SANDWICH, England — Louis Oosthuizen set a 36-hole report at The Open and is midway to ending that run of close to misses on the majors.
He’ll have to carry off a solid of main champions on the weekend at Royal St. George’s.
On a day of nice summer season climate that took the concern out of the hyperlinks off Sandwich Bay, Oosthuizen broke away from a three-way tie with a birdie-birdie-eagle run from the twelfth gap. He shrugged off his first bogey of the week for a 5-under 65 and a 2-stroke lead on Friday.
One other shot again was Jordan Spieth (67), going after his fourth main.
Lurking was two-time main champion Dustin Johnson, the No. 1 participant on this planet, who shot 65.
This would be the fifth time within the final 9 rounds at a significant that Oosthuizen, the 2010 Open champion at St. Andrews, has had at the least a share of the lead. He was runner-up on the previous two majors, to Phil Mickelson on the the PGA Championship in Might and to Jon Rahm the U.S. Open final month.
“I am not likely going to consider the second spots,” mentioned Oosthuizen, when requested what he’ll do in another way this time. “I do know my sport is in an excellent place.”
He’ll additionally pay attention to the standard of participant behind him, although.
Morikawa, making fairly a debut in hyperlinks golf, made seven birdies in his first 14 holes as a part of a clinic in iron play. He missed a 5-foot par putt on No. 15 and had a 10-foot birdie putt on the ultimate gap catch the lip.
Spieth, 4 pictures behind when he teed off, was tied for the lead after 12 holes after which performed the final six holes in 1 over.
Then there was Johnson, a runner-up at Royal St. George’s in 2011, who caught his strategy on the final to three ft for a birdie and a spherical of 65, which left him tied for fourth place at 7 beneath with Dylan Frittelli of South Africa (67) and Scottie Scheffler (66).
Rory McIlroy did, too, needing a birdie on the ultimate gap for an additional 70. He was 11 pictures behind.
Different huge names weren’t so fortunate: No. 7 Patrick Cantlay, No. 9 Patrick Reed, former Open champions Francesco Molinari and Henrik Stenson, and Darren Clarke, the 2011 champion at Royal St. George’s, have been all headed dwelling.