Rooyen (SA)
15:54 Byeong-Hun An (Kor), Lucas Glover (US), Brandt Snedeker (US)
16:05 Takumi Kanaya (Jpn), Marcel Schneider (Ger), Cameron Tringale (US)
16:16 Lanto Griffin (US), Rikuya Hoshino (Jpn), Connor Worsdall (Eng)
*denotes amateur player
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